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Laurel Health will hold a public Coronavirus (COVID-19) rapid testing event Jan 10, 2022

Laurel Health to Host COVID-19 Rapid Testing Event Jan. 10


By Kristy Warren


To address ongoing community need, the Laurel Health Centers will hold a COVID-19 rapid test event next Monday, January 10 from 9 am – 11 am in Beiter's parking lot, located at 1442 South Main Street in Mansfield, PA. Attendees must pre-register by calling 1-833-LAURELHC (1-833-528-7354).


Anyone who thinks they may have been exposed to Coronavirus COVID-19 or is currently experiencing COVID-19 symptoms is encouraged to sign up. This public rapid testing event is open to everyone; you do not have to be a Laurel Health patient to attend. 


If you need a COVID-19 test but cannot attend this public event, call 1-833-LAURELHC (1-833-528-7354) to request a test at the LHC location of your choice. Note: When requesting an individual testing appointment at our locations, you will receive a telemedicine visit with an LHC provider prior to testing so the provider can accurately evaluate your symptoms / exposure and determine which type of test should be ordered (e.g., point-of-care rapid test or PCR swab) as well as when it should be conducted.


COVID-19 cases are surging in Tioga County. The best way to protect yourself is to schedule your COVID-19 vaccine. The vaccines are safe and effective. Laurel Health's medical professionals strongly advise that everyone 5 and up be vaccinated against COVID-19 as soon as possible to protect themselves, their loved ones, and their community against severe illness, hospitalization, and death caused by the increasingly dangerous COVID-19 variants. 


Getting vaccinated against COVID-19 is the key to truly getting back to normal. The vaccine teaches your body how to recognize, prepare for, and fight off the virus more effectively, nearly eliminating the recipient’s risk of developing serious illness, chronic long-haul symptoms, hospitalization, or death. What's more, the vaccine helps protect the recipient and those around them because once enough of the community is vaccinated, it becomes much more difficult for the virus to spread widely, develop new mutated strains like Delta and Omicron, and harm loved ones. 


Laurel Health provides all three Coronavirus COVID-19 vaccines (Pfizer, Moderna, and Janssen) at their locations throughout Tioga and Bradford Counties, including booster shots, pediatric Pfizer vaccine for those aged 5 – 11, the Pfizer vaccine dosage approved for those aged 12 – 17, and Pfizer, Moderna, or Johnson & Johnson's Janssen vaccine for everyone 18 and up.


Patients should still receive a COVID-19 vaccine even if they’ve previously had COVID-19, as studies indicate the vaccines confer stronger, broader, and longer-lasting protection than naturally acquired immunity. Patients who received their Pfizer or Moderna vaccine series more than six months ago or their J&J shot more than two months ago are advised to receive a COVID-19 booster shot to bolster and extend vaccine protection.  


For a full list of LHC locations and numbers, click here. To learn more about COVID-19 testing and prevention, click here to visit our COVID-19 resources and education page