Commonwealth Announces Week-Eight of Regional COVID-19 Testing Extension Across Pennsylvania

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HARRISBURG, PA — The Department of Health announced beginning Thursday, January 28, regional drive-thru and indoor walk-in COVID-19 testing clinics will be held in Armstrong, Cumberland, Jefferson, Monroe, and Wayne counties. The counties with testing sites will continue to change weekly over the next five weeks so that 61 counties will eventually be covered by dedicated pop-up testing sites over a 12-week period.

Over the past several weeks, there has been a rapid increase of positive case counts reaching record-high levels, which gives the department significant cause for concern. Every county now has a positivity-rate greater than five percent, which is alarming. In addition, nine counties have percent positivity above 15 percent, one county has percent positivity above 20 percent, and one county has percent positivity above 40 percent.

From March through January 25, the department has received 8,952,343 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test results, which roughly equates to 70 percent of the population. From May through January 25, the department has received 1,110,554 antigen test results. The total number of tests combined equates to 10,062,897, roughly 78.6 percent of the total Pennsylvania population.

The department extended and expanded its initial contract with AMI to perform pop-up testing in counties across the state. Counties under the initial contract, as well as the total number of patients tested, can be found here. The initial AMI testing and the extension were funded by the federal ELC Enhancing Detection grant.

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The department believes that increased testing in the counties will assist in determining the prevalence of the virus and assist the county in moving forward. Concerning counties, identified as those with percent positives above five percent, which is currently every county in the state, can be found on the Early Warning Monitoring Dashboard. Each county is being monitored as the state continues to examine all available data.

The department is grateful for the tremendous partnership with AMI and participating county entities to provide pop-up testing in five regions across the commonwealth. The AMI testing sites will be open to anyone who feels they need a test. It is important that even people with no symptoms who test positive isolate to stop the spread of COVID-19.

Beginning Thursday, January 28, drive-thru testing clinics will be held to contain the spread of COVID-19 cases in the following four counties:

  • Armstrong;
  • Cumberland;
  • Monroe; and
  • Wayne.
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Jefferson County will also begin Thursday, January 28, but will be a drive-thru and indoor walk-in clinic.

Testing will be available daily from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM starting Thursday, January 28 through Monday, February 1.

The testing site locations and addresses are:

  • Armstrong County:  Belmont Complex, 415 Butler Road, Kittanning, PA, 16201;
  • Cumberland County:  Army Heritage Education Center, 950 Soldiers Dr., Carlisle, PA, 17013;
  • Jefferson County:  Dubois Regional Airport – Fire Department building, 377 Aviation Way, Reynoldsville, PA, 15851;
  • Monroe County:  Pocono Mountain West High School Sullivan Trail Campus Lot A, 181 Panther Lane, Pocono Summit, PA, 18346; and
  • Wayne County:  Former Rusty Palmer Complex, 105 Rusty’s Blvd., Texas Township, PA, 18431.

Up to 450 patients can be tested per day. Mid-nasal passage swab PCR tests will be performed. Testing is on a first-come, first-serve basis and is completely free to all patients. Testing is also open to individuals who are not county residents. Patients must be ages three and older and are not required to show symptoms of COVID-19 in order to be tested. No appointment is necessary. Patients are encouraged to bring a photo-ID or insurance card. Registration will also be completed on-site. The turnaround time for testing results is two to seven days after testing.

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The Department of Health states individuals who are tested should self-quarantine while they await test results. Individuals who live with other people should self-quarantine in a private room and use a private bathroom if possible. Others living in the home with the individual awaiting test results should also stay at home. The department has additional instructions for individuals waiting for a COVID-19 test result. Individuals who test positive will receive a phone call from AMI while individuals who test negative will receive a secured-PDF emailed to them from AMI.

For the latest information for individuals, families, businesses and schools, visit “Responding to COVID-19” on pa.gov.

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