NORRISTOWN — Montgomery County officials plan to make more COVID-19 tests available at some of the county-run testing sites in November, including in Lansdale and Norristown.

“We’re actively planning to increase the testing capacity at our four busiest locations, which are Lansdale, Willow Grove, Norristown and Lower Merion, to 75 tests per day in early November. We will announce that as soon as that is finalized,” county Commissioners’ Chairwoman Dr. Valerie Arkoosh said during a news briefing this week.

Currently, each of the six county-run testing sites offers 50 coronavirus tests per day, for a total of 300 tests. Increasing capacity at the four sites would push the daily testing capacity at the county sites to 400 tests.

“We continue to have good availability of testing,” Arkoosh assured residents. “I want to urge anyone who wants or needs to be tested to get tested. The more we’re able to test our community, whether you have symptoms or not, the more we will know what is happening across the county and be able to quickly suppress any outbreaks.”

More people in the county do appear to be taking advantage of testing opportunities for the virus. Officials reported that for the 14-day period ending Oct. 9, there were 28,344 county residents tested for COVID-19, an increase of 2,995 people tested, compared to the 14-day period ending Oct. 2.

“That’s very positive news, from my perspective. I’m so pleased to see so many people getting tested,” Arkoosh said.

Officials said testing continues to be available for all county residents and those who work in the county and want or need to be tested. The county has established outdoor walk-up testing sites in Pottstown, Norristown, Lansdale, Willow Grove, Ardmore and Green Lane to accommodate those who want to be tested Monday through Friday.

The six county-run sites provide self-administered tests at no cost, although insurance will be billed if you have it.

“It is the county sites that will provide the testing at no cost. There is no guarantee that any other location, including the commercial drug stores, will provide this test at no cost. It really depends upon your insurance,” Arkoosh said.

“At a county site we will bill your insurance if you have it. But if your insurance company refuses to pay for it, we will cover the cost and you will not be billed,” Arkoosh added.

Those who want to be tested at a county site do not need a prescription or order from a health care provider. Residents can be tested whether or not they have symptoms of COVID-19.

The sites do require an appointment for testing. To register for a test at any of the six county sites, residents can visit www.montcopa.org/COVID-19 and click on the county testing information button. Residents can also register for a test at any of the six sites by calling 610-970-2937.

That phone number as well as the online registration will open at 8:30 a.m. daily.

In Pottstown, the testing site is located at the county’s Office of Public Health Pottstown Health Center at 364 King St. Testing is available by appointment Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from noon to 2 p.m. and on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

In Norristown, a testing site is located on the parking lot of the Delaware Valley Community Health Norristown Regional Health Center at 1401 DeKalb St. Testing is available Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 10 a.m. to noon, and on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

In Lansdale, a testing site is located at 421 Main St. and is open Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. and on Tuesdays and Thursdays from noon to 2 p.m.

Another testing site is located at Deep Creek and Snyder roads in the Green Lane Park area, where tests are available Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. and on Tuesdays and Thursdays from noon to 2 p.m.

In Ardmore, a testing site is located at 114 W. Lancaster Avenue where testing is available Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. and on Tuesdays and Thursdays from noon to 2 p.m.

In Willow Grove, testing is available at First Baptist Church - Crestmont, 1678 Fairview Ave. Testing there is available Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from noon to 2 p.m. and on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

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