Allegheny County opening free COVID-19 testing site

Free coronavirus testing heading to the Mon Valley

ALLEGHENY CO., Pa. — Allegheny County health officials announced Wednesday they are opening a free COVID-19 testing site next week in McKeesport.

The testing site, located at 455 Industry Road, will begin public testing on Sept. 15 at 10 a.m. Health Department Director Dr. Debra Bogen said during a press conference that funding provided by the CARES Act was allocated by Pa. so that these tests will be free of charge, with no insurance required.

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The new testing site is a drive-thru and by appointment only, using “self-administered tests."

According to health officials, those eligible for testing at the McKeesport site must meet one of the following criteria:

  • Have symptoms of COVID-19
  • Have been in contact with someone that has COVID-19
  • Work in a nursing home or long-term care facility
  • Are a critical infrastructure worker, health care worker, or first responder;
  • Are a high-risk patient and have recently attended a gathering of 10 or more people;
  • Live in a shelter or single room occupancy

You don’t have to be a resident of Allegheny County to register for a test, and you can register online or by calling to schedule a next-day appointment.

Appointments will be accepted starting Sept. 14, and an email address is required for online registration.

Officials said the online registration site and phone registration information is being finalized and will be provided as the date of the opening gets closer.

Due to the limited test kits available, only 250 appointments are open each day. The site will conduct testing daily, Monday through Friday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

According to health officials, testing is prioritized for persons who work or live in Allegheny County. Any person age 3 or older can be tested provided that they meet the required criteria. Instructions will be given at the site on how to administer your own test.

Test results will be available within approximately 48 hours after testing.

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