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PA Dept. of Health Announces COVID-19 Testing Site at AVP

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POSTED: May 3, 2021

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Barry Ciccocioppo, ra-dhpressoffice@pa.gov

Avoca, PA – The Pennsylvania Department of Health recently announced that a long-term indoor walk-in COVID-19 testing site will open to the public in at the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport (AVP). This testing site is available through a partnership with AMI Expeditionary Healthcare (AMI).

“The virus is still present in our communities, which is evident from the daily count of COVID-19 cases statewide,” Acting Secretary of Health Alison Beam said. “This reinforces the need for continued testing across the state. We encourage anyone who feels they need or want a test to take advantage of all COVID-19 testing clinics, if they think they have been exposed to COVID-19. Much of the news and attention has shifted to COVID-19 vaccines, but testing is still a critical part of our response to ultimately stop the spread of COVID-19.”

Beginning Monday, May 3 through Friday, May 28, testing will be available daily, Mondays through Fridays from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM at the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport, 100 Terminal Drive, Avoca, PA, 18641. Testing will be conducted in an office located next to the car rental ticket counters in the Terminal Building.

In addition, parking will be available at the far end of the front of the Terminal Building, in the lane furthest to the right, near the flag pole.

Mid-nasal passage swab PCR tests will be performed. Testing is on a first-come, first-serve basis and is completely free. No appointment is necessary. Testing is open to individuals who are not county residents. Patients must be ages 3 and older and are not required to show symptoms of COVID-19 in order to be tested. Patients are encouraged to bring a photo-ID. Registration will also be completed on-site. The turnaround time for testing results is one to three days after testing.

The AMI testing site will be open to anyone who feels they need a test. It is important that even people with no symptoms who have tested positive isolate in order to stop the spread of COVID-19.

For the full press release from the PA Department of Health, click here.

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