The free COVID-19 testing clinic in Centre County will continue through the end of May at a new location.
Beginning Tuesday and continuing through May 29, the clinic will operate at the Centre County Recycling & Refuse Authority Interpretive Center, 253 Transfer Road, Bellefonte, the Pennsylvania Department of Health announced on Saturday.
The clinic had been at the Patton Township Municipal Building from March 30 through Saturday.
The new location will be an outdoor walk-up site. Hours will remain the same: 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.
Testing is open to anyone age 3 or older on a first-come, first-served basis. No appointment is required and patients do not need to have COVID-19 symptoms to get tested. Patients are encouraged to bring a photo ID.
Up to 450 people per day can be tested. Mid-nasal passage swab PCR tests are performed and turnaround time for results is one to three days after testing.
AMI Expeditionary Health Care will continue administering the tests under a contract with the health department.
The Centre County site is one of five AMI COVID-19 free testing clinics in Pennsylvania, along with those in Delaware, Monroe and Northampton counties and one opening Monday in Luzerne County.
Centre County has had free COVID-19 testing for most of the past seven months.
DOH sponsored free testing outside the Nittany Mall from Sept. 25-Oct. 3.
Using a portion of its CARES Act block grant funds, the county subsequently contracted with AMI to continue free testing beginning on Oct. 26, first inside the mall before moving in January to the former Comcast building at 1155 Benner Pike.
On March 25, two days before the county’s last contract with AMI expired, DOH announced it would sponsor a long-term free walk-in clinic in Centre County.
During the five months the clinic was sponsored by the county, it administered about 13,000 tests.