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Four Drive-Up Coronavirus Testing Sites Opening In West PA

Patch logo Patch 3/18/2020 Eric Heyl
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PITTSBURGH, PA - Highmark Health and the Allegheny Health Network are opening four drive-up collection sites for coronavirus testing, with the first debuting Wednesday in the parking garage adjacent to the health network's Wexford Health + Wellness pavilion. The other sites will open within the next week.

The sites will be located at:

  • AHN Wexford Health + Wellness Pavilion, 12311 Perry Highway, Wexford, PA 15090
  • 4220 William Penn Highway, Monroeville, PA 15146

The sites will be open from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. and can accommodate 20 patients per hour.

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Only patients who have been previously evaluated by an Allegheny Health Network-affiliated

health care provider for COVID-19 symptoms and who have a valid prescription order from their clinicians will be tested at the drive-up collection sites at this time. On-demand or walk-up testing is not available.

To obtain a test order, the network is encouraging patients – especially those with COVID-19 or flu-like symptoms, such as fever, cough, and shortness of breath – to utilize AHN’s various online or phone hotline options to minimize exposure to others.

Here's how the testing will work:

Visitors will be given a specific appointment window, in order to minimize wait times.

Visitors will drive through a secured, marked area and will remain in their vehicles throughout the entire collection process. No outdoor restrooms will available at the collection locations.

The sample is collected via a nasal swab; the process typically takes less than 30 seconds.

The sample will be tested for influenza as well as the novel coronavirus.

Individuals will be contacted directly with their flu results within 24 hours. If the sample tests negative for influenza, the sample will also be tested for the coronavirus, a process that typically takes 2-3 days, depending on regional test volume. As volumes increase, wait times for results may be longer.

While waiting for their test results, individuals should stay at home. Those who receive positive COVID-19 test results may be issued additional care orders or self-isolation orders.

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