INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -
Indiana’s health commissioner is encouraging more Hoosiers to get tested for
the coronavirus, saying that the state’s COVID-19 testing capacity is now
“greater than it’s ever been.”
Indiana has more
than 250 testing locations, but some sites have seen a drop in the number of
people coming to get tested, said Dr. Kristina Box, Indiana’s health
“All the testing
availability in the world doesn’t do any good if people aren’t willing to
get tested,” Box said Wednesday at Gov. Eric Holcomb’s weekly coronavirus
Since the beginning
of the pandemic in March, more than 2 million tests have been conducted in
Indiana on 1.37 million individuals, the Indiana Business Journal reported.
But the seven-day
average number of individuals tested has fallen to around 9,000. That’s down
from August, when more than 13,000 individuals were being tested daily.
Box said she
understands that some people who don’t have COVID-19 symptoms or only have a
case of the sniffles may not want to get tested because they would have to
isolate if they test positive.
“But if we don’t
know who’s positive and take steps to isolate those individuals, we risk
allowing COVID-19 to spread unchecked across our state, and that means our
lives will be disrupted for a longer period of time,” she said.
Box urged Hoosiers
to respond to phone calls and text messages sent by the contact tracers
Indiana has hired to help the state with coronavirus tracing.
From May through
Sept. 15, contact tracers have made more than 477,000 phone calls and sent
nearly 632,500 text messages. Box said 75% of those contacts have been
successful, but stressed that it’s important “to please answer the call or