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  • COVID-19 Testing and Decatur Update
    Updated On: May 22, 2020

    Brothers and Sisters

    The Trustees of our NECA-IBEW Health and Welfare fund (Decatur) have issued an update concerning our benefits.  Updates include some added clarification on COVID-19 antibody testing, an update on our office operations, and few other minor, immaterial edits.  To view the entire update click here.  The trustees have also issued an update concerning our CVS Caremark pharmacy benefits in regards to relaxed refill restrictions, free home delivery and a list of FAQ's.  To view the full document click hereThese updates can also be found on the Decatur website at www.neca-ibew.org or on our website's COVID-19 Resources Board at www.ibewlocal531.org/covid19resources

    Free COVID-19 testing sites at Indiana National Guard armories

    PORTER COUNTY - COVID-19 testing is now available BY APPOINTMENT ONLY in Porter County. Hoosiers will not be charged for testing and insurance is not required. If you have private health insurance, please bring your insurance information with you.  Click here for more information

    LAPORTE COUNTY - 20 new drive-thru COVID-19 testing sites opened this week at Indiana National Guard armories with locations in South Bend, Elkhart, and La Porte.  Click here for more information

    STARKE COUNTY—Starke Hospital has a free phone screening line for individuals who have one or more symptoms of COVID-19 (coronavirus) and are concerned they may need testing. Symptoms include fever, cough, and difficulty breathing. Individuals may call the free screening line at 833-576-3627. It is available Monday – Friday 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and on weekends from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

    PULASKI COUNTY - Free COVID-19 testing for Pulaski county residents.  Pulaski County Health Center and Phelps Health will offer free COVID-19 drive thru testing for Pulaski County residents Saturday May 16 and Sunday May 17.  Testing will be held at St. Robert Community Center from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.  No symptoms or prerequisites are required for testing.  Pre-registration is recommended.  Pulaski residents can register by clicking here or by calling the MO COVID Hotline at 877-435-8411. Choose option 3 to register.

    JASPER COUNTY -  Franciscan Health Rensselaer's COVID-19 testing site, went into operation on Monday, March 30th. It will be located on the east side of the hospital at 1104 East Grace Street Rensselaer, Indiana 47978. hours of operation are 11 a.m. to 3p.m., Monday through Friday. Patients must have a physician order and pre-register by calling (219)866-2026.The patient's physician will provide the hospital with the order prior to the patient arriving for the test.  Please click here for more information.

    All of this information can also be found on our Covid-19 Resources Board located in the Member Resources section of the website.  I will continue to provide updates as they are made available.

    Stay safe Brothers and Sisters

    In Solidarity,

    Jim C.


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