Pa. Health Dept. adds new free COVID-19 testing sites | Thursday Morning Coffee

The new sites in Greene and Pike counties complement existing free testing sites across the commonwealth

January 20, 2022 7:08 am

JONES BEACH, NEW YORK, – MARCH 17: A coronavirus drive-thru testing site is up and running at the Theodore Roosevelt Nature Center on March 17, 2020 at Jones Beach State Park, New York. It is the first drive thru coronavirus testing site on Long Island. The World Health Organization declared coronavirus (COVID-19) a global pandemic on March 11th. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

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With the omicron variant still raging and tests hard to come by, the Pennsylvania Department of Health has announced that it’s opening new testing sites to deal with that demand.

The new sites in Greene and Pike counties, opened in partnership with Virginia-based AMI Expeditionary Healthcare, complement existing testing sites in  Berks, Blair, Cambria, Centre, Clinton, Crawford, and Mifflin counties, the agency said in a statement it issued on Wednesday.

“Testing is one of the commonwealth’s most important tools in the fight against COVID-19,” acting state Health Secretary Keara Klinepeter said in a statement. “We encourage anyone who feels they need or wants a test, especially if they think they have been exposed to COVID-19 or are experiencing symptoms, to take advantage of the free COVID-19 testing closest to them. This includes fully vaccinated individuals who are experiencing symptoms.”

Acting state Health Secretary Keara Klinepeter speaks during a Department of Health press conference in Harrisburg on Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2022. (Screenshot)

Between Jan. 10 and Sunday, the state saw an average of 25,417 COVID-19 cases daily, according to Health data.

As of Wednesday, 7,017 people statewide were hospitalized with the virus. Of that number, 1,124 were in hospital intensive care units, and 707 were using a ventilator, according to the agency’s pandemic tracking website. The number of people hospitalized as on Monday was 3.8 percent higher than the week before.

Through Wednesday, the state had logged more than 2 million confirmed cases of the virus since the start of the pandemic, and 38,767 people had died because of the pandemic.

In the Health Department’s Wednesday statement, Klinepeter said the new testing sites were “part of a larger testing effort across the commonwealth that reaffirms the Department of Health’s commitment to working with partners across the state to ensure the consistent accessibility of COVID-19 testing.”

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From the Health Department, here is a list of those testing sites, their operating hours, and their locations.

Berks County:  Testing is available in the parking lot of Direct Link Technologies, 2561 Bernville Road, Reading, Pa. Testing is available from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., through Jan. 29, according to the Health Department. Please enter the parking lot from Van Reed Road.

Blair County: Testing is available at Blair County Ballpark/Peoples Natural Gas Field1000 Park Avenue, Altoona, Pa., from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesdays through Fridays through Jan. 21.

Cambria County: Testing is available at the Galleria Mall Old Verizon Store, 500 Galleria Drive, Suite 278, Johnstown, Pa. Testing will be available through Saturday, Jan. 29 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday testing will be available from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Jan. 22 and Jan. 29, the Health Department said.

Centre County: Testing is available at the Centre County Recycling and Refuse Authority/Interpretive Center, 253 Transfer Road, Bellefonte, Pa. Testing will be available through Saturday Jan. 29 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., the Health Department said.

Clinton County: Testing is available at the Lock Haven University East Campus Gymnasium (former Lock Haven High School Gymnasium), 340 West Main Street, Lock Haven, Pa. Testing will be available through Saturday, Jan. 29 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday testing is from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Health Department said.

Crawford County: Testing is available from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 18 through Friday, Jan. 21 and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 22. Testing is also available from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, Jan. 24 through Friday, Jan. 28. The testing location is the Fairgrounds, 13921 Dickson Road, Meadville, Pa.       

Greene County: Testing is available from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 18 through Friday, Jan. 21 and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 22. The testing location is the Greene County Airport, 417 East Roy Furman Highway, Waynesburg, Pa.

Mifflin County: Testing will be available through Saturday, Jan. 29. Tuesday through Friday testing is from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday testing is from 8 a.m. to noon at the Pennsylvania State Fire Academy, 1150 Riverside Drive, Lewistown, Pa.

Pike County: Testing will be available through Saturday, Jan. 29. Tuesday through Friday testing is from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday testing is from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Hea;th Department said The testing location is the EMA Training Center, 135 Pike County Boulevard, Lords Valley, Pa.       

State residents also can find testing sites near them by using this locator map.

In addition, counties in need of a COVID-19 testing site should contact the Health Department to “to discuss the possibility of setting up a pop-up testing site,” the agency said in its statement.

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John L. Micek

A three-decade veteran of the news business, John L. Micek is the Pennsylvania Capital-Star's former Editor-in-Chief.