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​COVID-19 Public Testing Information

No appointment is necessary. Testing is on a first-come, first-serve basis and is completely free to all patients. Patients must be ages three and older and are not required to show symptoms of COVID-19 in order to be tested. Up to 450 patients can be tested per day. Mid-nasal passage swab PCR tests will be performed. Patients are encouraged to bring a photo-ID. Registration will also be completed on-site. The turnaround time for testing results is two to seven days after testing.

Testing Schedule - Centre County

Time

  • 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM

Dates

  • Daily: Tuesday - Saturday (September 1 - October 31)

Location

The testing site address for the indoor walk-in testing site is:

  • Nittany Mall, Sears Auto Center, 183 Shiloh Road, State College, PA, 16801

Testing Schedule - HACC, Central Pennsylvania's Community College

Time

  • 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM

Dates

  • Daily: Tuesday - Saturday (September 14-25)

Location

The testing site address for the testing site is:

  • HACC’s Harrisburg Campus - One HACC Drive, Harrisburg, PA, 17110


How to Get Tested

  • No appointment is necessary
  • Register on site
  • Bring a photo-ID and insurance card
  • Patients are not required to show symptoms of COVID-19 in order to be tested -- anyone can get tested

COVID-19 Symptoms

Symptoms of COVID-19 may appear in as few as two days or as long as 14 days after exposure. Symptoms include:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Diarrhea
  • Chills
  • Repeated shaking with chills
  • Muscle pain
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • New loss of taste or smell

If you develop any of these emergency warning signs for COVID-19, get medical attention immediately.

  • Emergency warning signs for COVID-19 include:
    • Trouble breathing: gasping for air or cannot talk without catching your breath, unable to speak full sentences
    • Coughing up blood (more than about 1 teaspoon)
    • Bluish lips or face
    • Severe and constant pain or pressure in the chest
    • Severe and constant dizziness or lightheadedness, too weak to stand
    • Acting confused (new or worsening)
    • Unconscious or very difficult to wake up
    • Slurred speech (new or worsening)
    • New seizure or seizures that won't stop
    • This list is not all inclusive. Please consult your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning to you.
  • Call 911 if you have a medical emergency: Notify the operator that you have, or think you might have, COVID-19. If possible, put on a cloth face covering before medical help arrives.

Testing Process

  • At the testing site:
    • You will be asked to show your photo ID and insurance card.
    • You will be asked to blow your nose and discard the tissues in a plastic bag.
    • Test site staff will hand you a test swab.
    • You will swab the inside of each nostril and carefully return the swab to the test-site staff.
  • The turnaround time for testing results is two to seven days after testing.
  • Individuals who are tested should self-isolate while they await test results. For those individuals who live with other people, they should self-isolate in a private room and use a private bathroom if possible. Whoever else lives in the home with the individual awaiting test results should also stay at home. View COVID-19 Patient Instructions for Self Isolation While Awaiting Lab Results (PDF).

How to Manage Symptoms at Home


Questions? Call 1-877-PA-HEALTH (1-877-724-3258)

Updated 9/15/2021