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Some southern Indiana health departments struggle to stock rapid COVID-19 tests | News

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) — Some southern Indiana health departments are struggling to stock enough rapid COVID tests.

The Clark County health department posted on Facebook Monday, saying it was running out of rapid tests. Another notice was published Tuesday that the health department was completely out of rapid tests.

“This isn’t just a problem in Clark County,” said Dr. Eric Yazel, Clark County health officer. “This is a statewide problem and frankly probably a nationwide problem.”

But Yazel said he’s optimistic this is a short-lived issue.

“Hopefully this is just a bump in the road and that the supply chain will open up and we won’t have these problems again,” he said.

Yazel said the health department gets its testing supplies primarily from the state of Indiana. Despite requests for faster tests, he said no clear date has been given when a new shipment could arrive.

The Clark County Health Department still has PCR testing available. That’s the COVID-19 tests that take a few days to get the results back. Yazel said he recommends the PCR tests in most situations because they tend to give more accurate results.

The Floyd County health department sees similar problems. Health Officer Dr. Tom Harris said they ran out of rapid tests last week, leaving three days of testing with PCR testing the only option. Harris said another shipment has since arrived from the state with 600 rapid COVID-19 test kits, but he believes delivery will only take about 10 days.

There are other options for getting a COVID-19 test outside of the health departments. Pharmacy chains, hospital systems and groups such as Bluewater Diagnostics offer local testing.

“The rapid test kits are going to be a little harder to come by at this point,” said Erik Korte, Bluewater lab director. “There’s a shortage nationwide, but we haven’t had any issues where we had to stop testing or postpone testing.”

Bluewater offers several testing sites in Kentucky counties, and Korte said rapid tests and PCR testing will continue to be available.

Bluewater will host a testing and vaccination event at the St. Stephen Family Life Center off West Kentucky Street on Sunday, December 12 from noon to 2 p.m.

UofL Health, Norton Healthcare and Baptist Health all said their systems have fast enough tests. According to Norton Healthcare, there is currently a demand for testing and the supply is being monitored.

According to Walgreens: “Walgreens offers free drive-thru COVID-19 testing for children ages 3 and up, as well as home testing kits that can be purchased in-store and online. Drive-thru testing appointments are available up to 2 days in advance. We are seeing increasing demand to over-the-counter COVID-19 testing nationwide and are working with our suppliers to ensure customers have access to self-test kits during the holiday season.For individuals looking for specific items, Walgreens.com will update with the latest available store inventory information often during the day.

At-home COVID-19 testing kits use a simple nasal swab or saliva sample to detect the virus. As with drive-thru testing, the turnaround time for results depends on which test you’re doing.”

Click here to learn more about testing at Walgreens.

CVS and Kroger did not respond to a request for comment.

Home rapid test kits are available through the Louisville Metro Department of Health, while supplies last. Click here for information. Click here to search for Louisville test locations by zip code.

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