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Pennsylvania Surpasses Average National Testing Rate, According to White House Task Force Report

01/08/2021

Harrisburg, PA - The Department of Health today highlighted that Pennsylvania is above the average national testing rate as noted in the White House Task Force Weekly Report dated January 3.

According to the report, Pennsylvania was at the yellow level for number of tests performed per 100,000 people for the previous week. The yellow level is 2,000 to 2,999 tests per 100,000 population.

Director of Testing and Contact Tracing Michael Huff reported that to date, the department collected results from 8,466,597 COVID-19 PCR and antigen tests statewide. Over the past 30 days, the department reported an average of 55,208 PCR tests and 14,421 antigen tests daily, for a total of nearly 69,629 tests each day on average.

“We want Pennsylvanians to know that if they need a test, one is available,” Sec. of Health Dr. Rachel Levine said. “This week, we have added five free testing sites and will continue to expand testing opportunities across the state weekly. As COVID-19 remains a threat in our communities, we need to take precautions to keep ourselves safe by monitoring ourselves for COVID-19 symptoms, finding a testing site near to us if we have symptoms and staying home if we are sick.”

In partnership with AMI Expeditionary Healthcare (AMI), Pennsylvania offers COVID-19 testing over the next 12 weeks as five strike teams will provide regional testing for 61 counties. The six counties not receiving testing from AMI have county health departments providing other means of COVID-19 testing.

The county pop-up testing sites are open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. All tests are free and are on a first-come, first-served basis. The department provides an update each week regarding the testing locations for the following week.

The White House Report also noted that Pennsylvania has seen a decrease in new cases and a decrease in test positivity. Pennsylvania had 392 new cases per 100,000 population, compared to a national average of 413 per 100,000. According to the report, Pennsylvania’s percent positivity is at a rate at or above 10.1%, or the 21st highest rate in the country.

Learn more about testing and find a map of COVID-19 testing sites here.

You can find the weekly White House Task Force Reports available on the department’s website here.

The Wolf Administration stresses the role Pennsylvanians play in helping to reduce the spread of COVID-19:

  • Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
  • Cover any coughs or sneezes with your elbow, not your hands.
  • Clean surfaces frequently.
  • Stay home to avoid spreading COVID-19, especially if you are unwell.
  • If you must go out, you are required to wear a mask when in a business or where it is difficult to maintain proper social distancing.
  • Download the COVID Alert PA app and make your phone part of the fight. The free app can be found in the Google Play Store and the Apple App Store by searching for “covid alert pa”.

Updated Coronavirus Links: Press Releases, State Lab Photos, Graphics

MEDIA CONTACT: April Hutcheson - RA-DHpressoffice@pa.gov

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