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New COVID-19 testing site to open in Bloomington, county advisory rises

<p>COVID-19 vaccinations appear in a tray on April. 12, 2021, at a Simon Skojdt Assembly Hall vaccine clinic. A new COVID-19 PCR testing site will open at 500 N. Profile Parkway on Tuesday, Monroe County health administrator Penny Caudill said Friday during a press conference.</p>

COVID-19 vaccinations appear in a tray on April. 12, 2021, at a Simon Skojdt Assembly Hall vaccine clinic. A new COVID-19 PCR testing site will open at 500 N. Profile Parkway on Tuesday, Monroe County health administrator Penny Caudill said Friday during a press conference.

A new Bloomington COVID-19 PCR testing site, located at 500 N. Profile Parkway, will open Tuesday, Monroe County health department administrator Penny Caudill said. The drive-through site will be open indefinitely from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. from Tuesday to Saturday.

This new site comes as Monroe County’s COVID infection rate rises to 200 positive cases per 100,000 people.

The Indiana State Department of Health announced Sept. 9 the opening of three new COVID-19 testing sites across Indiana, Caudill said Friday during the City of Bloomington’s weekly COVID-19 press conference.

Caudill also said testing and vaccines, including both Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson, will also be available at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway from Sept. 21 to Oct. 30.

Also, Monroe County’s COVID-19 advisory level rose to orange this week with a positivity rate of 200 cases per 100,000 people, according to ISDH’s website. The seven-day average case count rose to 58 from 40 cases the week before, according to the website.

Caudill said no connections have been linked between IU sporting events and coronavirus infections. The Labor Day weekend was suspected to be the possible cause of this uptick, since few tests were conducted during the holiday.

“I wish I could tell you I expect things to improve next week, but when I look at the numbers, I don’t anticipate that our numbers are going to be lower next week,” Caudill said during the conference.

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