County to add COVID-19 testing site

COLUMBUS, Ind. — A contract between county government and a Covington, Kentucky company will result in free COVID-19 tests becoming available in the months ahead.

The Bartholomew County Commissioners approved a lease agreement that will allow Gravity Diagnostics, LLC to use the 1,800-square-foot former health department building at 2675 Foxpointe Drive for COVID-19 testing. Late last year, the nursing division moved to a larger facility located just a few doors away at 2625 Foxpointe Drive.

Last July, the state of Indiana signed the agreement with Gravity Diagnostics to provide reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing for COVID-19. The Kentucky firm has already established more than 20 testing sites in Indiana, and has the capacity to expand up to45 sites as the need warrants, according to the company’s website. All Bartholomew County government was required to do was to secure a place for the company to administer the testing.

While the six-month agreement is good from Feb. 1 to July 31, it could be extended if the state approves a longer testing period, according to Amanda Organist, director of nursing at the health department.

For the complete story, see Tuesday’s Republic.