Franklin County: COVID-19 Pop-up Testing Site

COVID-19 pop-up testing

A COVID-19 pop-up testing site will open at Chambersburg Mall for five days beginning Friday.

In response to the rapid rise in positive cases across the state, the Pennsylvania Department of Health (PADOH) has contracted with AMI to perform pop-up testing in various counties, including Franklin County.

COVID-19 pop-up test
Jacob Crider

The PADOH, in conjunction with the Franklin County Department of Emergency Services, determined the Chambersburg Mall as a suitable site location for Franklin County.

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“This is a great opportunity for Franklin County residents to receive a free COVID-19 test without having to go to a medical facility. This helps free up medical staff leaving them more time to care for patients who are ill or require other types of treatment,” said Franklin County Department of Emergency Services Director Jacob M. Crider.

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Franklin County COVID-19 Pop-up Testing

The pop-up COVID-19 testing site will be open from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday, December 18 through Tuesday, December 22. Appointments are not necessary. The site will have drive-thru and walk-up options. 

The test is free for Individuals, with or without symptoms, aged 3 years old and up. Staff will request private insurance information, however. The client’s insurance might cover the lab fees. If it doesn’t, the lab fees will be submitted to the federal government for reimbursement.

Patients with positive test results will be notified by telephone. Those with negative test results will be notified by email (if they don’t have email, they will be called). Test results are expected within 2-3 days.

Important details

  • Location: Chambersburg Mall, 3055 Black Gap Road, Chambersburg, PA 17202
  • Dates: December 18, 2020 – December 22, 2020
  • Times: 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
  • Cost: Free
  • Drive-thru or walk-up.

Franklin County Vaccine Distribution: What We Know

Shipments of a COVID-19 vaccine are arriving in states across the country this week. At this time the vaccine is going to hospitals, health care providers, physicians and pharmacists.

According to the PADOH, the vaccine will be distributed in phases.The first phase will be for frontline healthcare personnel; emergency medical services (EMS) first responders; and residents and staff of congregate care settings.

The second phase will be for high-priority recipients who have not yet received the vaccine; as well as essential workers in proximity to others and who cannot work remotely.

The third phase will be for the general public.

At this time, there is no sign up for the vaccination. Individuals interested in receiving a vaccine should contact their family health care provider and/or pharmacist for more information.

To check for updates on vaccine availability in Pennsylvania, click here.

For local updates, visit Wellspan Health for additional information.

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