UPDATE: At 6PM the Wolf Administration released the following statement: 49 symptomatic first responders and health care workers were tested during the first day of the administration’s COVID-19 testing site at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza in Wilkes-Barre, Luzerne County.
WILKES-BARRE TOWNSHIP, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) Day one of mass drive-thru testing for COVID-19 in Luzerne County is now in the books. The state health department performed testing in the parking lot of the Mohegan Sun Arena.
People started to line up for the COVID-19 drive-thru testing just before noon Monday. Tents were set up in the parking lot of the Mohegan Sun Arena. Luzerne County sheriff’s deputies stood watch and monitored traffic flow.
Highland Park Boulevard was closed in both directions from the Interstate 81 Ramp to Mundy Street. On this day first responders and healthcare workers were tested. They had to be COVID-19 symptomatic and had to pre-register on the state department of health website.
70 year old Jack Harris from Scranton came to the site, hoping to be tested. If not today, in the near future.
“I came down because I haven’t been feeling good and I’m wondering if I’m carrying this thing and moving it around,” said Harris.
He was turned away.
“They told me I have to register online. I don’t know how to do that. I don’t have a computer, I know there are a lot of other people the same way,” he added.
Eyewitness News emailed a question about the online registration concerns to Dr. Rachel Levine, during her daily briefing on the COVID-19 crisis.
“Unfortunately if you don’t have access at all through smart phone or a computer, you don’t have an email address we don’t have an ability to register,” she responded.
And that is a problem that State Senator John Yudichak insists must be resolved. . And not just with regards to this testing site near the Mohegan Sun Arena.
“It’s simply unacceptable that in this day and age we could be excluding people from testing, especially our seniors who are most vulnerable,” Yudichak said.
Testing resumes tomorrow at 10am for people over 65 who are symptomatic. Testing will run from 10am to 4pm.
The Department of Health says testing will continue near the Mohegan Sun Arena for about 30 days.