Coronavirus Resources for Patients & Visitors

COVID-19 Vaccine Update

The Pennsylvania Department of Health (DOH) has established the following phases for COVID-19 vaccination:

Phase 1a – Health care personnel including hospitals, long-term care facilities and EMS. Also includes: dentists, optometrists, therapists, and pharmacists.

Phase 1b – Front-line essential workers: first responders (e.g., firefighters and police officers), corrections officers, food and agricultural workers, U.S. Postal Service workers, manufacturing workers, grocery store workers, public transit workers, and those who work in the education sector (teachers and support staff members) as well as child care workers.

Phase 1c – All other essential workers: workers in transportation and logistics, water and wastewater, food service, shelter and housing (e.g., construction), finance (e.g., bank tellers), information technology and communications, energy, legal, media, and public safety (e.g., engineers), and public health workers.

Additional phases will be established by the PA Department of Health at a later date.

Penn Highlands Healthcare is currently offering vaccinations to those individuals in the PA DOH Phase 1a. Penn Highlands is performing first and second dose vaccinations for its employees and others included in the PA DOH phase 1a including EMS, dentist and optometrist offices while vaccine lasts. Per the Pennsylvania Department of Health, all hospitals and other agencies across the Commonwealth administering vaccines are not to proceed with Phase 1b or 1c vaccinations until further notice.

If you are an individual or business that is considered to be in the PA DOH Phase 1a from the PHH service area and have not been contacted by a Penn Highlands representative, please call 814-503-4735 to discuss vaccinations. If you are not considered to be in Phase 1a, please check back to this webpage at a later date for COVID-19 vaccination updates.

COVID-19 Testing

Penn Highlands Healthcare is providing testing for COVID-19.

Walk-in COVID-19 rapid tests are available at the following locations for those individuals who are experiencing symptoms:

Patients can walk-in to any of these facilities to see a provider and get an order to receive the rapid test if they have symptoms or have been exposed.

Other Outpatient Lab Testing Locations for Scheduled COVID-19 Tests Only

There are other types of COVID-19 tests available that need to be scheduled. If someone is looking for certain type of COVID-19 test or would like to schedule a COVID-19 test at one of our outpatient locations below, please contact your primary care doctor or download the My Health Now app, select QCareNow and choose a Penn Highlands COVID-19 Screen provider and they will assist.

Penn Highlands Brookville

  • Times: Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10 am to 11 am by appointment only and with doctors order.
  • Calling Central Scheduling at 814-849-1870, or 814-849-1880. (either patient or provider office can make the appointment)
  • Location: By the dock area of the hospital, below the Emergency Department.
  • Directions: If arriving via the Emergency Room entrance, drive to the top, turn right then turn left into the dock area and park at the side by the dock ramp. If arriving from the Main Entrance, travel in front of the hospital before going up the emergency room turn right into the dock area park at the right side by the dock ramp. Staff will watch for arrivals and come to cars and perform test.

Penn Highlands Clearfield

  • Times: Monday through Friday 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM by appointment only
  • Call 814-768-2276 Monday thru Friday 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM to schedule an appointment (either patient or provider office can make the appointment)
  • Location: PH Clearfield main hospital entrance at 809 Turnpike Avenue, Clearfield, PA 16830
  • Instructions: Patients will use the drive through entrance on Turnpike Avenue, pull up as far as you can while still staying under the roof line, stay in your car and someone from the lab will come out and perform the collection.
  • Patients may park across the street if they arrive early while waiting for their turn to ensure the drive thru does not get congested

Penn Highlands DuBois

  • Times: Monday through Saturday 12 Noon to 2:00 PM by appointment only
  • Call 814-375-4636 to schedule an appointment (either patient or provider office can make the appointment)
  • Location: Suite 6 behind the PH Life’s Journey complex at 190 W. Park Avenue, DuBois, PA 15801. There are 2 separate buildings at the site. Suite 6 is located in the small building in the back of the parking lot.
  • Parking: Please try to avoid parking in the parking spaces that are designated with a letter (such as A, B, C), as these are reserved parking spaces for providers and other tenants in the building.
  • Instructions: Patients will enter the building located in the back of the complex via the main doors and check-in with the staff at the reception area. Upon arrival/check-in, the patient will be placed in one of the negative pressure rooms to be collected.

Penn Highlands DuBois

  • Drive Through Testing: Individuals who utilize the MyHealthNow app for their COVID-19 screening, maybe able to receive drive-up testing as well. Please ask your PHH MyHealthNow COVID-19 screening provider about availability.

Penn Highlands Elk

  • Times: Tuesday and Thursday 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM by appointment only.
  • Call 814-375-4636 to schedule an appointment (either patient or provider office can make the appointment).
  • Location: Behind PH Elk hospital, small parking lot between Medical Office Building and main hospital
  • Instructions: Pull up to the double doors on left by pylons, pull up behind each other creating a line of cars, stay in your car and someone will come out to take your information and perform collection.

Penn Highlands Huntingdon

  • Times: Monday thru Friday 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM by appointment only.
  • Call 814-643-8632 to schedule an appointment. (either patient or provider office can make the appointment).
  • Location: The old main entrance to Ph Huntingdon hospital.
  • Instructions: Patients come up Bryan Street and take the second left, then follow the orange cones to the drive through site under the brick overhang. The patient should remain in their car and the phlebotomist will come out and collect the specimen.

Penn Highlands Tyrone

  • Times: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 11 am-1 pm by appointment only.
  • Call 814-684-6384 Monday thru Friday 8 :00 AM - 4:00 PM to schedule an appointment. (either patient or provider office can make the appointment).
  • Location: PH Tyrone Hospital visitor entrance 187 Hospital Drive Tyrone, PA 16686
  • Instructions: Patients will drive up to the visitor entrance. Stay in your car and someone will come out to obtain your information and collect the specimen.

Learn more about your COVID-19 test by downloading our patient fact sheets.

Penn Highlands Healthcare Safety Reminders

MASKS FOR PATIENTS / SUPPORT PERSONS: In accordance with the Department of Health, patients and support persons must wear a mask inside our facilities. If any patient or support person does not present with a mask, we may provide one to them.

In accordance with the Pennsylvania Department of Health, Penn Highlands Healthcare is restricting visitation at all of our hospitals.

SUPPORT PERSON (NOT VISITORS): In accordance to the Department of the Health, we may allow ONE support person be present with patients if needed.

At Penn Highlands Huntingdon, visitors or support persons are not allowed in the ICU, inpatient behavioral health or the medical/surgical units. The only cases subject to exception are for end-of-life situations.

After the support person passes the symptoms/temperature screening at our entrance, we will provide them with a sticker denoting the date and department that will host the patient they’re accompanying. They will need to wear this sticker for the duration of their time inside our facility. These steps are in accordance with the Pennsylvania Department of Health.

Because the point of this practice is to minimize the potential for exposure, this support person is a single designated individual throughout the duration of the patient’s stay. For safety reasons, we may not permit another support person to rotate into the previous individual’s place when the first support person exits the facility.

SCREENINGS: Per the Pennsylvania Department of Health, screenings will continue to take place at entry points for our hospitals and clinical care settings. In these locations, both employees and patients/patient support persons will continue to undergo verbal and temperature screenings upon entry. Anyone who does not submit to the screening may be denied entry.

SKILLED NURSING FACILITIES AND CANCER CENTERS: In accordance with the Pennsylvania Department of Health, PHH Skilled Nursing Facilities and PHH Cancer Centers, VISITATION REMAINS RESTRICTED. The only cases subject to exception are for end-of-life situations.

How is Penn Highlands Healthcare Staying Safe During the Pandemic?

All Penn Highlands Healthcare inpatient and outpatient services continue to be safe and fully operational.

Our precautions and restrictions have been effective at preventing the spread of COVID-19. We’ve kept our facilities safe, and we encourage our patients to continue to rely on us for care. As you do, you may notice that we’re closely following Department of Health guidelines for healthcare facilities. Thank you for your cooperation as we uphold our commitment to your safety.

To learn more about how Penn Highlands Healthcare is staying safe click here.

COVID-19 Signs & Symptoms

The information and guidelines below are based on information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:

  • Loss of taste or smell
  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of Breath
  • Chills
  • Muscle Pain
  • Diarrhea or vomiting with any of the above symptoms

Anyone can have mild to severe symptoms. Older adults and people who have severe underlying medical conditions like heart or lung disease or diabetes seem to be at higher risk for developing more serious complications from COVID-19 illness.

This list does not include all possible symptoms. The CDC will continue to update this list as we learn more about COVID-19. To learn more visit the CDC Symptoms of Coronavirus.

What To Do If You Are Sick

If you are experiencing any of the symptoms listed above please follow these recommendations below:

Call your Primary Care Physician/Family Doctor to discuss your symptoms. Do NOT go to your doctor’s office, QCare/Urgent Care or the Emergency Department.

If you are suffering from a life threatening situation, call 911 immediately.

Anyone without a primary care provider/family doctor may call the PHH Call Center at 814-375-6644 from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM, Monday through Friday to get help finding a doctor.

Utilize QCareNow for virtual visits with one of our providers. Access MyHealthNow on your desktop or download the MyHealthNow app from your iPhone or Android’s app store, and after, select QCareNow. You will be able to have a provider visit right from your phone 24 hours a day. Go to QCareNow to learn more.

Steps to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 if you are sick

Stay home except to get medical care:

  • Stay home. Most people with COVID-19 have mild illness and can recover at home without medical care. Do not leave your home, except to get medical care. Do not visit public areas.
  • Take care of yourself. Get rest and stay hydrated. Take over-the-counter medicines, such as acetaminophen, to help you feel better.
  • Avoid public transportation, ride-sharing, or taxis.

Separate yourself from other people:

  • As much as possible, stay in a specific room and away from other people and pets in your home. If possible, you should use a separate bathroom. If you need to be around other people or animals in or outside of the home, wear a mask.
  • Tell your close contacts that they may have been exposed to COVID-19. An infected person can spread COVID-19 starting 48 hours (or 2 days) before the person has any symptoms or tests positive. By letting your close contacts know they may have been exposed to COVID-19, you are helping to protect everyone.

Learn more at CDC’s What to Do If You Are Sick.

Self Care at Home for Mild Symptoms of COVID-19

  • Stay home unless you need to leave for medical care.
  • Separate yourself from other people and animals in your home. Stay in a specific room and use a separate bathroom, if possible.
  • Use a mask, cover your coughs and wash your hands frequently.
  • See more self-care information from the CDC.

Prevention

The CDC recommends everyday preventive actions to help reduce the spread of this illness:

  • Wear a face mask and/or face shield correctly.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Wash your hands well and frequently—at least 20 seconds with soap and water or with hand sanitizer that is at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Cover cough/sneeze with a tissue, and then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean/disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

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