Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health has begun expanding its COVID-19 testing capabilities to the health system’s extensive network of primary care, urgent care, and laboratory locations.
Beginning June 9, COVID-19 testing will be offered at the LG Health Downtown Pavilion at 540 N. Duke St., conveniently located in downtown Lancaster across the street from Lancaster General Hospital. Testing will be available at this location for patients with COVID-19 symptoms on weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., and weekday evenings and weekends at Duke Street Urgent Care. A doctor’s appointment and order is required.
The Clipper Magazine Stadium testing site at 650 N. Prince St, Lancaster, will close at 5 p.m. Monday, June 8. The hours for the drive-through testing site at the Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences remain unchanged.
"We created the community testing sites to temporarily meet testing needs during the local increase of COVID-19 cases," said Dr. Michael Ripchinski, LG Health Chief Clinical Officer. "LG Health is transitioning to a longer-term plan of using our 32 primary-care, seven urgent-care, and 15 lab locations for testing."
Approximately 30 patients a day have been tested at the Clipper Magazine location for the past two weeks. The transition from the temporary tent to the LG Health Downtown Pavilion will allow the health system to continue COVID-19 testing in Lancaster City.
"We are grateful for our LG Health teams and the partnership from the Lancaster Barnstormers and Clipper Magazine Stadium organization and staff," said Ripchinski. "All of their support and operational expertise helped organize a complex effort in a very short amount of time."
A provider order is required to receive a COVID-19 test. Patients experiencing COVID-19 symptoms should continue to call their primary-care provider to determine if an appointment should be scheduled for further symptom assessment, or an order should be placed for a test. Primary- and urgent-care staff have established safety processes to minimize the risk of exposure.
Individuals who do not have a health-care provider with LG Health should call one of the health system’s seven urgent care locations or schedule a Penn Medicine OnDemand video appointment.
LG Health has tested over 15,000 people since opening the community testing sites.
Click here for additional information about LG Health COVID-19 testing.