Elkland, Troy Health Centers to Host Covid Rapid Testing Events This Month | Health

To meet ongoing community needs, Laurel Health Centers will be hosting public COVID-19 rapid testing events at Elkland and Troy in March. Pre-registration is required.

Laurel Health Centers will conduct rapid COVID-19 tests Thursday, March 10 from 9-11 a.m. in the Elkland United Methodist Church parking lot at 120 N. Buffalo St., Elkland, and Thursday, March 24 from 9-11 a.m. in the Fellowship Bible Church parking lot at 121 Mud Creek Road, Troy.

To register, call 1-833-LAURELHC (1-833-528-7354) and select an LHC location from the menu. To help manage call volumes, any of Laurel Health Center’s seven sites can schedule patients for these events.

If unable to attend a public event, patients can call to schedule an individual test at the LHC location of their choice.

COVID-19 continues to spread throughout the region. The best way to reduce the risk of serious illness is to get vaccinated against COVID-19. Vaccines are safe, effective and free.

Laurel Health healthcare professionals strongly advise that everyone 5 years of age and older be vaccinated against COVID-19 to protect themselves, their loved ones and their community from serious illness, hospitalization and death.

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COVID-19 vaccines are available at all Laurel Health Centers in Tioga and Bradford counties, including booster shots and the pediatric vaccine.

Laurel Health provides Moderna and Pfizer vaccines for ages 18 and older, Pfizer approved vaccine dosage for ages 12-17, and Pfizer pediatric vaccine for ages 5-11.

Patients should always receive a COVID-19 vaccine even if they have had COVID-19 before, as current studies indicate that vaccines provide 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 vaccine more than two months ago are advised to receive a COVID-19 booster shot to boost and extend vaccine protection.

To register for a public rapid test event or schedule a COVID-19 vaccine, call 1-833-LAURELHC (1-833-528-7354) and select an LHC location from the menu. For more information on COVID-19 testing and prevention, visit Laurel Health’s COVID-19 resource page at laurelhc.org.

Maria J. Book