HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) — Governor Wolf and Director of Testing Michael Huff held a virtual press conference today to provide an update and make an announcement on COVID-19 testing.
They encouraged Pennsylvanians to stay vigilant and continue taking precautions to keep themselves safe. Additionally, Wolf and Huff announced a contract extension between the state Department of Health and AMI Expeditionary Healthcare to provide COVID-19 testing in five regions across the Commonwealth.
“To help stop the spread, we are announcing a new testing strategy in the commonwealth, one that will help improve access to testing for Pennsylvanians in every region of the state,” Gov. Wolf said.
Governor Wolf explained that five strike teams will provide regional testing in 61 counties over the next 12 weeks. Counties that are not receiving resources from AMI already have county health departments providing other means to combat the spread of COVID-19.
The state health department determined where the new testing locations would be based off of total number of cases per 100,000 people in a county within the past 14 days. Other factors were also taken into account.
Counties of concern, identified as those with percent positives above 5 percent, can be found on the Early Warning Monitoring Dashboard.
Pennsylvania has seen a large spike in COVID-19 cases, and the testing process has been ramped up to try to meet the demand for tests.
The press conference will be streamed live on this page at 2:00 PM today.