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Allen County Department of Health partners with Kroger to offer free drive-thru testing

KROGER COVID-19 TESTING

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA21) - Kroger and the Allen County Department of Health have teamed up to offer free drive-thru COVID-19 testing starting this week.

The first testing site will be in the Bishop Dwenger High School parking lot at 1300 E. Washington Center Road.

The drive-through testing begins on Thursday at 8:30 a.m. and goes until 5:30 p.m. and continues to Friday with the same start and end time.

Organizers will announce next week's testing schedule later on.

If you'd like to take part, you'll need to register ahead of time using this online tool.

There, you'll take a virtual screening test based on CDC guidelines to see if you're eligible for a COVID-19 nasal swab test.

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Those who are deemed eligible can select an appointment time. Then, you'll receive an email confirmation with pre-appointment paperwork.

Organizers say you should bring a photo ID to the test.

When you arrive, you're asked to keep your car window rolled up until a healthcare practitioner approaches you and asks you to roll your window down.

The drive-thru testing location has a self-administered nasal swab that must be ordered and observed by a provider.

Kroger Health professionals expect to test as many as 330 people per day.

You can expect to get a result back within 48 hours.

eTrueNorth, a contractor of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Service is providing laboratory services for this testing site.

This comes the day after the Indiana State Department of Health announced a statewide initiative to begin testing any symptomatic Hoosier that wants to be tested.

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Kayla Crandall

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