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Laurel Health to Host COVID-19 Rapid Test Events November 16 & 23

 

By Kristy Warren

 

Make sure you're safe to gather for the Thanksgiving holiday with a COVID-19 rapid test! The Laurel Health Centers will hold two public COVID-19 rapid test events this November. These outreach events will be held in Elkland and Wellsboro, PA on November 16th and 23rd respectively:

 

  • Wednesday, November 16 from 9 am – 11 am in the Elkland Laurel Health Center's parking lot, located at 103 Forestview Drive in Elkland, PA. To pre-register, call 814-258-5117.


  • Wednesday, November 23 from 9 am – 11 am in the Wellsboro Laurel Health Center's parking lot, located at 7 Water St. in Wellsboro, PA. To pre-register, call 570-724-1010.

 

These events are open to everyone; you do not have to be an LHC patient to attend. Pre-registration is encouraged; walk-ins can be accommodated. To register, please call the corresponding health center above or 1-833-LAURELHC (1-833-528-7354) and select your preferred LHC location from the menu. 

 

NEED A TEST BUT CAN'T ATTEND AN EVENT?

 

You may request a test at the Laurel Health Center of your choice at any time. When requesting an individual testing appointment at our locations, you will first receive a telemedicine visit with an LHC provider so that 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. For a full list of LHC locations and corresponding contact numbers, click here.

 

COVID-19 & FLU VACCINES ARE AVAILABLE AT ALL LHC LOCATIONS

 

With flu, RSV, and COVID-19 circulating throughout the region, it's more important than ever to assure you and your family are protected.

 

Help stop the spread of illness and keep your family healthy this fall with these preventive tips: 

  • Frequently wash your hands with soap and warm water for a full 20 seconds. Hum "Happy Birthday" twice to make sure you're spending enough time at the sink. 


  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, mouth, or ears with unwashed hands. These are easy entry points for germs. 


  • Stay home when you feel unwell and keep your distance from others when you or they feel sick. If you're taking care of someone who is ill, do not share food / drinks / utensils, limit close contact, mask when in the same space, and wash your hands often. 


  • Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue or the crook of your elbow (not your hands). Throw the tissue away immediately and wash your hands. If you're on the go and don't have easy access to a sink, use hand sanitizer. Make sure to rub the sanitizer solution into your hands until they feel dry (15 - 20 seconds). 


  • Call your doctor if your condition is not improving or is getting worse over time.


  • Get vaccinated against COVID-19 and influenza (flu). Getting vaccinated against vaccine-preventable diseases is vital to keeping your family and community healthy. These vaccines teach your body how to better prepare for and fight off these illnesses. Vaccines can help you avoid getting sick, reduce symptom severity, speed up your recovery, and help protect extra vulnerable populations like seniors, young children, and cancer patients. 

 

The COVID-19 and flu vaccines provide safe, effective protection. Laurel Health's medical professionals strongly advise that everyone age six months and up be vaccinated against COVID-19 and flu to protect themselves, their loved ones, and their community. The vaccines reduce your risk of severe illness, hospitalization, and chronic complications.

 

Flu shots and COVID-19 vaccines are available for anyone aged six months and up. We provide vaccines at Laurel Pediatrics and all Laurel Health Center locations throughout Tioga and Bradford Counties, including booster shots and pediatric vaccine. 

 

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. Laurel Health administers Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines

 

To schedule a COVID-19 vaccine or flu vaccine, call the Laurel Health office of your choice or 1-833-LAURELHC (1-833-528-7354) and select an LHC location from the menu. For a full list of LHC locations and numbers, click here. You may also sign up for a COVID-19 vaccine using our online portal: click here to sign up for a COVID-19 vaccine online.  

 

For more information about COVID-19 testing, vaccines, and prevention, click here to visit our COVID-19 resources and education page

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