Harrisburg, Pennsylvania – The Department of Health announced today that a long-term outdoor drive-thru COVID-19 testing site will be open to the public in Pike County at the Pike County Visitor Center in Pennsylvania. The site is available through a partnership with AMI Expeditionary Healthcare (AMI).
“The virus is still present in our communities, which is evident from the daily tally of COVID-19 cases across the state,” Acting Secretary of Health Alison Beam said. “This reinforces the need for continued testing statewide. We encourage anyone who thinks they need or want a test to take advantage of all COVID-19 testing clinics, if they believe they have been exposed to COVID-19. Much of the news and attention has shifted to COVID-19 vaccines, but testing is still a critical part of our response to ultimately stop the spread of COVID-19. “
From Tuesday, May 11 through Saturday, June 5, testing will be available daily, Tuesday through Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., at the Pike County Pennsylvania Welcome Center, 1042 Pennsylvania Avenue, Matamoras, PA, 18336.
Please note that the site will be closed on Friday May 28 and Saturday May 29 before Memorial Day.
Up to 450 people can be tested per day. PCR testing on a medium nasal passage swab will be performed. The tests are carried out on a first come, first served basis and are completely free. No appointment is necessary. The tests are open to people who are not residents of the county. Patients must be 3 years of age and older and are not required to have symptoms of COVID-19 to be tested. Patients are encouraged to bring photo identification. Registration will also be done on site. The processing time for test results is one to three days after testing.
The AMI test site will be open to anyone who feels they need a test. It is important that even people without symptoms who have tested positive self-isolate in order to stop the spread of COVID-19.
There are currently three other AMI COVID-19 test sites in the Commonwealth in Center, Delaware and Luzerne counties.
Additionally, Pennsylvanians can find testing sites in their area on the location map. here.
People tested should self-quarantine while waiting for their test results. People who live with other people should self-quarantine in a private room and use a private bathroom, if possible. Others living at home with the individual awaiting test results should also stay at home. The department has additional instructions for people waiting for a COVID-19 test result. People who test positive will receive a phone call from AMI while people who test negative will receive a secure PDF which will be emailed to them from AMI.
The department believes that increasing testing in counties will help determine the prevalence of the virus and help the county move forward. There are currently 55 counties in the Commonwealth where the percentage of positive cases is over 5 percent on the Early warning monitoring dashboard. Each county is monitored as the state continues to review all available data.
The department has contracted with AMI to perform COVID-19 contextual testing in counties across the state since September 2020. The contracts were funded by the Federal Epidemiology and Capacity Improvement Detection Grant. laboratory (ELC). The counties under the original contract, as well as the total number of patients tested, can be found here. The counties served under the first contract extension, as well as the total number of patients tested, can be found here.
From March 2020 to May 6, 2021, the department received 13,330,991 results of polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests. From May 2020 to May 6, 2021, the department received 3,081,953 antigen test results. The combined total number of tests reported to the department is 16,412,944 since the start of COVID-19 testing in the Commonwealth. The number of Pennsylvanians who have been tested by PCR or antigen testing is 5,951,782, which is roughly equivalent to 46.5% of the population of Pennsylvania. Some people have been tested more than once.
Counties in need of a long-term COVID-19 testing site should contact the Pennsylvania Department of Health to discuss the possibility of creating a pop-up site through AMI.
For the latest information for individuals, families, businesses and schools, visit “Respond to COVID-19” on pa.gov.
The Department of Health ensures that the vaccine is provided in an ethical, fair and effective manner to all Pennsylvanians:
The Wolf administration highlights the role Pennsylvanians play in helping reduce the spread of COVID-19:
- Get vaccinated with one of three safe and effective vaccines available to provide the best layer of protection.
- Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
- Cover any coughs or sneezes with your elbow, not your hands.
- Clean surfaces frequently.
- Stay home to avoid spreading COVID-19, especially if you are feeling unwell.
- If you have to go out, you should wear a mask in a business or where social distancing is difficult. Fully vaccinated people are allowed to participate in certain activities without a mask.
- Download the COVID Alert PA app and bring your phone into combat. The free app can be found in the Google Play Store and the Apple App Store by searching for “covid alert pa”.
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