READING, Pa. - COVID-19 testing is becoming more widely available in Berks County, with Patient First now offering testing services for employers.
"We've been doing testing in the area since late April and May," said Ian Slinkman, Patient First's vice president of public relations.
Patient First in Spring Township is one of the locations expanding the COVID-19 testing to include employer-requested testing.
"We've been approached by a number of our occupational health clients who are interested in getting COVID-19 testing for their employees as a condition to return to work or even start work," said Slinkman.
Slinkman said it's an easy process, where the employer sets up an account and makes appointments for the workers to be tested. Then, the employees can drive up, get a nasal swab, and receive the results within two to five days.
"The test we have is the active virus test to tell whether you currently have a COVID-19 infection," said Slinkman.
Community testing is also becoming easier to get.
"Our goal is to give everyone who wants to get tested the access to do so," said Joni Young, the chief operating officer of Berks Community Health Center.
On June 1, the center's on Penn Street in downtown Reading started offering COVID-19 testing.
"We've been very busy," said Young. "Every day, our numbers are doubling, and I expect it to continue."
To schedule a COVID-19 test with Berks Community Health Center, call 610-988-4838, ext. 2031.
To schedule employer testing with Patient First, call Maria Chaya at 484-577-0734 or email her at Maria.firstname.lastname@example.org, or call Kristen Devaney at 717-968-9175 or email her at Kristen.email@example.com.
As of Thursday, Berks County has had 4,114 confirmed cases and 148 probable cases of the coronavirus, according to Pennsylvania health officials. More than 14,600 tests have been returned with negative results.
Also Thursday, the coroner reported that Berks has had 303 confirmed and 26 positive COVID-19 deaths.