Jefferson University Hospitals

Jefferson Health Launches Public COVID-19 Testing Site



PHILADELPHIA  — Jefferson Health is launching a public COVID-19 testing site in Northwest Philadelphia in a City of Philadelphia-funded initiative to expand testing accessibility. The COVID-19 Community Testing Program site, at the St. Raymond of Penafort Church school parking lot, aims to reduce barriers faced by community members seeking testing, especially Black people, who have been disproportionately affected by the virus. Jefferson care teams will staff the site two days a week over the next six months.

“As we reopen schools, churches, offices and other public spaces, there is a critical need for easy access to COVID-19 testing,” said Dr. Edith P. Mitchell, a Jefferson Clinical Professor of Medicine and Medical Oncology and a pioneer in addressing health disparities. “To keep our communities safe, we must expand testing access, so we know who is sick and how this disease spreads. The goal of this project is to reduce health disparities and bring testing at no cost to patients in areas with the most need.”

“By providing this publicly accessible COVID-19 testing site, we can expand capacity by thousands of tests,” added Dr. J. Matthew Fields, a Jefferson emergency medicine physician and principal investigator on the project. “With the city’s support and our invaluable community partners, we can target locations with higher rates of COVID-19 or significant under-testing.”

WHAT: A publicly accessible COVID-19 testing site, administered by Jefferson Health and funded by the City of Philadelphia. The testing site is supported by complimentary secure mobile network connectivity from Comcast Business, the nation’s largest cable provider to small and mid-size businesses.

WHERE: St. Raymond of Penafort Church school parking lot, 7940 Williams Ave., Philadelphia PA 19150

WHEN: The COVID-19 testing site at St. Raymond of Penafort Church starts Thursday, October 1, and will be open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursdays and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays.

WHO: The testing site is led by Jefferson’s COVID-19 Task Force, which worked with a multidisciplinary team including Jefferson Enterprise Analytics, Jefferson’s College of Population Health, the Emergency Department, the Philadelphia Collaborative for Health Equity and more to identify locations with need for more testing.

MORE INFO: Testing is at no cost and will be billed to your insurance. Please bring identification and insurance information. If you do not have insurance, please bring your ID. Save time by calling ahead, or you can walk/drive up for testing. Walk-ups may experience a wait depending on volume.

Symptomatic patients are prioritized for testing. People who are asymptomatic but have suspected or known exposure to COVID-19 are advised to wait to be tested until at least seven days after exposure due to the average incubation period for COVID-19.

All patients will receive follow-up communication about test results and infection-control practices. Positive patients will receive counseling on continued self-isolation measures, symptom monitoring, and referral to additional care and/or social services.

CONTACT: To schedule a testing time, call 833-533-3463 (833-JEFF-4ME).

Media Contact:
Brandon Lausch: Senior Director, News & Media Relations