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New Fort Wayne testing site to include south side of the city

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA21) - Next week, Fort Wayne residents on the south side of town can get COVID-19 testing for free thanks to a partnership between the Allen County Health Department and Kroger.

Last week, organizers set up a drive-thru testing site at the Bishop Dwenger High School parking lot at 1300 E. Washington Center Road.

That first wave of testing there served 668 people in two days.

Now, Kroger Health and the department of health will resume that drive-thru service on Thursday and Friday at the same location from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

The health department and the Allen County Office of Homeland Security secured a site to expand testing throughout the county.

Next week, and for the remainder of the month, free testing will shift to southern Allen County.

Residents can get tested at the Public Safety Academy / Ivy Tech South Campus at 7602 Patriot Crossing on May 14-15, May 21-22, and May 28-29 from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

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.

You can expect to get a result back within 72 hours.

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

Kroger Health expects hundreds more to seek testing this week.

FREE drive-thru COVID-19 testing returns this week! Thanks to Kroger again for the partnership. Testing will be at...

Posted by Allen County Department of Health on Tuesday, May 5, 2020

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Kayla Crandall

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