Community-based testing site in Blue Bell closes as more walk-up sites open across Montco

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By KYW Newsradio 1060
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — After conducting more than 11,000 tests for the coronavirus, the community-based testing site on the Montgomery County Community College campus in Blue Bell will shut down on Tuesday. 

Federal funding has come to an end for the site — not a surprise for Montgomery County Commissioner Dr. Val Arkoosh. She said they’ve been expecting it since the testing site moved there in mid-April.

On July 6, the county will open more walk-up sites, similar to the ones currently in Norristown and Pottstown. The county will use federal CARES Act money to pay for them.

The sites will be available at no cost, though insurance will be charged if available. Locations of these sites will be announced later this week.

Tests will not require a health provider’s order, meaning anyone who wants to get tested can for any reason — whether someone simply wants peace of mind, is planning to visit an elderly or at-risk relative, or just wants to be safe.

Please get tested,” Arkoosh said. “The more people that get tested, the more that we know, and the more we can keep this virus at the lowest possible levels here in our county.”

More than a dozen CVS or Rite Aid stores across Montgomery County also offer testing for people 18 and older.