FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 22, 2020
Pennsylvania COVID-19 Testing Site Completes More than 2,000 Tests, State
Directs Resources to Higher Need Areas
Harrisburg, PA - The Wolf Administration today announced it will close
the COVID-19 public testing site at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza in
Wilkes-Barre, Luzerne County, on Friday, May 29. Since the site opened on
April 20, 2020, 2,048 residents have been tested for COVID-19. Thirty-one
symptomatic residents were tested at the site on Thursday.
“We are very pleased with the
success of the site and that we were able to provide necessary testing to
citizens of Northeast Pennsylvania,” Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine said.
“However, it is time we redirect these resources to other areas of our
state that are in need of assistance in this pandemic. The department will
continue to work with other testing sites located across the commonwealth
with the goal of making testing accessible to any symptomatic resident in
Out of the 2,048 symptomatic
residents who were tested at the site so far, more than 7 percent were
positive with COVID-19. The testing site will continue to test any
symptomatic Pennsylvania resident through 4 p.m. on May 29. If individuals
want to be tested after May 29, there are other testing sites located in
northeast Pennsylvania. A map of these sites and information is available here.
The drive-thru testing site is
being held in the parking lot of the Mohegan Sun Pocono Arena and pre-registration is required. The site is open daily from 10:00 AM to
4:00 PM daily to test symptomatic Northeast Pennsylvanian residents.
Registration is required one day
in advance and can be found on the Department of Health’s website, health.pa.gov. Registration by phone is also available by calling
1-877-PA-HEALTH. Appointments are capped at 200 per day. No onsite
registration is available.
As of 12:00 a.m., May 21, there were
65,392 positive cases of COVID-19 statewide in 67 counties and 4,869
confirmed deaths. Most of the patients hospitalized are 65 or older, and
most of the deaths have occurred in patients 65 and older. More data is
The Wolf Administration stresses
the role Pennsylvanians play in helping to reduce the spread of COVID-19:
your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use hand
sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
any coughs or sneezes with your elbow, not your hands.
home to avoid spreading COVID-19, especially if you are unwell.
you must go out for a life-sustaining reason, please wear a mask.
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