EXETER TWP., Pa. - Berks County residents in need of a COVID-19 test will soon have one more option.
A drive-thru testing site will open next week on the parking lot of the Walmart at 5900 Perkiomen Avenue in Exeter Township.
Walmart said the site is for anyone who meets CDC and state and local guidelines on who should be tested, including first responders, health care providers and others with symptoms of COVID-19 and those in high-risk groups without symptoms.
"Walmart is part of the community, and we are proud to help support the expansion of COVID-19 testing in Reading during this unprecedented time," said Jason Klipa, Walmart public affairs director for Pennsylvania. "We are grateful to our associates who keep our stores running, our pharmacists who support these testing sites, and to eTrueNorth and local officials as we work together to open the site and help our community."
The site will be open Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m., weather permitting, but because of Memorial Day next week, the site will be open Tuesday instead of Monday.
Those interested in being tested need to go online to see if they're eligible for testing and to schedule an appointment.
Questions about the coronavirus testing can be answered by calling 800-635-8611.
As of Friday afternoon, Berks County has had 3,838 positive cases of the coronavirus, according to Pennsylvania health officials. There have been 264 confirmed and 22 probable deaths due to COVID-19, with one death still pending test results, according to the coroner.