PHILADELPHIA - As the number of COVID-19 cases rises across the Delaware Valley, more drive-thru facilities are opening for testing.
Below is a breakdown of Philadelphia-area sites where people can get tested, as well as the criteria for being tested.
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Abington Hospital in Abington Township
Jefferson Health patients who are experiencing a fever and/or respiratory symptoms — such as shortness of breath or cough — are urged to call their primary care physician to be assessed by phone. If a patient is referred for testing by their physician, they will be scheduled for an appointment to be seen at Abington Hospital’s temporary testing site.
The hospital stressed that patients should not go to the testing site without a referral from their Abington – Jefferson Health physician.
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Penn Medicine in West Philadelphia, Radnor
Patients with flu or cold symptoms who suspect they may have the coronavirus must call 267-414-2303 to get registered before testing at Penn Medicine's West Philadelphia or Radnor locations.
For more information, see here.
Temple University in Ambler
Temple University's coronavirus testing site opened Saturday at its Ambler campus in Upper Dublin Township.
Tests are appointment only and open only to people who meet one or more of the following criteria:
– Persons of any age and with symptoms of sudden illness (such as fever, cough, shortness of breath or loss of smell/taste), including gastrointestinal symptoms (such as nausea or vomiting or diarrhea) with or without fever
– First responders (law enforcement, fire, EMS, or dispatcher) and concern for exposure to a patient with suspected COVID-19 or symptoms of any sudden illness with or without fever
– Healthcare workers providing direct patient care and concern for exposure to a patient with suspected COVID-19 or symptoms of any sudden illness with or without fever
– Anyone with known or suspected direct contact to someone with COVID-19
– Anyone who has been recommended by their doctor to get tested
Those without internet access can register over the phone by calling 610-631-3000.
Citizens Bank Park in South Philadelphia
Philadelphia's public health department has begun testing at a community-based site at Citizen's Bank Park. People over 50 and healthcare workers who have symptoms are being prioritized for testing.
Testing will only be conducted to those in four-wheeled, closed-top, non-commercial, non-recreational vehicles. Walk-ins will not be permitted.
The site operates daily from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.
"Our top priority will be healthcare workers with symptoms, because nobody wants to be treated by a healthcare worker who is carrying this virus," Philadelphia Health Commissioner Thomas Farley said.
An appointment is not necessary, but Farley asks that patients bring drivers license and health insurance card to expedite the process.
"Everyone for whom it's appropriate will be tested regardless whether they have health insurance, but it simply helps us if you have a health insurance card," Farley said.
Philadelphia officials announced another city testing site whose exact location was not disclosed. The site is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is by appointment only. People over 50 and healthcare workers who have symptoms are similarly being prioritized for testing. Those who fit the criteria and want to be tested can call 267-491-5870 to set up an appointment. City officials will direct the residents where to go.
Rite Aid in West Oak Lane
Rite Aid has set up a testing site for first responders and healthcare workers on Ogontz Avenue. The test site will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week.
Einstein Healthcare Network
Einstein Healthcare Network has made two testing sites available to the public by appointment only. Einstein Physicians Mayfair and Einstein Physicians Olney will be open for testing Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
To limit exposure to others, patients will be asked to use a back entrance and follow "testing site" signs. Healthcare workers will be on-site to greet patients as they arrive.
Einstein recommends patients who believe they are symptomatic of COVID-19 to first call their Einstein-affiliated primary care doctor.
Patients will be evaluated over the phone and instructed whether to come in for testing, self-quarantine at home with over-the-counter drugs or go to the emergency room.
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