The free COVID-19 testing site in La Porte is here to stay through the end of the year, according to Mayor Tom Dermody.

Dermody said the Healthcare Foundation of La Porte, the Civic Auditorium’s Brett Binversie and LaPorte County Emergency Management Agency Director Larry Butcher have played significant roles in keeping the testing in La Porte.  The site was initially opened July 1 with plans to stay through the end of August. However, Dermody said the site has been so busy and successful that the testing has been extended on several occasions, most recently until the end of December.

“COVID-19 numbers are up again throughout the greater La Porte area, making access to free testing imperative,” Dermody said. “We are grateful that the site will continue to be a resource for those in our community.”

Testing is available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and is completely free to anyone who lives or works in Indiana. Though Hoosiers will not be charged for testing, individuals with health coverage should bring that information with them.

Due to high demand, walk-ins are no longer accepted. Those looking to register can do so online at https://LHI.Care/CovidTesting or by phone at 888-634-1116.