COVID-19 testing

(Photo: Ball State University on Facebook)

Ball State University will require students be tested for COVID-19 when they return in January for the spring semester.

Several schools like Indiana University and Purdue required students arriving on campus this past fall to be tested for coronavirus.  But Ball State was not one of them.  Instead, it allowed students to “self-certify” they had tested negative or quarantined safely before moving to Muncie.

Courtesy of the Elkhart Co. Health Dept.

Elkhart County reported a record 131 new COVID-19 cases Wednesday. Those findings were reported on Thursday, Oct. 8, by the State Department of Health.


That surpasses the county’s previous daily case record of 112, reported back in June. County health officials are concerned that area hospitals could soon be overwhelmed.


When asked how quickly hospitals could reach capacity, Elkhart County Health Department spokesperson Melanie Sizemore said, soon. 

(Courtesy of the governor's office)

Nearly 100 new COVID-19 testing sites are going up around the state, run by local health departments.


The Michigan Department of the Health and Human Services (MDHHS) is offering free COVID-19 testing in Niles starting on Wed., Sept. 9. 


Purdue University announced the school is “formulating plans” to require all students to take a COVID-19 test before arriving at the West Lafayette campus for the upcoming academic year -- and for the school to cover the costs of that testing. 

Justin Hicks / WVPE Public Radio

Rapid COVID-19 antibody testing will soon be available for uninsured Elkhart County residents at the Center for Healing & Hope. The clinic provides affordable medical services to people with little to no health insurance and support for undocomented immigrants.

Darian Benson, Side Effects Public Media

African-Americans across the country are dying from the new coronavirus at a much higher rate than whites. Experts have a lot of explanations, but they also say more data is needed. In Indianapolis, a new no-cost testing program hopes to increase COVID-19 testing in African-American communities.

Marion County, the county that covers metro Indianapolis, is setting up free test sites to address health disparities.  It started Thursday in Arlington Woods, a predominantly African-American neighborhood that is the county’s biggest hotspot for COVID-19 cases.