Pike COVID Testing Site to Close
(Honesdale, July 27, 2020)… As of Friday, July 31st, the COVID-19 testing site at the Pike County Training Center in Lords Valley operated by Wayne Memorial Hospital will officially shut down. Its last day will be Thursday, July 30th. The hospital’s alternate site at the Wayne County Fairgrounds in Honesdale will, in turn, move from three days a week to five days a week.
Hospital officials say the number of tests being done in Pike, which hovered around or less than 10 a day, was not enough to warrant the staff. At the same time, the uptick in elective procedures at Wayne Memorial, such as surgeries and cardiac catheterizations, called for more testing availability in Wayne. Anyone who is admitted to the hospital for surgery or otherwise must undergo a COVID-19 test prior to admission.
The Pike Center was initially opened at the request of the Pike County Commissioners, who today said, “We are grateful to Wayne Memorial Health System for having provided this important service to the people of Pike County during a much needed time. Local COVID-19 testing sites remain available at Dingmans Medical Center and Wal-Mart (as well as the Wayne County Fairgrounds). We are also grateful to Pike County residents and businesses who are continuing to practice proper health guidelines to help prevent the virus.”
Wayne Memorial Hospital requires a prescription for all COVID-19 tests. Wayne Memorial Laboratory Services offers analysis at the hospital and through an outside service, LabCorp. Testing is available from 8am – 4pm Monday – Friday at the Fairgrounds on Route 191 North. For more information, visit www.wmh.org.
Photo: Nancy O’Connell, right, and Holly Meyer at the Pike testing site off Route 739, behind the Pike Training Center.