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GREENSBURG — Decatur County has a mobile COVID-19 testing site at 119 W. Railroad Street in Greensburg. It’s been set up since May 14, and despite adequate personnel to operate it and its 12 hour daily availability, the actual number of tests being performed are very low and local officials are concerned.

“Having a local testing site in Decatur County is something many people wanted, so they should feel good about the opportunity to get tested close-by,” said Decatur County Health Department Readiness Coordinator Sean Durbin.

Mobile COVID-19 testing is available by appointment from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. weekdays through June 5 at the former Decatur County Jail.

Online registration is available at https://lhi.care/covidtesting. Phone-based registration for patients without internet access or to register minors for testing is available at 888-634-1116.

Persons eligible for testing include those who are symptomatic (cough, shortness of breath) and the at-risk population that includes:

  • People 65 years and older
  • People who live in a nursing home or long-term care facility
  • People of all ages with underlying medical conditions, particularly if not well controlled, including people with chronic lung disease or moderate to severe asthma
  • People who have serious heart conditions
  • People who are immuno-compromised. (Many conditions can cause a person to be immuno-compromised including cancer treatment, smoking, bone marrow or organ transplantation, immune deficiencies, poorly controlled HIV or AIDS, and prolonged use of corticosteroids and other immune weakening medications.)
  • People with severe obesity (body mass index of 40 or higher)
  • People with diabetes
  • People with chronic kidney disease undergoing dialysis
  • People with liver disease

Others eligible for testing include those who have had close contact with a positive COVID-19 patient and those who work or will be in close contact with an at-risk population.

“They wanted it, it’s there, so people should use it,” said Durbin.

Durbin encourages people to stay home unless absolutely necessary and to follow the guidance offered at https://backontrack.in.gov.

Contact Bill Rethlake at 812-663-3111, ext 217011 or email bill.rethlake@greensburgdailynews.com

Contact Bill Rethlake at 812-663-3111, ext 217011 or email bill.rethlake@greensburgdailynews.com