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HARRISBURG, DAUPHIN COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) — On Tuesday, Division of Well being Senior Advisor on COVID-19 Response Lindsey Mauldin held a press convention to debate COVID-19 testing in Pennsylvania.
“Regardless of the variety of circumstances rising, we’re seeing the demand for testing lower. We have to redouble efforts to extend the usage of testing at the same time as we ramp up the vaccination course of,” Mauldin stated.
Based on the Division of Well being press launch, the division believes that elevated testing will help in figuring out the prevalence of the virus and help counties of concern, recognized as these with % positives above 5 %, to maneuver ahead.
“Testing initiatives for Ok-12 colleges are being prioritized subsequent. In the meantime, the division of well being responded promptly to a COVID outbreak in Susquehanna County final month by sending AMI to 4 totally different faculty districts to comprise the unfold.”
The division has been contracting with AMI to carry out pop-up COVID-19 testing in counties throughout the state utilizing funds by the federal Epidemiology and Laboratory Capability (ELC) Enhancing Detection grant.
Mauldin additionally referred to as out Luzerne County particularly throughout the convention.
“Luzerne County testing websites have been distinctive in that almost all of websites deal with bringing testing into high-rise senior dwelling communities. These high-rise websites have been arrange since March 9 to make testing accessible for seniors who don’t drive or don’t have entry to transportation.”
Whereas vaccine distribution stays restricted, the Division of Well being encourages the commonwealth to proceed testing whereas COVID remains to be broadly outstanding.