More COVID-19 testing sites are available in the Lehigh Valley, but it doesn’t mean people without symptoms will be able use them

Written by on March 16, 2020

More COVID-19 testing sites are available in the Lehigh Valley, but it doesn’t mean people without symptoms will be able use them

By Brittany Sweeney

March 16, 2020

Starting today, there are more locations open for coronavirus testing in the Lehigh Valley. A new center opening today [Monday] by Lehigh Valley Health Network brings the total to eight.

But, WLVR’s Brittany Sweeney reports, hospital officials say they don’t want to test people who don’t have COVID-19 symptoms. 

Lehigh Valley Health Network officials say you’ll need to be assessed by a doctor or telemedicine before going to a center. Rich Levy is with the hospital group. He says they want to keep the testing environment free of anything but people who need to be tested for the virus.   

We have the test, but we don’t know what, you know, how many people are going to be affected and need to be tested. So we need to keep those kits for people who really have the symptoms. We can’t just test everybody,” Levy.

A few locations opened Wednesday, with nearly 100 people being tested that day. Once the testing is complete the swabs go to the lab where results take 3 to 4 days. And they’re working on a new test that will produce results even faster – in 8 hours.

Ronald Walsh is with Health Network Laboratories, which currently runs all testing in the area. 

“Once we launch our internal testing right now, we would have a capacity of at least 75 samples per day, but we’re doing everything possible to maximize our capacity. So it may end up being hundreds of samples a day that we’re able to turn around in a timely fashion, to give the needed answers to our providers,” Walsh.

Lehigh Valley Health Network is LVHN is waiving the fee for online video assessments.  Anyone experiencing symptoms can call the phone number on the hospital’s website or download the app for more information.

COVID-19 assess and test locations, run by Lehigh Valley Health Network, are now up and running in and around the Lehigh Valley.

Lehigh Valley Health Network urges anyone with symptoms to call 1-888-402-LVHN or the app MyLVHN.

Testing Site Locations: 

  • LVPG Express Care Whitehall
    2741 MacArthur Road

  • LVPG Pocono
    1655 W. Main St., Stroudsburg

  • LVPG Palmerton
    528 Delaware Ave.

  • LVPG Macungie
    6451 Village Lane

  • LVPG Richland Twp.
    320 W. Pumping Station Rd.

  • LVPG Schuylkill
    35 Sillyman St., Cressona

  • LVPG Hazleton
    140 N. Sherman Court

  • LVPG Nazareth
    863 Nazareth Pike

Watch Brittany’s full PBS39 News Tonight Report.

For a full list of our reports and resources, visit WLVR.org/health and keep up with the latest news on this situation on our Live Blog.


News

Current track

Title

Artist

Background
%d bloggers like this: