After Closing Federally Funded COVID-19 Testing Site, County to Open Six More Sites Next Week

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After closing the sole federally funded COVID-19 site on Tuesday, Montgomery County is getting ready to open six more sites supported by the CARES Act. Image via The Philadelphia Inquirer.

After closing the sole federally funded COVID-19 site on Tuesday, Montgomery County is getting ready to open six more sites next week, writes Jennifer Lynn for the WHYY.

The walk-up testing sites will be supported by some of the funding the county received from the CARES Act. These will be at no cost to residents. To be tested, individuals will not require an order from a health provider.

“We will test people of any age and we want to strongly encourage people to get tested even if they just want to be tested, even if they’re just curious, because the more people that get tested, the better eyes we will have on what’s going on in the community,” said Montgomery County Commissioner Chair Dr. Valerie Arkoosh.

Arkoosh also said that the county now has a much better understanding of the virus than when the outbreak first began. Additionally she reemphasized the importance of wearing a mask.

“Sixteen weeks ago, we didn’t understand that the virus can linger in the air,” she said. “Now we know that. And that’s part of why masks are so important.”

The six new sites anoounced Wednesday are:

Pottstown – Montgomery County Office of Public Health, 364 King Street. Testing is available:

    • Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from noon to 2 p.m.
    • Tuesday/Thursday from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Lansdale – 421 Main Street. Testing is available:

    • Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
    • Tuesday/Thursday from noon to 2 p.m.

Willow Grove – Montgomery County Office of Public Health, 102 York Road (this site will be moving). Testing is available:

    • Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from noon to 2 p.m.
    • Tuesday/Thursday from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Green Lane – Deep Creek and Snyder Road. Testing is available:

    • Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
    • Tuesday/Thursday from noon to 2 p.m.

Ardmore – 114 W. Lancaster Ave. Testing is available:

    • Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
    • Tuesday/Thursday from noon to 2 p.m.

Norristown – Delaware Valley Community Health Center at the Norristown Regional Health Center at 1401 Dekalb Street. This site will open on Tuesday, July 7, with hours of operation to be announced in the coming days.

Read more about the ramped-up testing at the WHYY by clicking here.

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