father Health Department offers free COVID tests for public holidays

PENNSYLVANIA (WHTM) — The Pennsylvania Department of Health is offering free COVID-19 testing and take-home testing across the state, including in Harrisburg, as people prepare for holiday gatherings.

The tests are free and accessible to everyone and include tests conducted and analyzed on site; Distribution of at-home COVID-19 antigen tests; and conducting PCR tests with swabs down the middle of the nose, according to the Health Ministry.

Tests are offered in partnership with AMI Expeditionary Healthcare at the following locations, according to the Department of Health:

Harrisburg-Dauphin County International House
320 Kastanienstr.
Harrisburg, PA 17101

Strawberry Square Center Court
Harrisburg, PA 17101
(Pickup only)

Tuesday to Saturday, 10am to 7pm from November 21st to December 9th

22, 29, 30 Nov and 6, 8 Dec from 11am to 1pm

Intermediate Unit 1 “Fab Lab” (three locations plus Penn West-CALU) A drive of the intermediate unit (central)
Coal Center, PA 15423

Location in partnership with Penn West – CALU Campus
Penn West-Edinboro
Phillipsburg Bldg.
740 Obstgartenstr.
California, PA 15419

Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m
Rotates between IU1 campuses every three weeks
Intermediate Unit 4 – Midwest 453 Ahornstr.
Grove City, PA 16127
Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m
Intermediate Unit 5 – Northwest Tri-County Location in partnership with Penn West Edinboro Campus
Dearborn Hall
205 Darrow Rd
Edinboro, PA 16444
Monday to Wednesday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m
Tuesday to Thursday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m
Intermediate Unit 8 – Appalachian Mountains 4500 6th Ave.
Altoona, PA 16602
Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m
Intermediate Unit 10 – Central 60 decibels Road Suite 107
State College, PA 16801
Tuesday to Saturday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m
Intermediate Unit 11 – Tuscarora 2527 US Highway 522 South
McVeytown, PA 17051
Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m
Intermediate Unit 14 – Berks County 1111 Commons Blvd. Read, PA 19605 Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m
Intermediate Unit 17 – Lycoming 33 Springbrook Drive
Canton, PA 17724
(Bradford Office)
Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m
Intermediate Unit 19 – Northeast Formation 1200 line road
Archbald, PA 18403
Monday to Friday, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m

People don’t have to have COVID-19 symptoms to be tested, and patients don’t need to make an appointment because registration is completed on-site, the health ministry said.

Those tested will be asked to bring photo ID, but it is not required.

“We want to make access to COVID-19 testing as convenient as possible for people so they can protect family and friends during holiday gatherings,” said Acting Secretary of Health and Medical Services of Pennsylvania, Dr. Denise Johnson. “If you are not feeling well, stay at home to avoid spreading disease. We also recommend testing before contact with someone at high risk of severe COVID-19.”