Gov. Wolf: Department of Health
Reaches COVID-19 Testing Goal in May, Continues to Increase Testing in
PA – Governor
Tom Wolf announced today that the Department of Health reached its testing
goals in May with more than 283,000 COVID-19 diagnostic test results
reported to the department. The department achieved
its 2 percent testing goal for the month by more than 11 percent.
addition, beginning Friday, June 5, various Walmart and Quest Diagnostics
drive-thru testing locations across the state will provide testing for
residents living in areas with fewer testing sites. No COVID-19 testing
will take place inside Walmart stores or Quest Diagnostics Patient Service
appreciate the hard work done by health systems, pharmacies, FQHCs, medical
clinics and other entities that are providing testing for COVID-19 across
Pennsylvania,” Gov. Wolf said. “This goal is just one step in ramping up
the state’s testing capabilities and it demonstrates the tremendous
progress made to ensure all Pennsylvanians who need to be tested are.”
of Health Dr. Rachel Levine said, “When we established our testing
strategy, we wanted testing to be accessible, available and adaptable and
we are working to meet that challenge. Anyone who believes they have
symptoms of COVID-19 can get tested today in Pennsylvania.”
launch of five drive-thru testing sites will begin on June 5. These sites
will be open on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 7:00 AM to 9:00 AM to
test up to 50 registered patients. Registration is required one day in
advance. The testing sites that will open on Wednesday include:
- Walmart Supercenter parking lot, 63 Perkins Rd,
- Walmart Supercenter parking lot, 2711 Elm Street,
- Walmart Supercenter parking lot, 1015 N Loyalsock
Ave, Montoursville, PA
- Walmart Supercenter parking lot, 100 Supercenter
Drive, Clearfield, PA
- Walmart Supercenter parking lot, 1275 N Hermitage
Rd, Hermitage, PA
testing sites will be announced in upcoming days and will be listed on the
testing, you are required to return home and self-isolate,” Dr. Levine
said. “If your symptoms worsen while you are waiting for your test results,
talk to your doctor. If you experience a medical emergency, please seek
Department of Health is partnering with Quest Diagnostics to process the
tests. At this time, the tests are being provided at no cost to
Pennsylvanians. Patients will create an account on Quest’s patient portal and answer some
eligibility questions to determine if they meet the criteria to get tested.
The site will be available for appointment scheduling at 6:00 PM this
patient is eligible, they will be notified of a testing location within a
50-mile radius of them with available appointment times. The patient will
schedule an appointment time, print a voucher and bring the voucher to the
location with them to their appointment. Patients will receive an email
with their test results within 24 to 48 hours, and physicians will call any
patient who has a positive test result.
the work of a number of entities, testing is accessible for Pennsylvanians.
As entities such as Rite Aid, CVS, Patient First and Walmart offer testing
regardless of symptoms, more Pennsylvanians can get tested close to home.
Adding these locations to those already offered by hospitals, health
systems, FQHCs, health clinics and other locations has expanded the testing
network in the state.
increased testing supplies through state and federal partners and
Pennsylvania businesses, testing has become more available in Pennsylvania.
This has helped ensure that the swabs and medium are available to conduct
testing, and to also roll out universal testing at long-term care
department’s testing plan remains adaptable. This includes ensuring
everyone in a long-term care facility can be tested, providing all counties
with at least one testing location, and other efforts based on the latest
data and science surrounding COVID-19.
of COVID-19 include:
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Repeating shaking with chills
- Muscle pain
- Sore throat
- New loss of taste or smell
may appear in as few as two days or as long as 14 days after exposure.
Reported illnesses have ranged from people with little to no symptoms to
people being severely ill and dying.
latest information for individuals, families, businesses and schools, visit
“Responding to COVID-19” on pa.gov.
Wolf Administration stresses the role Pennsylvanians play in helping to
reduce the spread of COVID-19:
- Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20
seconds or use hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
- Cover any coughs or sneezes with your elbow, not
- Clean surfaces frequently.
- Stay home to avoid spreading COVID-19, especially
if you are unwell.
- If you must go out for a life-sustaining reason,
please wear a mask.
Updated Coronavirus Links: Press Releases,
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like COVID-19 updates from commonwealth agencies. Residents can sign up
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