Important Information About COVID-19
Penn State Health is committed to keeping the public informed and helping people find the most up-to-date, reliable information about COVID-19.
COVID-19 Updates at Penn State Health
For updated information from Penn State Health about COVID-19, visit our Newsroom by clicking on the link below.
OnDemand COVID-19 screening
Free virtual screenings for COVID-19 are available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. through our telehealth service, Penn State Health OnDemand. Anyone with concerns that they may have COVID-19 may use Penn State Health OnDemand to talk directly with a provider who can evaluate their symptoms and make care recommendations. Download the app, enrollment is free.
When to seek care
If you are experiencing symptoms below, have been in close contact with an individual that has COVID-19 or is suspected of having COVID-19, and you think you need to be tested for COVID-19, please call your health care provider before visiting their office. You may also use Penn State Health OnDemand to meet with a provider virtually.
The CDC reports that people with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms, ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. These symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure:
- Fever or chills
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle or body aches
- New loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat
- Congestion or runny rose
- Nausea or vomiting
Having one or more of these symptoms does not necessarily mean you have the illness. It is often difficult to tell the difference between COVID-19 and other illnesses, such as the flu.
Symptomatic COVID-19 testing locations
Patients should reach out to their primary care provider or use Penn State Health OnDemand to discuss symptoms and determine whether they need testing.
Each of the following Penn State Health locations offer symptomatic COVID-19 testing by appointment only. A copay will be collected at the appointment. Unless otherwise noted, testing hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
- Penn State Health Medical Group - All About Children
655 Walnut St., Reading
- Penn State Health Medical Group - Downtown Pediatrics
145 N. 6th St., 2nd Floor, Reading
- Penn State Health Medical Group - Downtown Family Practice
145 N. 6th St., 2nd Floor, Reading
- Penn State Health - Exeter Ridge Family Practice
3970 Perkiomen Ave., Reading
Penn State Health St. Joseph
Penn State Health St. Joseph offers COVID-19 testing at two urgent care sites and its Downtown Campus. Patients will remain in their cars for testing at the two new locations.
Located throughout Berks County, the alternate testing sites offer expanded hours of operation:
- Penn State Health St. Joseph Urgent Care - Maidencreek
108 Plaza Drive, Suite 101, Blandon
Monday-Friday: 1-7 p.m.
Saturday-Sunday: 8 a.m.-2 p.m.
- Penn State Health St. Joseph Urgent Care - Strausstown
44 East Ave., Strausstown
Monday-Friday: 7 a.m.-7 p.m.
Saturday-Sunday, 8 a.m.-2 p.m.
- Penn State Health St. Joseph - Downtown Campus
145 N. 6th St., Reading
Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 1-4 p.m.
- Penn State Health Medical Group - Camp Hill
3025 Market St., Camp Hill
- Penn State Health Medical Group - Camp Hill Family Medicine
890 Poplar Church Road, Camp Hill
- Penn State Health Medical Group - Camp Hill Urgent Care
431 N. 21st St., Ste. 100, Camp Hill
- Penn State Health Medical Group - Carlisle Urgent Care
1211 Forge Road, Ste. 500, Carlisle
- Penn State Health Medical Group - East Pennsboro
1800 Center St., Ste. 1A100, Camp Hill
- Penn State Health Medical Group - Pennsboro Commons Primary Care, Lab and Pediatrics
310 E. Penn Drive, Enola
- Penn State Health Medical Group - Mechanicsburg
140 Old Willow Mill Road, Mechanicsburg
- Penn State Health Silver Creek Outpatient Center Primary Care
355 Lambs Gap Road, Mechanicsburg
- Penn State Health Carlisle Outpatient Center Primary Pediatrics and Pediatrics
340 York Road, Carlisle
- Penn State Health Cocoa Outpatient Center
1150 Cocoa Ave., Hershey
- Penn State Health Medical Group - Colonial Park Primary Care
4320 Crums Mill Road, Ste. 100, Harrisburg
- Penn State Health Medical Group - Fishburn Road Specialties
845 Fishburn Road, Hershey
- Penn State Health Medical Group - Harrisburg
2626 N. 3rd St., Harrisburg
- Penn State Health Medical Group - Middletown
3100 Schoolhouse Road, Middletown
- Penn State Health Medical Group - Nyes Road Family Practice I
121 Nyes Road, Harrisburg
- Penn State Health Pediatrics
35 Hope Drive, Suite 102, Hershey
- Penn State Health Medical Group - Cornerstone Family Health
6 W. Newport Road, Lititz
- Penn State Health Medical Group - Eastbrook
29 Eastbrook Drive, Ronks
- Penn State Health Medical Group - Elizabethtown
1 Continental Drive, Elizabethtown
- Penn State Health Medical Group - Kissel Hill
116 W. Airport Road, Lititz
- Penn State Health Medical Group - Lime Spring Outpatient Center
2221 Noll Drive, Lancaster
- Penn State Health Lime Spring Outpatient Center - Hematology/Oncology
2221 Noll Drive, Ste. B100, Lancaster
- Penn State Health Medical Group - Manor
16A Manor Ave., Millersville
- Penn State Health Medical Group - Mount Joy
201 Lefever Road, Mount Joy
- Penn State Health Medical Group - Prospect
3985 Columbia Ave., Unit 8, Columbia
- Penn State Health Medical Group - South Lancaster
2605 Willow Street Pike N., Willow Street
- Penn State Health Medical Group - Duncannon Outpatient Center Primary Care
51 Business Campus Way. Ste. 200, Duncannon
- Penn State Health Medical Group - Marysville Primary Care
211 Broad St., Marysville
- Penn State Health Dillsburg Outpatient Center Primary Care
126 W. Church St., Ste. 200, Dillsburg
Penn State Health augments financial services for patients
Penn State Health has enhanced its financial counseling services to help families navigate the ongoing challenges presented by COVID-19. Financial counselors and customer service representatives are available to assist patients and consumers with a variety of new and existing programs.
Penn State Health has revised its patient visitation guidelines. (As of 9/13/2021)
How Penn State Health is Managing COVID-19
- With guidance from our emergency special pathogens team, Penn State Health has been able to effectively manage patients with special illnesses while safeguarding other patients, hospital visitors, health care workers and the community at large.
- Screenings remain are in place for all intake staff to identify higher risk patients.
- If a patient tests positive for the illness, the appropriate protocols are followed, including approved rooms dedicated for COVID-19 admissions.
What the Public Should Do
- Vaccination is the best way to protect yourself against COVID-19, and protect against developing serious complications if you do get it. Anyone who has yet to get vaccinated can sign-up at vaccine-scheduler.pennstatehealth.org or call 844-774-8883 to schedule an appointment, including same-day appointments.
- Regardless of your vaccination status, do not go to work if you are sick.
- If you are sick or have been in contact with someone suspected of having COVID-19, call your health care provider for recommendations on how best to be evaluated. Do not go to a hospital, urgent care site, or outpatient clinic without calling ahead to report your concerns about possibly having COVID-19.
- If you are not yet fully vaccinated, continue to cover your nose and mouth with a mask when around others and social distance.
- Free virtual screenings for COVID-19 are available Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. through our telehealth service, Penn State Health OnDemand.
For more information about symptoms, illness severity, treatment, vaccination efforts and current CDC travel warnings, visit the CDC website.