Montco’s coronavirus testing site to start using self-swab kits

By KYW Newsradio 1060
EAGLEVILLE, Pa. (KYW Newsradio) — Montco’s community-based coronavirus testing site is scheduled to reopen on Thursday on the Montgomery County Community College’s Blue Bell campus. And this time, they’ll be using a new testing kit. 

The person getting tested will now be handed a testing kit and will swab his or her own nose.

“The person being tested will then place the swab into a tube for transport,” explained Montgomery County Commissioner Val Arkoosh.

The new kits mean less personal protective equipment (PPE) is needed for the workers administering the tests.

Arkoosh said data from the prior site on Temple University’s Ambler campus seems to show the peak of positive coronavirus cases was on April 5 and 6. Still, she said stay-at-home orders should not be lifted until there’s a significant increase in testing. 

“It is not time to take any risks or chances,” she said. “We’re just not there yet.”

If federal or state lawmakers order a re-opening, it’s not clear if the county could stop it.

Arkoosh noted the peak does not apply to nursing homes and long-term care facilities. About 70 of the county’s 109 deaths have been at nursing homes.

On Tuesday, officials announced 2,123 positive cases in the county since the start of the health crisis.