From Northampton County: Lamont McClure and Emergency Management Services are releasing the results from COVID-19 drive-through testing sites in Northampton County.
Wednesday, December 16, 2020
Covid-19 Tests Coming Back Positive in NorCo
The Department of Health sponsored AMI to hold a drive-through/walk-in COVID-19 testing site at the William Penn Park & Ride from December 2-6. The site tested people from Northampton County and surrounding areas. The positivity rate for Northampton County residents was 16%. The positivity rate for residents from Carbon, Lehigh and Monroe counties was 19%.
A drive-through testing site has been available at Coordinated Health at 3100 Emrick Blvd in Bethlehem Township since July. Currently, the positive rate for COVID-19 at that site is 14.6%.
“It’s clear that the Coronavirus is prevalent in our area which is concerning as we head into the holidays where people will be tempted to gather with their loved ones,” says Lamont McClure. “While a vaccine has been approved, it will be months before it becomes available to everyone. I encourage all Northampton County residents to continue to wear masks, socially distance and wash their hands frequently.”
A COVID-19 drive-through testing site is open at 3100 Emrick Blvd. Bethlehem Township, 18020. Hours of operation are Monday/Wednesday/Friday from 9:00AM – 4:00PM and Tuesday/Thursday from 11:00AM to 6:00PM. The site is open on every Saturday from 9:00AM – 12:00 Noon. The drive-through testing center is located in the parking area to the rear of the Coordinated Health Building and is separate from patient parking and routine patient care. The majority of patients tested at this site received their results in one-to-two days.
A Physician’s order is not required but, to be eligible for testing, individuals must report or display one or more CDC-recognized symptoms of COVID-19: fever, dry cough, shortness of breath, chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat or loss of taste and/or smell. The drive-through site is open to everyone, but only residents of Northampton County will receive a free test if they do not have health coverage. All testing will be through HNL Lab Medicine unless insurance requires an alternate laboratory. Participants should bring a photo ID and their insurance card, if they have one, with them to the testing site.