HARRISBURG – Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine on Friday announced beginning Friday, Sept. 25, testing clinics will be held at locations in Centre and Columbia counties to contain the rapid rise in COVID-19 cases in these counties.
In addition, Levine said the department is working closely with Centre County in regards to its increase in cases over the last several weeks.
The department has signed a contract with AMI Expeditionary Healthcare (AMI) to provide testing in communities in need across Pennsylvania. AMI will be deploying teams to perform the community testing.
“Since the beginning of September, we have seen an increase of 1,109 cases in Centre County and 173 cases in Columbia County, which gives us significant cause for concern,” Levine said.
“These 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 and quarantine to stop the spread of COVID-19.”
The schedule for testing in both counties is 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on:
- Friday, Sept. 25;
- Saturday, Sept. 26;
- Tuesday, Sept. 29;
- Wednesday, Sept. 30;
- Thursday, Oct. 1;
- Friday, Oct. 2; and
- Saturday, Oct. 3.
The address for Centre County testing is Nittany Mall, 2633 E. College Ave., State College, PA, 16801. The address for Columbia County testing is Bloomsburg Fairgrounds, W. Fort McClure Blvd., Bloomsburg, PA, 17815.
Up to 500 registered patients can be tested per day, Levine said. Testing is on a first come, first serve basis and is at no cost to those being tested. Patients are not required to show symptoms of COVID-19 in order to be tested.
No appointment is necessary, but a photo-ID or insurance card is required. Registration will also be completed on-site.
Levine said individuals who are tested should self-isolate while they await test results. For those individuals who live with other people, they should self-isolate in a private room and use a private bathroom if possible.
Levine said whoever lives 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.
In addition, Levine offered Centre County officials assistance, as they work to contain the rapid spread of COVID-19 in the county.
“I have directed my staff to assist Centre County in identifying localized containment and mitigation efforts to reduce the spread and facilitate communications between large employers, county officials and local governments,” Levine said. “This group will work together to develop strategic recommendations tailored to this specific area to stop the spread of COVID-19.”
This will be a concentrated, short-term effort that will include focused meetings with the county representatives and municipality partners independently.
Once these meetings are held, Levine said joint meetings will occur with all partners to determine the best steps to assist county officials in the work they are doing to contain and mitigate the spread of the virus in their jurisdiction.
Partners in this Centre County effort will include Department of Health staff, Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency staff, the Pennsylvania Department of Education, Centre County Commissioners, State College Borough, Penn State University, additional local elected officials, local chambers of commerce and other stakeholders.
Levine said the department intends to continue its work to assist counties seeing significant increases in new cases through efforts to determine what strategies may best assist the county.
For the latest information for individuals, families, businesses and schools, visit “Responding to COVID-19” on pa.gov.