Testing FAQs

The Fishers Health Department offers free COVID-19 testing for all Hoosiers residents ages 5+ and older. Find more information and schedule your testing appointment here.

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Who is eligible to receive COVID-19 testing? 
All Hoosiers ages 5+ are eligible for testing. Patients do not have to be symptomatic in order to take the test. 

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Beginning on February 15, the Technology Drive testing site will be closed for testing due to decreased demand. School-based exposures (residents and nonresidents) can be tested at the drive-thru Fishers Health Department Testing Site.

Parents and guardians can schedule appointments for children age 5-17. Patients wishing to secure a COVID-19 testing appointment for their minor child(ren) 5 and older will need to consent for any minor and accompany the child to the testing.

Minor children who are sick or experiencing any unusual symptoms should be fully assessed by their primary medical provider. The assessment and COVID-19 testing are not medical evaluations and should not be considered a substitute for any testing ordered by a medical provider.

Do I have to be a resident to get tested? 
No. The Fishers Health Department (FHD), in coordination with the Indiana Department of Health, has opened additional free COVID-19 testing capacity at its testing site located at 3 Municipal Drive. Fishers residents will continue to have access to the Fishers Health Department testing site, co-located with the IDH site. The partnership adds evening and Saturday hours for Hoosiers to receive testing.

When is the Fishers Health Department performing COVID-19 testing? 
The Fishers Health Department and Indiana Department of Health sites provide testing during the following hours: 

  • Monday: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Tuesday: Noon - 7 p.m.
  • Wednesday: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. 
  • Thursday: Noon - 7 p.m. 
  • Friday: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Saturday: Closed
  • Sunday: Closed

You must submit a pre-screening form to make an appointment. 

If you are testing due to close or direct contact to COVID-19, we recommend that you choose an appointment 5 days from the date of your last exposure to the infected individual.

Where does testing take place? 
Testing takes place in the Fishers City Services Building at 3 Municipal Drive. See the Testing Site Map for details. You must submit a pre-screening form to make an appointment. 

How quickly can I get results?
Test results are typically available in 3 business days, however, with the demand across the country for testing, we are anticipating an increase in testing turnaround times. We cannot guarantee any specific turnaround time for purposes of travel or other needs. The Fishers Health Department does not recommend gathering with those outside of your immediate household at this time.

Is the testing site ADA accessible? 
The City of Fishers COVID Testing Site is ADA Accessible. Wheelchair accessible taxis and vehicles are able to come to the drive-thru testing site and the testing crew on-site will assist to ensure the testing can be completed successfully.

Can I bring my pets while I get tested?

Please keep your pets secure while attendants are near the car to ensure ease of testing.

How can I prepare my child for testing?
Prior to bringing a young child for testing, parents and guardians are encouraged to watch the video with their child about the testing process to prepare them on the testing procedure.

Learn more on how to support your child during the testing procedure with this video from Mayo Clinic.

What types of tests will be conducted? And what is the efficacy rate?
The test is a PCR nasal swab test. According to our lab partners, Mid America Clinical Laboratories, their test has 95% efficacy.

Do I have to keep testing until I get a negative test?
If you receive a positive test and complete your quarantine, you do not need to be tested again for 90 days. Please reach out to your PCP and get a letter stating you can return to work/school.

What COVID-19 data is available to the public?
See the Fishers community-wide data dashboard in full screen. View the Fishers Health Department Testing Site data dashboard. The Indiana Department of Health also has an interactive dashboard to view county- and state-wide data. 

Will antibody or antigen testing be available? 
Not at this time. A note from Chief Medical Director, Dr. Indy Lane:

Antibody tests for COVID-19 virus (SARS-COV-2), also known as serological tests, are available to detect antibodies to the COVID-19 virus in an individual’s blood. Antibody testing cannot be used to diagnose or rule out a COVID-19 infection. A positive COVID-19 antibody test means there are antibodies to COVID-19 in an individual’s blood and indicates exposure to the virus even in asymptomatic people. Currently, we are uncertain if a positive antibody test provides protection against COVID-19 or prevents reinfection. At this time, the value of antibody testing is limited and we do not fully understand how the tests can be used to prevent the spread of COVID-19 infections. Everyone, regardless of their antibody status, should follow the recommended CDC guidelines such as covering the nose and mouth with a mask when in public or around symptomatic people, social distancing, and frequent handwashing to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus in our communities.

Who will conduct testing? 
Qualified and trained testing technicians will perform COVID-19 tests. Test results will be provided by Mid-America Clinical Laboratories. 

How do I sign up for a test? 
Hoosiers should visit the testing sign up page to schedule an appointment.

If you need assistance or do not have access to a computer, call the Coronavirus Hotline at 317-595-3211. No walk-up testing will be permitted. 

How often will testing be available? 
Testing is available Monday through Saturday.

How quickly will test results be available? 
Test results will be available within 3 business days.  

What follow-up will be done with the patient after testing? 
Individuals will receive email and text notifications once test results are reported. Patients should reference their confirmation email for more information. 

Individuals diagnosed with COVID-19 will be followed up with to gather their contacts so the Health Department can get in touch with all contacts discovered. This is a best practice referred to as contact tracing. 

Fishers Health Department conducts contact tracing through phone calls. FHD does not utilize any technology tracking or invasive tracking techniques. FHD will:

  • Contact any positive COVID patients via the phone number you provided
  • Interview you to gather information on recent contacts
  • All contacts provided will receive a phone call from the FHD to notify the individual of their possible exposure to COVID

In addition to FHD contact tracing, the Indiana Department of Health will conduct a secondary contact tracing process for state reporting purposes.

Does contact-tracing violate my rights under HIPAA?
Under HIPAA, information related to a patient that has a communicable disease (such as COVID-19), health professionals and the local health department are obligated to notify those in contact with the individual.

Can I use these test results for my pre-surgery testing requirement?
The Fishers COVID-19 test is not a substitute for any testing ordered by a physician and/or ordered prior to a surgical procedure.

Should I take a test if my assessment shows I am asymptomatic?
Yes, if residents wish to take a test despite having no symptoms, they may. Individuals can test positive for COVID-19 and have no symptoms of the infection. These individuals can potentially infect other people especially those with weakened immune systems and/or co-morbidities that put them at increased risk for severe infection and/or death. Wearing a mask and social distancing not only protects the individual from getting an infection from others, but it prevents healthy, asymptomatic individuals from spreading the infection to other people.

The City of Fishers Health Department has the capacity for testing and recommends that anyone who has been exposed to COVID-19 get tested whether or not they have symptoms. FHD will NOT change their stance on this recommendation, as testing asymptomatic individuals is imperative in slowing the spread of the virus. 

Am I at a higher risk for COVID-19 if I am pregnant?
Pregnant women have not demonstrated more severe COVID-19 disease compared to the general population. There are no cases of transmission to the unborn child. Pregnant women should minimize their exposure by wearing a mask while at work and/or in public, avoid contact with anyone who is showing symptoms of COVID-19, avoid going out for non-essential activities, practice social distancing, and frequent handwashing. Pregnant women with symptoms of COVID-19 (fever, cough, loss of taste/smell) should contact her physician/midwife and self-isolate from close contacts until she receives instructions from her healthcare provider.

Are Fishers businesses eligible for testing? 
Yes, Fishers businesses can partner with the Fishers Health Department to obtain testing for their employees.

Extensive education is also available to businesses to provide recommendations and guidance in accordance with CDC guidelines in regards to cleaning and disinfecting techniques, physical space layout to ensure social distancing, and how to utilize the city testing software and facility to ensure rapid testing opportunities are made available.  

Businesses can access these support programs on the Fishers Economic Development website.

What happens if an employee tests positive for COVID-19? What should I do?
Per the CDC: Employees who have symptoms when they arrive at work or become sick during the day should immediately be separated from other employees, customers, and visitors and sent home. Employees who develop symptoms outside of work should notify their supervisor and stay home.

Sick employees should follow CDC-recommended steps. Employees should not return to work until they have met the criteria to discontinue home isolation and have consulted with a healthcare provider and state or local health department.

Find a helpful guide on what to do if you are exposed, or think you were exposed, to COVID-19.

Employers should not require sick employees to provide a COVID-19 test result or healthcare provider’s note to validate their illness, qualify for sick leave, or return to work. Healthcare provider offices and medical facilities may be extremely busy and not able to provide such documentation in a timely manner.

In most cases, you do not need to shut down your facility. But do close off any areas used for prolonged periods of time by the sick person:

  • Wait 24 hours before cleaning and disinfecting to minimize the potential for other employees being exposed to respiratory droplets. If waiting 24 hours is not feasible, wait as long as possible.
  • During this waiting period, open outside doors and windows to increase air circulation in these areas.

Follow the CDC cleaning and disinfection recommendations:

  • Clean dirty surfaces with soap and water before disinfecting them.
  • To disinfect surfaces, use products that meet EPA criteria for use against SARS-Cov-, the virus that causes COVID-19, and are appropriate for the surface.
  • Always wear gloves and gowns appropriate for the chemicals being used when you are cleaning and disinfecting.
  • You may need to wear additional personal protective equipment (PPE) depending on the setting and disinfectant product you are using.
  • In addition to cleaning and disinfecting, employers should determine which employees may have been exposed to the virus and need to take additional precautions:

Most workplaces should follow the Public Health Recommendations for Community-Related Exposure.

  • Critical infrastructure workplaces should follow the guidance Implementing Safety Practices for Critical Infrastructure Workers Who May Have Had Exposure to a Person with Suspected or Confirmed COVID-19.
  • Sick employees should follow CDC-recommended steps. Employees should not return to work until they have met the criteria to discontinue home isolation and have consulted with a healthcare provider and state or local health department.

If an employee is confirmed to have COVID-19, employers should inform fellow employees of their possible exposure to COVID-19 in the workplace but maintain confidentiality as required by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

Contact the Fishers Health Department for assistance. We recommend:

  • FHD will provide contact tracing protocols and encourage 14-day quarantine period to those in proximity
  • FHD encourages businesses to use the testing service recommended by the department. Learn more.

What kind of test is the BinaxNOW and is it accurate?

Abbott's BinaxNOW COVID-19 Ag Card is a rapid antigen test for detection of COVID-19. It is a reliable, highly portable tool for detecting active coronavirus infections. BinaxNOW uses proven Abbott lateral flow technology, used in a number of our rapid tests including strep, flu, and legionella – as well as HIV and malaria. The visually read test is about the size of a credit card and requires no equipment and provides results in 15 minutes.

In data submitted to the FDA from a clinical study conducted by Abbott with several leading U.S. research universities, the BinaxNOW COVID-19 Ag Card demonstrated sensitivity of 97.1% (positive percent agreement) and specificity of 98.5% (negative percent agreement) in direct nasal swabs from individuals suspected of COVID-19 by their healthcare provider within the first 7 days of symptom onset.

I am interested in getting the BinaxNOW test, how do I schedule a BinaxNOW test?

BinaxNOW test is based on eligibility. Schedule your test under "All Hoosiers". IF you are eligible, the testers at the testing site will ask you if you are interested in the BinaxNOW test.

What determined my eligibility for the BinaxNOW test?

If you believe you may have been exposed to the virus that causes COVID-19 based on your signs and symptoms (e.g., fever, cough, difficulty breathing), and/or other risk factors and you are within the first seven days of the onset of symptoms.

How much money is being spent on Fishers' COVID-19 testing? 
The City of Fishers has dedicated $2 million to provide free testing to residents. This amount will be reimbursed through the Federal CARES Act.

Where is the funding for the free testing coming from? 
While the state of Indiana does not require a municipality to have a cash reserve policy, the City of Fishers has maintained a policy of holding cash reserves of at least 50% of the following year’s projected property tax revenue. The City’s fiscally responsible management has provided the City with excess cash reserves for a “rainy day." That day has come, and there is no more worthy use of the City’s funding than to be able to provide its residents with the ability to request and receive a COVID-19 test free of charge. The Fishers City Council approved the resolution 8-1 to appropriate those reserve funds to pay for these tests. 

Will the department provide local recommendations related to COVID-19? 
Yes, in coordination with the City of Fishers, the Fishers Health Department will advise on the guidelines and recommendations for the community. Currently, the Department is following all CDC recommendations and guidelines. 

The Fishers Health Department has published Fishers community-wide data, as well as Testing Site data.

How will the Fishers Health Department work with the Hamilton County Health Department and Indiana State Department of Health? 
The Fishers Health Department will report data and coordinate with the Indiana Department of Health as required by state law. The Health Department will coordinate with the Hamilton County Health Department as needed. 

Will the Health Department operate beyond the COVID-19 pandemic? 
Yes. The Fishers Health Department will conduct all State-required activities and programs.

What non-COVID-19 services will the Fishers Health Department offer? 
See the full list of Fishers Health Department services.

What other Hamilton County municipalities currently have their own health department? 
Fishers is the first municipality in Hamilton County, and the third in Indiana, to establish its own health department.  

Is this going to raise my taxes? 
No. The Fishers Health Department will be financially supported by existing tax revenue that is currently allocated at the County level.