A new mobile testing site opened this week in Wilkes-Barre

Written by on April 21, 2020

A new mobile testing site opened this week in Wilkes-Barre

By Tyler Pratt

April 21, 2020

A worker verifies a coronavirus drive-thru testing appointment at a Vehicle Emissions Inspection Program (VEIP) station in Curtis Bay, Md., Wednesday, April 1, 2020. Maryland opened three drive-thru testing sites for residents who are symptomatic or at high risk of complications from COVID-19. The tests are offered at three vehicle emissions testing sites in Anne Arundel, Charles and Harford counties. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

A new mobile testing site opened on Monday, April 20, in Wilkes-Barre. It’s for healthcare workers, first responders and people 65 years and older with symptoms of COVID-19, who live and work in northeast Pennsylvania and pre-register online.

Speaking at her daily health briefing Monday, state health secretary Rachel Levine said access to Mohegan Sun Pocono Arena test site was planned to discourage the spread of infection into the surrounding communities. 

“People will come off the highway, be sent directly to that site, in the parking lot and then after testing directed right back on the highway to avoid going shopping,” said Levine.

Fewer than a thousand new cases of COVID-19 announced today across the state. However, Levine has said this could be attributed to a lack of testing – not fewer infections. The statewide total for cases of COVID-19 is more than 33 thousand. There have been over 12 -hundred deaths. 


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