Starting next week, city workers on the frontline of the Covid-19 pandemic in Carmel, Indiana will be tested weekly for the virus.
In the first week, the city of about 100,000 people just north of Indianapolis expects to test about 350 police officers, firefighters and EMS personnel, as well as city staffers who still have to physically show up to work, like those in charge of code enforcement on construction sites and sewer utility workers.
“Having the ability to regularly test our frontline employees will be very helpful,” said Mayor Jim Brainard. “The U.S. should have been flattening the curve eight weeks ago, but we’re now doing what we can locally to prevent our resources from being overburdened. This will help us slow the rate of infection and keep people alive.”