GOSHEN — The Center for Healing and Hope is now offering rapid tests for COVID-19 for people without insurance who live in Elkhart County.
This testing has been arranged in collaboration with the Elkhart County Health Department and with a generous grant from the Community Foundation of Elkhart County and the United Way of Elkhart and La Grange Counties through their COVID-19 Community Response Fund.
Becoming a COVID-19 testing site will create significant additional expenses for the clinic. It has and will continue to take many extra staff hours to respond effectively and compassionately to this pandemic. The staff will be using more supplies such as masks and gloves to protect themselves and their patients; these supplies have now become more expensive. Revenues from patient fees are also expected to drop in the coming weeks.
“The center is facing additional strains on our staff and expenses, especially as we move away from planned fund-raising events to comply with health department directives,” said Center for Healing & Hope Board Chair Dr. Amanda Schmidt. “We would welcome additional support from our volunteers, donors, and partners so we can continue to serve our patients, clients, and community.”
People without insurance who live in Elkhart County and meet eligibility requirements can now pre-register for testing appointments by calling (574)-216-1723.