WMH to Offer COVID-19 Tests on Saturdays

(Honesdale, January 4, 2021)…As of January 9th,  individuals with a prescription will be able to acquire a COVID test from 7:30am – 12noon on Saturdays, in addition to Monday – Friday from 7:30am – 4pm, at the Wayne County Fairgrounds at Route 191 North and Miller Drive, Honesdale.

Wayne Memorial Hospital Laboratory Services expanded the testing schedule in response to increased demand and a desire to serve the community as best as possible.

“Our staff has been performing close to 1,500 COVID tests a week,” said Ancillary Services Director James Hockenbury, “and we anticipate an increase in requests.” Hockenbury noted that in an effort to streamline traffic at the Fairgrounds, the hospital plans to open a second lane for the drive-thru testing.

Wayne Memorial performs PCR (polymerase-chain-reaction) tests, which are considered the “gold standard” as they offer the most accurate results available for COVID-19. The tests are sent to LabCorp for analysis. Turnaround time depends upon volume, said Hockenbury, “but our goal is to be as efficient as possible.”

For more information about COVID-19, testing and vaccines, visit  COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) – Wayne Memorial Hospital (wmh.org)