HARRISBURG, Pa. – The Pennsylvania Department of Health announced this month that all COVID-19 community-based testing centers operating in conjunction with AMI Expeditionary Healthcare (AMI) now offer three types of free testing: a test facility where tests are performed and results are reviewed on page, distribution home anti-COVID-19 antigen testing and further monitoring of intra-nasal PCR testing.
“Testing is a great way to detect the virus and to know what you can do to reduce the spread of COVID-19,” said senior physician Dr. Denise Johnson, who is also the Deputy Secretary to the Ministry of Health. working with government partners to ensure the availability of COVID-19 testing. ”
AMI is currently conducting pilot work in seven states: Berks, Blair, Center, Clarion (PennWest Clarion), Clinton, Erie (PennWest Edinboro), and Washington.
The trial site is free and open to anyone two years of age or older who feels the need to test on a first-come, first-served basis. PCR tests are available for 3 years and up. People should not have COVID-19 indicators for testing. Patients are encouraged to bring photo-ID, but ID is not required for testing. Selection is not required because registration will be completed on site.
People who have been tested should isolate themselves while waiting for their test results. It is important that even asymptomatic individuals who have been tested positive for isolate themselves to prevent the spread of COVID-19. People living with other people should isolate themselves in a private room and use a private bathroom if possible.
Some homeowners and the person waiting for the test results should stay home. The department has additional instructions for people awaiting the results of the COVID-19 test.
People who have been tested positive for the PCR test receive a call from AMI while those who do not have received a protected PDF from AMI. People who receive antigen point-of-care tests will receive their results on page and word of mouth and can request their writing in writing.
“If you test positive for COVID-19, there are drugs that are acceptable for most patients,” said Drs. Johnson. “Most treatments should start within 5 days of your illness, so be sure to check with your health care provider as soon as possible to see if treatment is right for you – even if your symptoms are mild.”
In addition to these testing opportunities, Pennsylvania residents can find local testing sites on the Pennsylvania COVID-19 Viral Testing Sites here.
For more information on COVID-19 and where to get treatment, visit the PA Department of Health at health.pa.gov.