Blair COVID-19 testing site to reopen

Pop-up center to accommodate up to 450 per day

Blair County will be getting a second pop-up COVID-19 testing clinic.

The clinic at the Blair County Convention Center will run from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday through Tuesday, according to a news release from the state Department of Health.

The center will accommodate up to 450 patients a day — with the option to drive thru or walk in. Testing is first-come, first serve, and it’s free. Appointments aren’t needed.

Patients are encouraged to bring a photo ID or insurance card.

Patients must be at least 3 years old and do not need to show COVID-19 symptoms.

Results will be provided in two to seven days. Those tested should self-quarantine while awaiting results — in a private room, using a private bathroom, if possible, for those living with others.

The people who live with those test subjects also should stay home, if possible, pending test results.

The previous testing clinic in Blair, also at the Convention Center, was held in mid-November.

Blair’s test site will be one of five that will operate through the weekend under the department’s extension of a contract with AMI Expeditionary Healthcare, which is expected ultimately to conduct clinics in 61 counties over 12 weeks — with five counties covered each week.

The other clinics that AMI will conduct this weekend are in Columbia, Elk/Cameron, Sullivan and York counties.

Blair County’s key COVID-19 numbers have eased in recent weeks, but are still over the thresholds of concern.

Its incidence rate — the number of new cases per 100,000 residents during the past week — is 172.

The threshold of concern for incidence rates is 50.

Blair’s positivity rate is 8.8%.

The threshold of concern is 5%.

Mirror Staff Writer William Kibler is at 814-949-7038.


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