By Special to the Courier

The City of Madison is offering free COVID-19 diagnostic testing at the Senior Center, 208 W. Main St., beginning at 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 21. This testing site will provide tests free of charge without an appointment, symptoms, insurance or a doctor’s note.

“The availability of testing in our community has been scarce and mostly limited to individuals with severe symptoms. This additional site will provide a convenient location for those wishing to be tested. With the ability to test up to 132 individuals per day, this site will promote our goal of expanding testing to better understand how widespread COVID-19 is in our community. Testing will also empower individuals with this important information so we can slow the spread while still allowing for economic growth to occur in our community. We are very grateful to Governor Holcomb and the Indiana State Department of Health for your support of this initiative,” said Mayor Bob Courtney.

The testing site will be managed by OptumServe and will follow all CDC and State of Indiana COVID-19 safety guidelines. Only two individuals will be permitted in the building for testing at a time. All frequently touched surfaces will be cleaned throughout the day, and the entire facility will be cleaned and sanitized at the end of each day.

Hours of operation on Tuesday, July 21, will be from 12:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. After Tuesday, the site will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday until at least mid-August. The site will close each day from noon to 12:30 and 4:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. to provide the staff with meal breaks. While walk-ins will be accepted, residents are encouraged to register for testing online.

The Senior Center had been closed to senior programming since early on in the pandemic.