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Free COVID testing site moving out of Nittany Mall

BELLEFONTE — The free COVID-19 testing site in Centre County will soon be on the move.

At Tuesday’s Centre County commissioners’ meeting, county administrator Margaret Gray announced that the site, which has been operating out of the former Bon Ton department store at the Nittany Mall, will be moving — though it won’t be far.

Beginning on Tuesday, Jan. 19, the site will move to 1155 Benner Pike, Suite 120. That location is the site of the former Comcast/Xfinity service center. The Nittany Mall site will be operational through Saturday, Jan. 16, Gray said.

“It’s really just across the street, down the Benner Pike,” Gray said of the new location.

“There will be lots of signage and flags. We very much appreciate the Nittany Mall. The Nittany Mall has been the home for the AMI site since the end of October and they have been wonderful to work with as well. Due to new tenants coming it, it’s necessary for the site to move,” Gray said.

Hours for testing at the new location will remain the same — Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

“Finding something as close to the Nittany Mall is going to be very helpful,” Gray said.

The site has been funded by county CARES Act funds. It costs about $79,000 per week and allows for 300 tests per day. Several thousand tests have been administered by AMI.

Anyone can get a test at the site. In fact, patients of all ages may utilize the site, and no symptoms or appointments are needed to receive a free test. A photo ID or insurance card are required upon arrival. Registration is then completed on-site.

“We look forward to the continued partnership (with AMI),” said Commissioner Michael Pipe.

In other business Tuesday, the commissioners:

— Approved a grant award notification from the Juvenile Court Judges’ Commission for the Juvenile Probation Services Grant. The total award is $66,935.85 for the period of July 1, 2020 through June 30, 2021.

— Certified appropriations for the 2021 Program Year of the Agricultural Land Preservation Program. Appropriations include $80,000 standard County allocation, $9,548.03 in 2020 Clean and Green interest, no commitment from Ferguson Township under MPP, and no commitment from Potter Township under MPP; a total of $89,548.03. The item was moved to next week’s consent agenda.

— Submission of the 2020 Fair Housing Annual Report to the Department of Community and Economic Development. The item was also moved to next week’s consent agenda.

— Approved Proclamation No. 1 of 2021, proclaiming the month of January as Mentoring Month in Centre County. Denise McCann of the Centre County Youth Service Bureau was on the call and spoke about the need for mentors for its Big Brothers Big Sisters program. Those interested in volunteering to be a mentor can call (814) 237-2224 to learn more about the program.

Pipe reminded residents that Centre County offices will be closed on Monday, Jan. 18 in observation of the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday.

The commissioners will meet again at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 19. The meeting will be held via Zoom and televised live via C-NET.

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