Expanding COVID testing. The state announced new testing strike teams to hit communities over the next three months. Five counties at a time, over the next 12 weeks, will see these strike teams appear in an effort to expand testing capacity across the state.
“Our goal is to ensure that everyone that needs a test in Pennsylvania can you get one,” said Governor Tom Wolf.
Through a contract with AMI Expeditionary Healthcare, Pennsylvania is adding five mass testing sites a week with the ability of seeing up to 450 people a day in each location.
“We have seen a rapid increase of positive case counts reaching record high levels which gives us significant cause for concern,” said Michael Huff, Pennsylvania Director of Testing and Contact Tracing.
Anyone, age three and up is eligible to be tested, with drive-thru or walk up venues available free of charge.
“These testing sites are open to anyone, anyone who feels they need to test,” Huff said.
Using the gold-standard PRR test, the nasal swab, these pop-up testing centers will jump from county-to-county over the next three months hitting 61 out of 67 counties that don’t have a dedicated health department testing regiment.
“Every day COVIDS continues to spread and every day our numbers continue to rise and that puts our healthcare system at risk,” said Governor Wolf.
But it’s not just expanding on the 50,000 daily tests a day, Governor Wolf and health officials say this is another tool in the toolbox to stop the spread of COVID.
“Testing is a critical tool in the fight against COVID. But we need to pair it with effective case investigations, contact tracing and mitigation measures to prevent the spread of this virus,” he said.
Beginning Wednesday, December 2, drive-thru and indoor walk-in testing clinics will be held to contain the recent rapid increase in COVID-19 cases in the following five counties:
- Bedford County: Bedford High School parking lot, 330 West John St., Bedford, PA, 15522
- Mifflin County: Pennsylvania State Fire Academy, 1150 Riverside Drive, Lewistown, PA, 17044
- Tioga County: North Penn Mansfield High School, 73 W. Wellsboro St., Mansfield, PA, 16933
- Northampton County: William Penn Highway Park & Ride, Emrick Blvd., Easton, PA, 18045
Testing will be available daily from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. starting Wednesday, December 2 through Sunday, December 6.
Beginning Friday, December 4, drive-thru and indoor walk-in testing clinics will be held in Butler County. Testing will be available daily from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. through Tuesday, December 8.
- Butler County: Michelle Krill Field, 100 Pullman Park Pl., Butler, PA, 16001
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