WARREN — If you are looking for a fast, free, easy way to get tested for COVID-19, you can find it in Warren.
On Friday, the Department of Health announced a free outdoor drive-up COVID-19 testing site is open for the public in Warren County, thanks to a partnership with AMI Expeditionary Healthcare (AMI).
“The fight against COVID-19 is not over as highly contagious variants continue spreading,” acting Secretary of Health Alison Beam said. “Testing is the best way to identify and help stop the spread of the virus. We continue to work with partners across the state ensuring the consistent accessibility of COVID-19 testing.
Testing is currently available Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. through Friday, Oct. 29 at Warren State Hospital. Enter from North State street.
Up to 450 people can be tested per day with mid-nasal passage swab PCR tests. No appointment is necessary. Testing is open to individuals from any county who are ages 3 and older. Individuals are not required to show symptoms of COVID-19 to be tested.
The turnaround time for testing results is one to three days after testing. Testing is on a first-come, first-serve basis and is completely free.
ID is not required to be tested, but patients are encouraged to bring one. Registration will be completed on-site.
“We encourage anyone who feels they need or want a test, especially if they think they have been exposed to COVID-19 or are experiencing symptoms, to take advantage of the free COVID-19 testing closest to them,” said Beam. “This includes fully vaccinated individuals who are experiencing symptoms.”
In addition, Pennsylvanians can find testing sites in their area on the locator map HERE. Counties in need of a COVID-19 testing site should contact the Pennsylvania Department of Health to discuss the possibility of setting up a pop-up testing site.
The AMI testing sites are open to anyone who feels they need a test. It is important that even people with no symptoms who have tested positive isolate to help stop the spread of COVID-19.
If fully vaccinated Pennsylvanians experience symptoms or come into contact with someone who has COVID-19, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advises getting tested 3-5 days after exposure, even if the person has no symptoms.
The CDC also advises wearing a mask indoors in public for 14 days following exposure or until your test result is negative. If the result is positive, the CDC advises isolating for 10 days.
The CDC advises those who are fully vaccinated to consider wearing a mask in areas with high numbers of COVID-19 cases when in crowded outdoor settings and for activities where there is close contact with other people who are not fully vaccinated.
Individuals who are tested should self-quarantine while they await their 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.
Individuals who test positive will receive a phone call from AMI while individuals who test negative will receive a secured-PDF emailed from AMI.
For the latest information for individuals, families, businesses and schools, visit “Responding to COVID-19” on pa.gov.
The Pennsylvania Department of Health has some additional guidance for vaccines:
- All Pennsylvanians age 12 and older are eligible to get a COVID-19 vaccine. Use Vaccine Finder to find a COVID-19 vaccine provider near you.
- Text your zip code to GETVAX (438829) for English, or VACUNA (822862) for Spanish and receive three possible COVID vaccination sites in your area, with phone numbers to call for an appointment.
- A commonwealth COVID-19 vaccination guide explains the current process for getting one. Pennsylvanians with questions about the vaccination process can call the Department of Health hotline at 1-877-724-3258.
- Vaccine dashboard data can also be found on the website to find more information on the doses administered and showcase demographic information.
- The Unite Against COVID Weekly Update is a round-up of news you can use and answers to your most pressing vaccine questions – delivered directly to your inbox every week.
- Frequently asked questions can be found here.
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