x
Breaking News
More () »

13 WTHR Indianapolis | Indianapolis Local News & Weather

IU Health begins COVID-19 testing

Priority for testing will be given to high-risk, seriously ill patients and health care workers who may have been exposed.
IU Health Methodist sign. (WTHR)

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.