Testing FAQs

Testing at the Fishers Testing Site

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. Appointments are required at the Fishers Testing Site.

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. 

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Can I get a rapid test?
Rapid tests are offered to individuals scheduled for an appointment who qualify based on symptoms. To receive a rapid test, you must be scheduled for an appointment, and testing staff will offer a rapid test when you arrive if you meet the criteria. Results are typically available within 30-60 minutes.  

You can now get up to 4 at-home rapid tests per household through the federal program. Additionally, insurance carriers are required to cover at-home rapid testing. More information about that program is available here.

What do I need to do to get my child tested?
 Parents and guardians can schedule appointments for children ages 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.

What is the School-Based Priority Testing?
This was a program offered by the Fishers Health Department January - February 2022. The Fishers Health Department extended hours and priority PCR COVID testing for all students 5 or older and staff of Fishers-based schools and childcare centers at the drive-thru testing site, providing more than 3,500 priority PCR tests to help keep area children in school.

Do I have to be a resident to get tested? 
 No, you do not have to be a resident to get tested. 

Where does testing take place? 
Testing takes place in at the Fishers Health Department Clinic located at 8937 Technology Drive. See the Testing Site Map for details. Appointments are required. 

When is the Fishers Health Department performing COVID-19 testing?
Find testing hours and priority testing hours for students and staff of Fishers-based schools and childcare centers on the Testing page. Appointments are required, 

How quickly can I get results?
Most results are returned within 3 days; however, we cannot guarantee a specific time frame for result turn-around. BinaxNOW rapid test results will be available within 30-60 minutes of the test. 

How will I receive my results?
Individuals will receive email and text notifications once test results are reported. Patients should reference their confirmation email for more information. 

Who will conduct testing? 
Qualified and trained testing technicians will perform COVID-19 tests. Test results will be provided the Indiana State Department of Health's lab network for PCR tests. 

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 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.

Can multiple people in a car get tested?
Testing is available for multiple people in the same car, but please ensure that everyone being tested has completed the entire registration prior to arriving. All individuals to be tested are required to have an appointment for the day you are attempting to test. If you have difficulty scheduling an appointment, please contact 2-1-1 or our Fishers COVID Hotline at 317-595-3211 for assistance.

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. Rapid tests (the BinaxNOW test) are offered at the time of testing for symptomatic individuals.

General Testing Questions

Can I use the Fishers Testing Site 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.

Where can I get a test for travel purposes?
 If you need access to testing for travel purposes, the following providers guarantee turnaround times for travel:

When should I get tested?
 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.

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.

Should I take a test if I am asymptomatic?
Yes, testing asymptomatic individuals is imperative in slowing the spread of the virus as 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. Asymptomatic individuals are not eligible for rapid testing.

The City of Fishers Health Department has the capacity for testing and recommends that anyone who has been exposed to COVID-19 gets a PCR test whether or not they have symptoms

Is antibody testing 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.

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

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. Click here for the BinaxNOW fact sheet.

Businesses & Employers

Are Fishers businesses eligible for testing? 
Extensive education is available on the Fishers Economic Development website for 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.  At this time, the Fishers Health Department is not able to support businesses desiring to implement a rapid testing policy with City-provided tests. Business owners are encouraged to reach out to the Fishers Health Department for other options in designing a testing policy.

What happens if an employee tests positive for COVID-19? What should I do?
See the latest CDC guidance for businesses and employers.