New COVID-19 testing site in Lackawanna County

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DICKSON CITY, LACKAWANNA COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) — If you live in or near Lackawanna County and are in need of a COVID-19 test, help is on the way. A drive-thru and outdoor COVID-19 testing clinic is on its way to Lackawanna County.

“We are absolutely in the eye of a second surge,” said Dr. Linda Thomas-Hemak, CEO of The Wright Center.

The number of COVID-19 cases are rising in Pennsylvania. Lackawanna County’s positivity rate jumped over two percent from last week, promoting the new testing site.

“This is free testing that is paid by the state. If you have insurance, the insurance company, for the most part, pays for the test,” said Dr. Jorge Simental, clinical director of testing and vaccines.

The new site is at the parking lot of the old K-Mart in Dickson City. Anyone over the age of 3 years old can be tested there from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. starting Saturday. You do not need to have symptoms. They say anyone who wants to get tested before the holidays should get tested.

“We just want to make sure the people can go over there. The state gives us a requirement or a limit we can do per day. At the moment it is 440 people that we can do very easily in a day,” said Dr. Simental.

Though their capacity is hundreds of people, it is first-come, first-serve. So if you want to get tested, get there early. In the meantime, do your part.

“Hand washing, masking, social distancing and limiting the size of our gatherings. And, most importantly, if you are symptomatic, actually getting testing,” said Dr. Thomas-Hemak.

But don’t forget to take a breath because she says we really are all in this together.

“It is important that we stay calm, we stay connected, we stay logical, we stay together. And I do think that we need to stay hopeful because I do think a vaccine is coming and the pediatrician in me is very hopeful about that.”

Hopeful for a light at the end of the tunnel. To get the latest on coronavirus news, check out our coronavirus category.

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