Department of Health brings free COVID testing to county
PAINT TWP. The state Department of Health has announced a drive-through and a walk-in COVID-19 testing site will open at 9 a.m. Jan. 12 at Clarion County Park in Paint Township.
The testing site will remain open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day through Saturday, January 16. There is no cost for the testing.
The counties with testing sites will continue to change weekly over the next seven 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, we have seen a rapid increase of positive case counts reaching record-high levels, which gives us significant cause for concern," said state Department of Health Secretary Rachel Levine said. "In fact, every county now has a positivity-rate greater than five percent, which is alarming. In addition, 21 counties have percent positivity above 20 percent."
The department extended and expanded its initial contract with AMI to perform pop-up testing in counties across the state. The initial AMI testing and the extension were funded by the federal ELC Enhancing Detection grant.
"With the capacity to test up to 450 people per day, these sites are getting thousands of people tested during the course of the days-long site set-ups," Director of Testing and Contact Tracing, Michael Huff said. "Testing is more important than ever in Pennsylvania and we will continue with a robust testing plan to keep Pennsylvanians safe and identify cases of COVID-19."
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.
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.
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.