New COVID-19 testing sites are opening at colleges in Bucks County and may later become vaccination centers.
At Monday’s County Commissioners meeting, Chief Operating Officer Margaret McKevitt said the sites will open at Bucks County Community College’s Lower and Upper campuses, along with another at Delaware Valley University.
They will be open to the public everyday for three full weeks starting this upcoming Monday, January 11.
The Lower BCCC Epstein Campus site is located at 1304 Veterans Highway in Bristol Township. It will be open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. except on Fridays, when it will be open from noon to 8 p.m.
People who want to get tested at these sites must bring a face mask, cell phone, and insurance information.
They will be able to accommodate people who do not own a cell phone, McKevitt added. People also do not need insurance to get a test, but should bring their info if they do have insurance.
McKevitt said the county hopes to “flip these sites and turn them into vaccination sites in the future.”
In mid-December, the federal government distributed Pfizer and Moderna vaccines to the state, which in turned distributed them to hospitals. The sites would become relevant once the vaccine is ready for public distribution.
Right now, vaccine is available to medical workers and some first responders. More than 6,000 Bucks medical workers have received the first dose of a coronavirus vaccine, according to the county.
She noted the Del Val site may need to relocate once students return to school.
Meantime, the rate of new coronavirus cases is holding steady. County health officials reported an average of about 330 new cases per day from Sunday, December 27 through Saturday.
This is almost exactly even with the week before, and much lower than the late December peak.
The death rate is also slowly declining, but is still much greater than October. Health officials report 33 people passed away last week due to COVID-19, down from 38 the last full week of December.