Delaware County Health Department Partners with Local Health Care Provider Personic to Open Free COVID-19 Testing Site
YEADON, Pa. – In an effort to ensure equitable access to COVID-19 testing amid a recent surge in positive cases, the Delaware County Health Department has partnered with Personic Health Care, a local Springfield-based health provider, to open a new testing site at the Delaware County Wellness Center at Yeadon.
This partnership demonstrates the Delaware County Health Department’s commitment to improving public health access and equity. The County opened the Delaware County Wellness Center at Yeadon, in Yeadon, PA in January 2021, converting a shuttered supermarket into a center offering a variety of public health services. The building is now one of several locations that are home to the new Delaware County Health Department, established on April 2, 2022.
The new COVID-19 testing site, located in the parking lot of the Delaware County Wellness Center at Yeadon, 125 Chester Ave., Yeadon, PA 19050 will provide free walk-up and drive-through COVID-19 rapid testing to hundreds of Delaware County residents to address the urgent need for testing to slow the virus’ spread amid the current BA.2 surge. The hours of operation will be Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, 8:30 a.m.- 3 p.m., and on Saturdays from 9 a.m.- 1 p.m. COVID-19 testing will not be available on Thursdays or Sundays.
COVID-19 vaccinations are also available to Delaware County residents at the Wellness Center. Please visit https://delcopa.gov/covid/vaccination.html for up-to-date vaccine clinic schedule information.
“Unfortunately, our community has seen a surge in COVID-19 cases over the past month and the need for testing has once again increased,” said Delaware County Council Chair Dr. Monica Taylor.
Testing and vaccines are the most important tools we have to slow the spread of COVID-19 and keep our loved ones and the community safe and this new site, opened in partnership with Personic Health Care, will help provide equitable access to COVID-19 testing for our residents.”
The new site, which will be operated at no cost to the County, is part of a broader effort by the County to address the health disparities exacerbated by the pandemic by providing convenient and free testing to communities of color and working families that are more likely to contract COVID-19, more likely to suffer from chronic illnesses that can be compounded by COVID-19, and who have less access to testing and other health services.
“We are proud to partner with the Delaware County Health Department to provide quality, convenient care for Delaware County residents,” said Dr. Azmat Husain of Personic Health Care. “Since the beginning of the pandemic, we’ve served thousands of patients in Delaware County and across our region. This new partnership fits squarely within our mission of expanding access to care in underserved communities and will enable residents from Yeadon and across the county to receive the testing services that are essential to curbing the spread of the virus while keeping their families safe.”
The new testing site at the Delaware County Wellness Center will provide access to both the rapid on-site Antigen testing, with results available in as little as 15 minutes, as well as RT-PCR testing, the gold standard in COVID testing. Because Personic operates its own lab, PCR results will be available via email in under 24 hours.
This is the second partnership between Personic and Delaware County. Personic operated a drive-through testing site at a County-owned facility in Sharon Hill at the height of the pandemic earlier in the year. And it is part of a broader effort by Personic to expand access to care in underserved communities.
In addition to this new site, Personic provides free testing services in North Philadelphia as part of a partnership with Saint Christopher’s Hospital for Children.
Board of Health
Rosemarie Halt, Chair
Lily Higgins, MD, Vice Chair
Patrick Brennan, MD
Melissa C. Lyon, MPH, CPH
Lora Siegmann Werner, MPH