Pa. Health Dept. adds new free COVID-19 testing sites | Thursday morning coffee

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While the omicron variant is still raging and testing is hard to come by, the Pennsylvania health department announced the opening of new test sites to meet this demand.

The new locations in Greene and Pike counties, opened in partnership with the Virginia-based company AMI Expeditionary Healthcare, complement existing test sites in Berks, Blair, Cambria, Center, Clinton, Crawford and Mifflin counties, the agency said in a statement released Wednesday.

‘Testing is one of the Commonwealth’s most important tools in the fight against COVID-19,’ state ai says Health Secretary Keara Klinepeter said in a statement. “We encourage anyone who feels they need or want a test, particularly if they believe they have been exposed to COVID-19 or have symptoms, to take advantage of the free COVID-19 test nearest to them. This includes fully vaccinated people who show symptoms.

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

Between Jan. 10 and Sunday, the state averaged 25,417 COVID-19 cases per day, according to health data.

As of Wednesday, 7,017 people statewide were hospitalized with the virus. Of those, 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 of Monday was 3.8% higher than the previous week.

As of Wednesday, the state had recorded more than 2 million confirmed cases of the virus since the start of the pandemic, and 38,767 people had died from the pandemic.

In the health department Wednesday statement, klinepeter said the new testing sites were “part of a wider testing effort across the Commonwealth which reaffirms the Ministry of Health commitment to working with partners across the state to ensure continued accessibility of COVID-19 testing.

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From health department, here is a list of these test sites, their hours of operation and their locations.

Berk County: Tests are available in the parking lot of Direct Link Technologies, 2561 Bernville Road, Reading, Pennsylvania. The tests are available from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., until January 29, depending on the health department. Please enter the parking lot of Van Reed Road.

Blair County: Tests are available at Blair County Baseball Stadium/People’s Natural Gas Field, 1000 Park Avenue, Altoona, Pennsylvania., from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesday to Friday until January 21.

Cambria County: Tests are available at Galleria Mall Old Verizon Store, 500 Galleria Drive, Suite 278, Johnstown, Pennsylvania. Tests will be available until Saturday, January 29 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday tests will be available from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on January 22 and 29, the health department noted.

Center County: Tests are available at Center County Recycling and Waste Management Authority/Interpretive Center, 253 Transfer Road, Bellefonte, PA. The tests will be available until Saturday, January 29 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., the health department noted.

Clinton County: Tests are available at Lock Haven University East Campus Gymnasium (former Lock Haven High School Gymnasium), 340 West Main Street, Lock Haven, Pennsylvania. Testing will be available until Saturday, Jan. 29, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday testing from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., the health ministry said.

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

Green County: Tests are available from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. from Tuesday, January 18 to Friday, January 21 and from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, January 22. The testing location is Greene County Airport, 417 East Roy Furman Highway, Waynesburg, Pennsylvania.

Mifflin County: Tests will be available until Saturday, January 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 Pennsylvania State Fire Academy, 1150 Riverside Drive, Lewistown, Pennsylvania.

Brochet county: Tests will be available until Saturday, January 29. Tuesday-Friday testing is from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday testing is from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m., the health ministry said. The testing location is EMA Training Center, 135 Pike County Boulevard, Lords Valley, Pennsylvania.

State residents can also find nearby testing sites using this location map.

Additionally, counties that require a COVID-19 testing site should contact the health department to “discuss the possibility of setting up a pop-up test site,” the agency said in its statement.

Pennsylvania State Capitol building. (Capital-Star photo by Cassie Miller.)

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Legislators from both parties report a rise in violent rhetoric and death threats, Call reports.

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