State adds drive-thru coronavirus testing site to Huntingdon
HARRISBURG — Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine has announced that beginning Thursday, a drive-thru and indoor testing clinic will be held in the parking lot at Huntingdon Plaza to contain the recent rapid increase in COVID-19 cases.
“Since the beginning of September, we have seen an increase of 504 cases in Huntingdon County, which gives us significant cause for concern,” Levine said. “This testing site will be open to anyone who feels they need a test. It is important that even people with no symptoms who test positive isolate to stop the spread of COVID-19.”
The department has signed a contract with AMI Expeditionary Healthcare to provide testing in communities in need across Pennsylvania. AMI has already deployed to other counties, including Centre.
The department decides which counties to deploy testing based on the total number of confirmed cases in the last 14 days per 100,000 people as well as where outbreaks are happening, county population, and other metrics.
This week, Huntingdon has the highest percent-positivity in the state at 12%. This is up from a percent-positivity of 9.9% the previous week. The department believes that increased testing in the county will assist in determining the prevalence of the virus and assist the county in moving forward. Other concerning counties, identified as those with percent positives above 5%, can be found on the Early Warning Monitoring Dashboard. Each county is being monitored as the state continues to examine all available data.
Testing will be available daily from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. through Monday.
The Huntingdon County testing site is at Huntingdon Plaza, Suite 7505, Route 22 and South Fourth St., Huntingdon.
Up to 440 patients can be tested per day. Testing is on a first come, first served basis, and there is no cost to those being tested. Patients must be 3 years old 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 also will be completed on-site. The turnaround time for testing results is two to seven days.
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. The department has additional instructions for individuals waiting for a COVID-19 test result.
For the latest information for individuals, families, businesses and schools, visit “Responding to COVID-19” on pa.gov.