Northampton County expands hours at free, drive-through COVID-19 testing site

Written by on December 30, 2021

Northampton County expands hours at free, drive-through COVID-19 testing site

By Jim Deegan
December 30, 2021

BETHLEHEM, Pa. – With virus cases and demand for testing on the rise, Northampton County and its partners are expanding the hours of a free, drive-through COVID-19 testing site in Bethlehem Township.

The site will be open from 8 a.m. to noon Friday, Dec. 31, and on Saturday (New Year’s Day).

Then, next week, testing will be available from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.. Monday (Jan. 3), Wednesday (Jan. 5) and Friday, (Jan. 7) and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesday (Jan. 4) and Thursday (Jan. 6).

Neither appointments nor a physician’s order are required for tests, which are open to everyone.

Only county residents will have the cost of testing covered by the county if they do not have health insurance coverage. Participants should bring a photo ID and health insurance card if they have one.

Tests are administered outside the Coordinated Health building at 3100 Emrick Blvd. The site is a partnership between the county and Lehigh Valley Health Network.

“Cases, and the need for testing, has risen due to the omicron variant and the holidays,” County Execuive Lamont McClure said in a news release. “We are expanding our hours next week to meet demand and will adjust them accordingly as we move forward.”

Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccinations are also available but by appointment only during the site’s regular hours — 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday; and 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday. 

Vaccination appointments are being taken through the LVHN website, the MyLVHN patient portal or by calling the COVID-19 Vaccine Hotline at 833-584-6283. The hotline hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday; and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

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