COVID-19 Testing Information
Testing In Porter County and Indiana State Department Of Health Testing Guidelines.
- Although there is still a limited ability to test for COVID-19 in Porter County, we are continuing our efforts to obtain more supplies for healthcare entities to use;
- Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) and CDC testing protocols are still applicable;
- Even if you are symptomatic (cough and fever over 100.4) you may not meet IDSH guidelines for testing;
- If you are mildly ill and symptomatic you are advised to self-isolate (stay at home);
- It is our hope employers are understanding and supportive of their employees’ absence from employment due to an effort to isolate and help control the spread of the virus;
- If your symptoms persist or get worse it is recommended you contact your primary care provider for guidance. Please be sure to call before you visit so they can be prepared to receive you;
- If you have an emergency, it is recommended you go to the Emergency Room or call 911. If you are going to the Emergency Room please be sure that you call first before you visit so they can be prepared to receive you.
Questions may be directed to:
- Indiana State Department of Health: 877-826-0011
- Porter County Health Department: 219-465-3525
Frequently Asked Questions About COVID-19 Testing In Porter County - Updated March 28, 2020
Who Does COVID-19 Testing In Porter County?
Porter Regional Hospital is testing by Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) guidelines, available from the ISDH website, with an order and state reference number.
Kouts Family Clinic is offering driver through appointments after a phone call screening. Those are the only two sitesw we know of as of today offering COVID-19 testing within Porter County.
How Many Porter County Residents Have Been Tested?
Testing capacity has increased over the past 2 weeks. More testing supplies have become available and more labs are able to provide testing. There is still a lag of up to a week to get test results depending on the reference lab to which the specimen is sent. During this time, patients are sent home to self-isolate as if they are positive for COVID-19 until the test results are returned.
The Porter County Health Department does not have precise numbers of Porter County residents tested. Testing sites are not required to report this information or required to report negative results.
How many Porter County residents are waiting to be tested?
For patients who have a doctor’s order and a reference number from ISDH, testing at Porter Regional Hospital can be done without delay. If a patient meets criteria at Kouts Family Clinic, they are able to test within 1-3 days according to their testing schedule.
How many Porter County residents are there who are suspected to have COVID-19 but have not been tested due to limited availability? What monitoring is taking place in such cases?
The Health Department is monitoring a few higher risk individuals who have had either a travel or personal contact history that have not been able to be tested according to ISDH guidelines. Those patients are contacted twice a day to check on their symptoms, answer questions and ensure the self-isolation protocols are followed. We are trying to get all symptomatic, high risk patients tested.
How many tests are available? How many tests are available now versus current and future need?
The testing sites in Porter County have enough supplies to test those currently meeting ISDH testing guidelines. Those with mild symptoms will likely not get tested, unless additional commercial testing capacity is increased significantly across the United States.
How many Porter County residents have tested positive? How is Porter County tracking/monitoring these individuals? How many of positive tests are in a hospitals versus people being asked to self-isolate at home?
The total number of Porter County residents who have tested positive for COVID-19 are updated daily on the Porter County Facebook page and County website. Most of them are at home on self-care and self-isolation.