Gov. Eric Holcomb acknowledged the state is facing a potential mental-health crisis, and said he is committed to offering services to Hoosiers who are feeling troubled.
Both types of locations are considered serious in a pandemic, because the virus can spread quickly in confined spaces. In addition, elderly people in nursing homes or prisons with underlying medical conditions are considered especially vulnerable if they are infected.
Other big insurers, including Cigna, Humana and UnitedHealth Group, have already rolled out similar moves.
State leaders on Wednesday defended “targeted testing”—or restricting tests to certain high-risk groups—saying they didn’t want to deplete test supplies.
The decision means perhaps tens of thousands of additional people can get tested at Lilly’s drive-thru, including people who work in grocery stores, pharmacies, banks and other places listed by the state as essential.
The Indianapolis-based health insurer is accused of falsely certifying the accuracy of incorrect diagnosis data from doctors and other health providers over four years.
The list of volunteer professionals includes doctors, nurses, paramedics, dentists, veterinarians, therapists and midwives. Many of those people will be used to free up health care workers who have experience with more critical care.
In a deal that could eventually be worth close to a billion dollars, Eli Lilly and Co. is teaming with a British biopharmaceutical company in one of the hottest areas in medical research.
The state said more than 5,300 health care workers who are not currently working in hospital settings have volunteered to help during the projected coronavirus surge, which is expected to begin in mid April.
IUPUI said Monday it is cleaning and sanitizing University Tower to house health care workers, but no plans have been announced locally for temporary field hospitals.
State officials again refused to say how many ventilators or intensive-care unit beds hospitals have, citing confidentiality agreements with hospitals and vendors. Some hospitals expect their supplies to run short in coming weeks.
As Indiana state health commissioner, Dr. Kristina Box finds herself in the spotlight as the highest-ranking public health official in the state during the pandemic, which threatens to overwhelm hospitals.
Officials at Otterbein Franklin SeniorLife Community say a nurse and therapist also tested positive and are recovering at home.
The move comes as doctors, nurses and hospitals across the country plead with federal officials to provide more critical medical supplies.
As in other states, tests are being reserved for health care workers and people with strong symptoms who have been in contact with someone who has tested positive.
The drugmaker did not say whether it might broaden the testing in the future to include non-health care workers.
This area has 1,081 intensive care unit beds, but they could be filled by coronavirus patients within weeks under numerous scenarios mapped out by the Harvard Global Health Institute.
State officials have taken sharp criticism in the last week for the slow pace of testing. Through Tuesday, the Indiana State Department of Health had conducted 193 tests, out of which 39 were presumed positive.
Under the hot glare of television lights, before dozens of reporters and spectators at the Indiana Statehouse on Monday afternoon, Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb began talking of war, combat and a long, hard, struggle ahead.
Just like the pandemic that is sweeping the world, news about COVID-19 is developing almost too quickly to comprehend.