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Valpo Ivy Tech to be advanced C19 test site

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Ivy Tech Community College’s Valparaiso campus has been selected by the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) as a Northwest Indiana site for advanced COVID-19 testing to measure the spread of the virus throughout the state.

Data collected will provide “critical information to understand how the virus is affecting Hoosiers and what may be done to protect the community,” according to a statement released on Friday by Valparaiso Mayor Matt Murphy.

“As a community, it’s vitally important to learn how widespread the COVID-19 virus has become and whether or not many of us benefit from some immunity,” Murphy said. “We’re grateful to Ivy Tech Chancellor Aco Sikoski and his staff for hosting this testing for the local region. We value these important partnerships and Ivy Tech’s ongoing leadership.”

“Data are key in guiding our response in the fight against COVID-19 and our partnership with Fairbanks School of Public Health researchers will provide high-quality information to help shape our decision-making,” Gov. Eric Holcomb said.

Participants in the study will be selected randomly to represent a cross-section of the population. They will be notified by mail, text message, or phone.

In total, at least 20,000 Hoosiers will be tested for the study, which will be conducted in four phases over the next year, beginning this past Saturday, April 25. This first round of testing will include a pool of at least 5,000 Hoosiers from across Indiana’s 10 emergency preparedness districts. Testing will include both nasopharyngeal swabs and blood draws. The nasopharyngeal swabs will be tested for COVID-19 within 72 to 96 hours, while the blood samples will be tested at a later date for antibodies to determine if an individual has had COVID-19 in the past. Participants will choose how they wish to be notified of their individual results and collective results will be available after the study is complete.

“Having the ability to not only test for the presence of this virus, but also to learn more about people who have been exposed in the past and might have antibodies that indicate past infection, will help us fine-tune our work to keep Hoosiers safe from this pandemic,” ISDH Commissioner Dr. Kris Box said. “We are grateful that this partnership will make that happen.”



Posted 4/27/2020




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