Eli Lilly Offers Drive-Thru COVID-19 Tests For Health Care Workers, First Responders

Mar 24, 2020

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Indianapolis-based Eli Lilly and Company Tuesday expanded free COVID-19 testing to first responders in addition to health care workers.

The company started drive-thru testing for active health care workers on Monday. Chief Scientific Officer Dan Skovronsky says the company recognized the need for testing for some of the people in close contact with the novel coronavirus.

“There’s so many health care workers at the front line fighting against COVID-19 who haven’t been able to get tested themselves," Skovronsky says. “Many of them have either been exposed to a patient with COVID-19 or actually themselves are showing symptoms.”

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Health care workers and first responders that work in Indianapolis are encouraged to contact Eli Lilly to sign up for testing. A doctor’s note is required. Skovronsky says the test process takes about 20 minutes and results should be available within one day.

Last week, Eli Lilly turned their research labs into diagnostic labs to run tests for the Indiana State Department of Health.

Eli Lilly’s drive-thru test is not available to the public.

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This is a rapidly evolving story, and we are working hard to bring you the most up-to-date information. However, we recommend checking the websites of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or the Indiana State Department of Health for the most recent numbers of COVID-19 cases.