Begin Main Content Area

​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.

All testing sites will be closed on Saturday, May 28 and Monday, May 30 in observance of the Memorial Day holiday.

Berks County
Testing is available from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday through Sept. 9 at the parking lot of Direct Link Technologies, 2561 Bernville Road, Reading, PA, 19605. Note, enter the parking lot from Van Reed Road.   

Blair County
Testing is available from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday through Sept. 9 at the Blair County CBTs, 2612 Pleasant Valley Boulevard, Altoona, PA 16602. 

Centre County 
Testing in Centre County will be available Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. from April 29 through Aug. 31 at 219 S. Water Street, Bellefonte, PA 16823. 

Clarion County 
Testing will be available from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday from May 9 through Sept. 9 at Clarion University, 840 Wood Street, Clarion, PA 16214. Note, take East Wood Street, left onto Arnold Drive, take first right in between Eagle Commons and Carrier Hall, using Lot H parking. 

Clinton County  
Testing is available Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. now through Sept. 9 at the Parsons Union Building (PUB), 650 Railroad St, Lock Haven, PA, 17745.    

Erie County  
Testing is available Monday and Wednesday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. through Sept. 9 at the Edinboro University Community Testing Dearborn Hall 205 Darrow Road Edinboro, PA 16444.

Washington County 
Testing will be available from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday from May 9 through Sept. 9 at California University, 740 Orchard Street, California, PA 15419.

How to Get Tested

  • No appointment is necessary
  • Register on site
  • Bring a photo-ID
  • 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.
    • You will be asked to blow your nose and discard the tissues in a plastic bag.
    • Test site staff will swab the inside of each nostril.
  • 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 5/18/2022