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Lack of Funding Closes COVID Testing Site

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A COVID-19 testing site serving three southern Indiana counties is closing, but health officials say it’s not due to a lack of demand. 

Fewer than half of Hoosiers eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine have been fully vaccinated. That’s according to the Indiana Health Department Vaccine dashboard. Despite that, the tri-state is seeing coronavirus testing sites close as the state fails to deliver on promised funding.

The Dubois County Health Department issued a release Thursday saying the Dubois, Spencer and Martin County COVID-19 testing site is closed indefinitely even though vaccine rates in Spencer and Martin counties are as low as 38%.

The site was funded by a state grant that expired June 30th. The area was promised a second round of funding on last week to keep the site open, but health department officials say the money is nowhere to be found.

If and when the money does come through, officials say the site will reopen.

Those needing a COVID-19 test can search for a testing site at coronavirus.in.gov