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COVID-19 testing coming to Nittany Mall

Testing will be free

STATE COLLEGE — A pop-up COVID-19 testing clinic is coming to Centre County.

On Friday, the Pennsylvania Department of Health announced that the testing clinic will open next week at the Nittany Mall in State College. Approximately 500 registered individuals per day will be tested on Sept. 25-26 and Sept. 29-Oct. 3. The DOH recently signed a contract with AMI Expeditionary Healthcare to provide testing in communities in need across Pennsylvania.

All testing is free of charge and will take place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., each day that the site is open.

“These testing sites will be open to anyone who feels they need a test,” Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine said in a news release. “It is important that even people with no symptoms who test positive isolate and quarantine to stop the spread of COVID-19.”

According to the release, patients are not required to show symptoms of COVID-19 in order to be tested. No appointment is necessary, but a photo ID or insurance card is required. Registration will be completed on site.

Additionally, the DOH is setting up a testing site in Bloomsburg during the same time frame. Since the start of September, Centre County has seen more than 1,100 new cases of the deadly virus. That tally is about two and half times its total for the months of March through August combined. Columbia County, which has less than half the population of Centre, has had 173 cases this month alone. In both locations, the surge has mostly been tied to returning college students at Penn State University and Bloomsburg University.

Levine said that the rise in cases in both counties is “significant cause for concern.” Levine also said the DOH has offered assistance in making recommendations for localized mitigation measures in Centre County.

“I have directed my staff to assist Centre County in identifying localized containment and mitigation efforts to reduce the spread and facilitate communications between large employers, county officials and local governments. This group will work together to develop strategic recommendations tailored to this specific area to stop the spread of COVID-19,” Levine said in the release.

According to the release, partners in this Centre County effort will include Department of Health staff, Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency staff, the Pennsylvania Department of Education, Centre County Commissioners, State College Borough, Penn State University, additional local elected officials, local chambers of commerce and other stakeholders.

For more information about COVID-19 or to find a testing site, visit health.pa.gov.

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