WARSAW — For the second time in about a week, Bowen Center has announced an expansion of hours for its free COVID-19 drive-through testing site at the Kosciusko County Fairgrounds Shrine Building in Warsaw.
The site has seen a 205% increase in visits over the last three weeks, according to a news release from Bowen Center, which is running the site.
The hours were expanded on Monday of this week and already the number of those seeking a test has doubled from the previous week.
Beginning on Wednesday, Aug. 25, the hours will be Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.; Tuesday 2 – 6 p.m. and the second Saturday of every month from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
English/Spanish language technicians are available to administer the tests which are free and available to anyone 2 years old and up. You do not need an appointment, a doctor’s referral, insurance or to be a resident of Kosciusko County. For more information, call (574) 372-3517 or (574) 372-2353.
The COVID-19 testing site opened in October 2020 and has been one of the highest volume state-sponsored test sites in Indiana. The drive-through site is operated by Bowen Center and Bowen Health Clinic on behalf of the Indiana Department of Health and the Kosciusko County Health Department with assistance from the Northern Indiana Hispanic Health Coalition, Ivy Tech Community College – Warsaw, Kosciusko Community Hospital, WJ Carey Construction, the Kosciusko County Fair Board, Wildman Business Group and DM Trump Construction LLC.
A free vaccination registration assistance hotline is also available to assist those who do not have access to a computer or internet access, are uncomfortable or are unable to use a computer. The hotline number, which is available Monday-Friday 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., is (574) 347-4256. If the call volume is high, callers may be requested to leave contact information for the operators to return their call. The service is provided by Bowen Center and Bowen Health Clinic on behalf of the Kosciusko County Health Department with support from the City of Warsaw and the K21 Health Foundation.