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Clinton County to hold ‘walk-up’ COVID-19 testing

LOCK HAVEN — A mobile COVID-19 testing site is coming to Clinton County.

Commissioner Jeff Snyder relayed this information to the public during the commissioners regular meeting Thursday morning.

“The testing will begin on Thursday, Dec. 10 and it’ll run through Monday, Dec. 14. It is a drive thru, walk-in testing site that will be at the Castanea Picnic Grounds,” Snyder said.

The testing site is being brought through efforts by the Clinton County Community Emergency Coalition and the Pennsylvania Department of Health.

The DOH recently expanded its contract with AMI Expenditionary Healthcare to provide more regional testing sites across the state.

“For the last couple of weeks, my department has been working with the Department of Health to organize the opportunity for our community to be tested,” Andrew Kremser, director of the county’s department of emergency service, said.

Kremser said testing is on a first-come, first-serve basis with the site being able to test 450 people per today through the mid-nasal passage swab PCR tests.

Snyder said the program is free to all patients ages three an up and symptoms are not required to be tested. No appointment is necessary, he said.

Kremser added that the public is encouraged to bring their photo ID and an insurance card. Those who don’t have insurance can still be tested.

For minors, parents or guardians must complete a HIPPA form and have the child’s social security number available.

“The public will need to be patient with the process, as registration will be done on-site. This is the second county of regional testing and it will take some time to get through the paperwork and actual test,” Kremser said.

To access the site, residents should enter the picnic grounds by taking Hanna Street onto Lower Creek road in order to prevent a back up of traffic on Water Street or Island Road. Cars will then exit the grounds onto Bald Eagle Street and past the Clinton County Piper Building.

The commissioners issued the following statement regarding the testing:

“We are encouraging our community to take advantage of this opportunity. One of the proven ways to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 is through testing and quarantining. If we can test more and isolate the positives, hopefully we can slow the spread of the virus in the county.”

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