BERN TWP., Pa. - People who have been ordered by a doctor to be tested for the coronavirus can now comply without even having to get out of their car.
Penn State Health St. Joseph announced Thursday that it has opened a drive-thru testing site on the medical center's campus off Route 183 in Bern Township.
"This is not a random screening," said Jeffrey Held, the hospital's vice president of medical affairs. "It does require prescription from your doctor, someone to follow up on the results."
The drive-thru site is open Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The testing is free and available to patients of any age. They will be asked to present their doctor's order, photo identification and insurance card.
The test involves a nasal swab, and results come back in a few days.
Penn State Health said it recommends that people with concerns that they may have COVID-19 call their provider or the Pennsylvania Department of Health at 877-PA-HEALTH, before going to a clinic, urgent care center or emergency department.
So far, only one positive case of COVID-19 has been reported in Berks County, according to the state health department. Statewide, there are 185 cases. More than 1,600 people have tested negative for the virus.