State ends local COVID testing at armory

After operating for more than a year, the COVID-19 testing site at Johnson County’s National Guard Armory closed Friday.

The test site is closing following the Indiana Department of Health’s decision to cease its partnership with OptumServe Health Services to provide a state-wide network of testing sites.

Since May 6, 2020, the program provided 541,000 free tests to Hoosiers in 53 counties, according to a press release from the department of health. By the end of the month, testing will cease in the final 30 counties that are being served by an Optum site, the department said.

There are still many sites where county residents can get tested, but those have limited hours, especially on the weekends.

Johnson Memorial Health is still providing tests for a few hours every week day at the hospital.

The Johnson County Health Department now offers tests at Compass Park because demand slowed too much to support a need for their site at the fairgrounds, said Betsy Swearingen, health department director.

Right now the Compass Park site offers tests on a walk-in basis every day but Friday and Sunday, but will add testing on Fridays and subtract testing on most Saturdays starting in July, Swearingen said.

Testing is also available at four local Walgreens pharmacies and all CVS locations in Johnson County, during pharmacy hours.

Testing numbers are down but tests are still given every day across the state and in Johnson County. On Friday, results from over 15,000 new states were reported from across the state, and 248 new test results were reported in Johnson County, according to data from the department of health.

Though fewer tests are given now that 46% of Hoosiers and 50% of county residents are vaccinated, positive cases are uncovered each day and cases still land people in the hospital.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends getting tested under the following circumstances: if you’re symptomatic; were in close contact within six feet for 15 minutes or more of someone with COVID-19; are at a higher risk to COVID-19 after a situation with high risk for exposure, and people who have been referred to be tested by their health care provider.

High risk circumstances include: travel, attending large social or mass gatherings, and being in crowded or poorly ventilated indoor settings, according to the CDC.

Even people who have been vaccinated should get tested if they develop symptoms of COVID-19, the CDC says.

Similarly, people who have had COVID-19 in the past three months do not need to be tested following exposure if they do not develop new symptoms, the CDC says.

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COVID-19 testing is available at the following locations in Johnson County:

Compass Park

Location: 690 State St, Franklin.

Scheduling: Visit to schedule an appointment; walk-in and drive-up available.

Hours: 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday and Wednesday; 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday ; 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday; No testing on Friday.

Requirements: Age 2 and above.

Johnson Memorial Health

Location: 1125 W. Jefferson St, Franklin.

Scheduling: Appointment required, drive-thru testing available.

Hours: 9-10 a.m. and 1-2 p.m. Monday through Friday by appointment only.

Requirements: Doctor’s order, symptomatic or clearance for medical interventions occurring at Johnson Memorial Health.

Windrose Health Network – Edinburgh

Location: 911 East Main Cross Street, Edinburgh

Scheduling: Call 317-680-9901 or register at

Hours: 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday, Thursday through Saturday; 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday.

Requirements: Age 2 and above.

CVS Pharmacies

Location: All CVS locations in Johnson County.

Hours: During pharmacy hours.

Scheduling: By appointment,; drive-thru testing.

Requirements: Symptomatic or potential exposure to COVID-19.

Walgreens Pharmacies

Location: Franklin Walgreens; Greenwood locations at 700 U.S. 31 S., 1290 N. State Road 135 and 720 S. State Road 135.

Hours: During pharmacy hours.

Scheduling: Visit; drive-thru testing.

Requirements: Symptomatic or potential exposure to COVID-19.