On a day in which Luzerne County saw a record number of new COVID-19 cases and deaths, the state department of health announced plans for a drive-thru testing site in the parking lot of Mohegan Sun Pocono casino in Plains Twp.
Testing will be available starting noon Friday and will follow a 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. schedule through Dec. 22.
Up to 450 patients can be tested per day. No appointment is necessary and testing is done on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Patients must be ages three and older and are not required to show symptoms of COVID-19 in order to be tested. Patients are encouraged to bring a photo-ID or insurance card. Registration will also be completed on-site. The turnaround time for testing results is two to seven days.
The casino is closed, as part of the state COVID-19 mitigation plan ordered by Gov. Tom Wolf last week.
COVID testing options
Patients who think they have symptoms of COVID-19 should call their primary care physician or call the Geisinger COVID-19 hotline at 570-284-3657 to learn more about symptoms or how to get tested.
In addition, Rite Aid, at 20 South River St. in Plains Twp., is providing tests. Patients must pre-register online at riteaid.com.