Penn State Health offering COVID-19 testing Downtown beginning Nov 4.

Penn State Health St. Joseph will offer COVID-19 testing from 1 to 4pm on Wednesdays beginning November 4th at its Downtown Campus at 145 N. 6th Street in Reading.

Patients who have been evaluated and given an order by a provider are eligible. No appointment is needed. Patients must present their doctor’s order, photo identification and insurance card, if applicable. They should enter the building at the Walnut Street entrance.

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St. Joseph also offers drive-thru COVID-19 testing from 8-3pm, Monday through Friday, in the parking lot near the Red Bridge Road entrance to its Bern Township campus at 2500 Bernville Road.

COVID-19 may cause a wide range of symptoms, which may appear two to 14 days after exposure to the virus, including:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

Most people develop a mild illness. Some, particularly people older than 60, people with underlying health problems and pregnant women, may experience more serious illness requiring hospital care.

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Penn State Health recommends that anyone who is concerned that they may have COVID-19 call their provider or the Pennsylvania Department of Health at 1-877-PA-HEALTH, before going to a clinic, urgent care center or emergency department.

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