Pennsylvania is now the 4th highest state in the US for total COVID-19 cases, overtaking Michigan.
As of today, New York has 241,041 cases, followed by New Jersey with 81,420, Massachusetts with 36,372, Pennsylvania with 31,731, and Michigan with 30,791.
Locally, Luzerne county has 1712 total cases and has suffered 32 deaths. Carbon County has 136 total cases with 8 deaths and Schuylkill County has 252 cases with 5 deaths. Pennsylvania as a whole has suffered 836 deaths to date.
The Wolf Administration today announced a COVID-19 testing site at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza in Wilkes-Barre, Luzerne County, to provide much-needed testing for symptomatic first responders, health care workers and residents 65 or older throughout Northeastern Pennsylvania.
“From 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM, Monday, the site will be open for 100 first responders and health care workers from Northeastern Pennsylvanian who are having COVID-19 symptoms to get tested,” Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine said. “We are taking every precaution to safely provide this critical public health service and prevent the spread of COVID-19. People are required to stay in their cars to get tested and drive directly back onto the highway to return home.”
The drive-thru testing site will be held in the parking lot of the Mohegan Sun Pocono Arena and pre-registration is required. Beginning Tuesday, April 21, the site will be open from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM daily to test up to 200 Northeastern Pa. residents over 65, first responders and health care workers each day. Registration is required one day in advance and can be found on the Department of Health’s website, health.pa.gov. No onsite registration is available.
Patients do not need a doctor’s prescription to be tested. Dr. Levine has signed a standing order for anyone who registers to be tested at the site.
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