Munster-based Midwest Express Clinic says COVID-19 testing is now available to anyone at its northwest Indiana clinics. The clinic was previously only offering testing to frontline workers, critical care, first responders, and essential workers.
The clinic says the effort includes both testing for the coronavirus, as well as COVID-19 antibodies. Testing is open seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. in Schererville, Crown Point, Dyer, Munster, Merrillville, and Hammond.
“We’ve seen a great number of asymptomatic individuals test positive. These are asymptomatic carriers who are contagious and can easily pass this on to others in the community. By testing them and quarantining them, we hope to help mitigate and prevent further spread of this virus,” said Midwest Express Clinic Medical Director Dr. Golsa Shahkar.
Midwest Express Clinic also has locations in Illinois.
“Anybody deemed high-risk and anyone showing symptoms should get tested. We recommend essential workers and anyone with known exposure to COVID-19 get tested, too,” said MEC Family Nurse Practitioner Kaitlyn Steinberg.
Patients must not show symptoms for a minimum of seven days for the antibody test, and MEC says it recommends waiting 14 days.
Anyone looking for a screening or visiting for any other reason are asked to check-in online.