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Nittany Mall Testing Center

In Centre County, efforts are underway to re-open a free, COVID-19 testing site.

Several thousand people were tested at a similar site just a few weeks ago.

Centre County has been labeled a statewide, even nationwide, hotspot in terms of the increase in COVID-19 cases, although that increase has fallen off somewhat.

Thursday morning, county administrators confirmed they’re moving ahead with plans to reopen a free testing site at the Nittany Mall parking lot

The previous site at the mall drew over 2,500 people to be tested for Coronavirus and officials say the location is ideal as it sits between the State College and Bellefonte areas population centers.

That site though, was operated by the state Department of Health.

The new one would be a county operation set up for a 21-day testing schedule at a cost of $240,000. The county plans to use federal CARES Act funding to pay the costs.

Earlier this week, while visiting Penn State, a White House Coronavirus expert, Dr. Deborah Birx, said more testing is crucial in understanding the impact of more positive cases.

The site would not only feature free COVID-19 tests, but also wouldn’t require a doctor’s clearance to be tested.

It’s anticipated the new testing site will be in operation later this month through much of Nov.

County administrators hope to finalize plans for the Nittany Mall testing site at a meeting next week.

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