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COVID-19 testing moves in Bellefonte

TIM WEIGHT/FOR THE EXPRESS The old Subway building, located at 219 S. Water St. in Bellefonte, will serve as Centre County’s new COVID-19 testing center.

BELLEFONTE — Centre County’s COVID-19 testing center is on the move once again.

During Tuesday’s Centre County Board of Commissioners’ meeting, it was announced that the testing site will move into the old Subway building in downtown Bellefonte.

Centre County administrator Margaret Gray provided the update.

“Starting Friday (April 29), the testing site is moving to the former Subway building right down here in front of Big Spring (Spirits),” Gray said. “That building is now owned by the Borough of Bellefonte and they are more than willing to allow AMI and the (Pennsylvania) Department of Health to use the space.”

The old Subway is located at 219 S. Water St., in Bellefonte. Although the space is small, Gray said that it will serve the need.

“We’ve toured it. It will work as long as our numbers stay down,” Gray said. “We’re hoping for that, especially during the summer months.”

She said that AMI is hoping to take up occupancy for the next few months.

“The idea is that they would be in this space until September and then I think at that point the Department of Health will be re-evaluating which way to head,” Gray noted.

The testing center was located at the Centre County Recycling and Refuse Authority for the past several months.

“I just want to thank them again,” Gray said. “I think we’ve been there a total of about eight months altogether. A thank you also to the Borough of Bellefonte for being willing to open this space for the site.”

The testing site will be open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday.

“The county was looking at possible sites and our Subway property came up in a conversation,” said Bellefonte Borough manager Ralph Stewart. “Jeff Warren, County EMA Director, contacted me last week about using it. I checked with the officers of Council — due to the fact that the County needed an answer ASAP — and the approval was granted.”

Centre County Government has enjoyed a successful partnership with AMI Expeditionary Healthcare. There have been several locations, including the former Bon-Ton department store at the Nittany Mall, the former Sears Automotive building and the former Comcast Building, across from the Nittany Mall and, of course, the CCRRA.

There are no age limits for testing. Testing is free, but an ID is required.

According to the Centre County Government website, individuals with insurance will be asked to provide an insurance card; however, no co-pay or any other cost is charged to the individual. Uninsured individuals will also be tested without cost to the person.

Anyone needing to be tested may access the site, regardless of residency.

“The Board of Commissioners thanks the Borough of Bellefonte for partnering with the Pennsylvania Department of Health to keep a testing site in our community,” said chair Michael Pipe.

In other business Tuesday, the commissioners:

— Approved a memorandum of understanding (MOU) for the preliminary and final land development plan for Bellefonte Warehouse located in Benner Township. This proposal constitutes a final plan submission showing the development of a fulfillment center warehouse being 1,080,289 square feet along with the corresponding infrastructure located on lot 12R (103.5645 acres) at the end of Penntech Drive and Industrial Drive within the Benner Commerce Park. The developer has a non-disclosure agreement, so it has not been announced what business will be moving into the spot.

— Made Proclamation No. 14 of 2022, proclaiming May 2022 as Mental Health Awareness Month in Centre County.

— Opened bids for the invitation for bids to provide congregate, in-home and shelf stable meals to older persons in Centre County. The IFB was tabled until next week’s meeting.

— Approved a memorandum of understanding for the final subdivision plan of Deerhaven Phase 3B. The proposal represents the next phase of the Deerhaven Subdivision, showing an additional 14 residential lots and one open space lot with corresponding infrastructure comprising a total of 6.497 acres. This subdivision is located in Walker Township, north of Zion Back Road (T-461) and east of Ten Point Path serving the existing Deerhaven Subdivision, approximately one mile east of the Zion Back Road intersection with state Route 64. The item was moved to next week’s consent agenda.

The Centre County Board of Commissioners will meet again at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, May 3 at the Willowbank Building in Bellefonte. The meeting is open to the public and will also be televised live by C-NET.

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