The increase in new COVID-19 cases being reported here in Centre County is drawing increased attention nationwide. Its drawing added attention from the state Department Of Health and other agencies the DOH Keeping open their COVID-19 testing center at the Nittany Mall for the remainder of this week. So far more than a thousand people have been tested there.
“We are working with stakeholders in Centre County”
That was the state’s secretary of health last week county administrators this week telling us,they are getting a better overall look at the pandemic impact in the county
“We’re getting a more granular look at ages and zip codes that we can share with school districts and Penn State”
Many of the county’s new COVID-19 cases are tied to Penn State related cases. During a recent virtual town hall, university administrators saying their working with the health department despite some problems
“Some students are not following testing procedures,or getting tested elsewhere that makes it difficult for us in terms of treatment and mitigation procedures and contact tracing”
For several weeks now, Centre County has posted the state’s highest positivity rate in terms of new COVID-19 cases per population
That testing center will remain a first come first serve basis. Its a free service and you don’t need an appointment, but the DOH says if you do want to be tested bring either an ID card, or an Insurance card.