Community Based Testing Site
As has been communicated over the past several days, there has not been widespread access to testing for COVID-19 in Montgomery County. County officials have been working closely with local, state, and federal partners to fill this gap and increase testing availability.
When and where is the drive-through testing site?
UPDATED Thu, April 9: The testing site at Temple University’s Ambler Campus in Upper Dublin Township has permanently stopped testing operations. We are extremely appreciative of all the community partners who came together to help support operations there.
Montgomery County officials are working on opening a new drive-through testing location at the Montgomery County Community College campus in Whitpain Township. We will announce the details of that testing site as soon as they are finalized.
Do I need an appointment?
Yes, this site will provide testing by appointment only from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM daily as testing supplies allow. There will not be any treatment conducted on-site.
Who is eligible to get tested?
UPDATED Thu, April 9: We will announce if any changes to the testing criteria are established for the new drive-through test site.
Individuals who meet one or more of the following five (5) criteria will be eligible for testing:
• NEW: Persons of any age and with symptoms of sudden illness (such as fever OR cough OR shortness of breath OR loss of smell/taste AND including gastrointestinal symptoms such as nausea OR vomiting OR diarrhea) with or without fever;
• UPDATED: First responders (law enforcement, fire, EMS, or dispatcher) AND concern for exposure to a patient with suspected COVID-19 OR symptoms of any sudden illness with or without fever;
• UPDATED: Health care workers providing direct patient care AND concern for exposure to a patient with suspected COVID-19 OR symptoms of any sudden illness with or without fever;
• Anyone with known or suspected direct contact to someone with COVID-19;
• Anyone who has been recommended by their doctor to get tested.
Due to the limited number of tests available, tests will be reserved for the high-risk individuals described above. Criteria may be enhanced or relaxed based on future availability of tests.
Can Non-Montgomery County Residents register for the drive-through test site?
Yes, the testing site is not limited to Montgomery County residents.
What will the process be when I arrive at the testing site?
Testing site staff will conduct body temperature verification using non-contact infrared thermometers prior to administering COVID-19 tests. Individuals qualifying under requirements for age or first responder/healthcare worker status may be asked to provide proper identification. Individuals not meeting one of the above criteria or who lack this necessary documentation will be denied access to testing.
How do I register for an appointment?
Online registration begins at 5:00 PM on Friday, March 20, 2020. A link to register will be available on www.montcopa.org/COVID-19, as well as official Montgomery County government social media accounts. Individuals without access to the internet or who do not have an email address can call (610) 631-3000 starting at 8:00 AM on Saturday, March 21, 2020 to register for a testing appointment.
Can I pick my appointment time?
Appointment times are automatically generated during the pre-registration process. Spots are limited per hour.
What will I need to bring to the appointment?
- A printed or digital copy of your pre-registration form
- A photo ID
- Your health insurance card (NOTE: everyone will be tested, regardless of your insurance coverage)
- Your healthcare facility employee for first responder ID/badge (if applicable)
Registration confirmation will be emailed to you and will include instructions on what to bring with you for testing, testing site location address, and precautions to be taken upon arrival at the site. Each individual must complete a pre-registration form. If you arrive at the site and don’t meet the criteria for testing, you will be disqualified for testing. Individuals are required to come directly to the testing site and return directly home.
Where do I enter once I get to the Temple-Ambler Campus?
Individuals arriving for testing should enter the campus via the entrance on the 1400 block of E. Butler Pike, Ambler, PA 19002 located approximately 100 feet northeast of the Community Ambulance Association of Ambler parking lot.
Only enclosed passenger vehicles and small vans and trucks will be permitted to enter the queue. Large commercial vehicles and motorcycles are prohibited, as are pedestrians.
I don’t have any symptoms but still want to get tested. Can I get a test at this site?
Due to the limited number of tests currently available, generally healthy individuals who have mild symptoms and no underlying medical conditions do not need to be tested at this time. You should stay at home, call your healthcare provider, and self-isolate for a minimum of seven (7) days after the onset of symptoms and for at least three (3) days without a fever (without using fever-reducing medications). Since the treatment for COVID-19 is supportive care, the results of testing for these individuals will not change what you should do.
How do I receive my results once i get through the testing site?
A few days after your test, you will receive your results through a phone call from the following number: 1-833-447-0001 and the Caller ID will display “Results Center” – MAKE SURE YOU ANSWER THIS CALL! The call center will make 3 attempts to call you. The call center WILL NOT leave a voicemail message with your results due to privacy concerns. The call center DOES NOT accept incoming calls.
If you miss all 3 calls from the call center, you have two options for getting your results:
1) The fastest way: Access your test results online at www.labcorp.com/results. If you do not have an account with LabCorp, you will have the option to create one. It takes a few business days after the testing is complete for the results to show up on the LabCorp portal.
2) Slower option: Call the Health Department for the county in which you live. Note: It make take up to 7-10 days after testing is complete for your local Health Department to receive your results.
If you need documentation regarding your test results for your employer, you will need to request them through the LabCorp portal. Your county or state health departments DO NOT have that capability.
Thank you to Upper Dublin Township, Temple University Ambler, the Pennsylvania National Guard, as well as other state and federal partners, for their assistance in this coordinated effort to mitigate this public health emergency.
For additional information on COVID-19, visit www.montcopa.org/COVID-19.