PHILADELPHIA - As the number of COVID-19 cases rises across the Delaware Valley, more 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.
FULL COVERAGE: CORONAVIRUS
When traveling to a testing site, residents are urged to wear a surgical mask over their nose and mouth. If you do not have a surgical mask, wear a scarf over your nose and mouth.
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.
For more information, see here.
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.
Montgomery County Community College
On Thursday, April 16, a new drive-thru testing location will open at the Central Campus of Montgomery County Community College in Whitpain Township.
The site will provide self-swab COVID-19 testing, by appointment only. Tests will be reserved for high-risk individuals meeting one or more of the following five 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
The site will remain open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday, as testing supplies allow. Appointment registration will open at 8 a.m. each morning and will remain open until all available spots are filled. Individuals can register online. Those without internet access can register over the phone by calling 610-631-3000.
Individuals arriving for testing should enter the campus via the entrance on the 300 block of Dekalb Pike (US 202). Only enclosed passenger vehicles and small vans and trucks will be permitted to enter the queue.
Philadelphia Health Department Walk-Up Site
– Hours: Daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
– To be tested, you must be a healthcare worker or first responder, OR have symptoms of a fever and new onset of cough and be over 50.
– This site is available by appointment only. Call 267-491-5870 for a referral.
– Bring your driver’s license or PHL City ID and insurance card (if you have one). People will not be turned away due to lack of insurance or documentation, and the test will be done at no cost.
– The exact location of the site has not been disclosed. City officials will direct the residents where to go when setting up an appointment.
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.
VYBE URGENT CARE
Vybe offers testing Monday through Sunday at all locations. To be tested, a patient must be referred via a vybe video visit prior: https://vybe.care/video-visits/. More information can be found, here.
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