INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) — Indiana University Health announced Friday it has the capability to test for the virus that causes COVID-19.
The number of tests is limited, according to a press release. Priority for testing will be given to high-risk, seriously ill patients and health care workers who may have been exposed.
Testing capacity is expected to increase over the next two weeks, but will still be used as a method to confirm patients have the illness, and not as method to screen for it.
"The COVID-19 crisis continues to impact our communities in Indiana and abroad, and I want our patients to know we are here for them," IU Health President Dennis Murphy said in a statement. "As more diagnostic testing resources become available, we will expand the number of patients we are able to test."
Physicians must order the test after a patient has already completed a COVID-19 screening with a doctor or online through the IU Health virtual clinic.