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FEBRUARY 11, 2022

The Pike County Office of Emergency Management will no longer be holding COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics at the Pike County Training Center on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of the month.

Individuals interested in receiving the COVID-19 vaccine should visit the Wayne Memorial Community Health Center website to schedule a vaccine.



JANUARY 28, 2022
Wayne Memorial Community Health Centers Distributing N95 Masks

Wayne Memorial Community Health Centers, (WMCHC) received a shipment of 9,600 adult N95 masks as part of the HRSA Health Center COVID19 N95 Mask Program. Masks will be given to patients and the general public at all WMCHC’S primary care, urgent care and dental sites during regular office hours, while supplies last. Visit www.wmh.org and click learn more here under COVID-19 header for a list of locations and hours. Masking/face covering is required to enter any WMCHC facility.


WMCHC was notified on January 17th that it was among seven of Pennsylvania’s 53 Community Health Centers invited to participate as a “pilot” in the program’s initial roll out. On January 21st the program was open to all Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) nationwide.

Having a leg up on the ordering progress, WMCHC officials wasted no time getting cases of masks out to offices, into the hands and  ultimately on the faces of its community. Development Manager for WMCHC Erica Brown reported shortly after 10:30 am, “all of the masks are either in offices or in route,” she thanked her coworkers for their amazing work adding “I think the distribution was done in record time.” A second shipment of two pallets is scheduled to arrive next week.

The Mask Program is another building block for Community Health Centers to support their local communities through allocation of much needed COVID-19 response resources. WMCHC offices are also serving as distribution sites for COVID-19 self-test kits offered at no cost to patients and community members. A total of 10,000 kits were given away earlier this month. WMCHC officials are anxiously awaiting another shipment of test kits which were expected nearly two weeks ago. 

“We are asking for your patience regarding the availability of test kits,” stated Brown. “Once the kits do arrive, we will work diligently to get them into our offices for quick distribution.” The public is advised to check www.wmh.org, and watch the Wayne Memorial Hospital’s Facebook page for updates.

JANUARY 18, 2022

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JANUARY 13, 2022

The Pennsylvania Department of Health will offer free drive-through COVID-19 testing at the Pike County Training Center, from January 18 through 29, Tuesdays through Fridays, from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.; and Saturdays, 7:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

No appointment is necessary. No prescription is necessary. The Pike County Training Center is located at 135 Pike County Boulevard, in Lords Valley.

Testing is on a first-come, first-serve basis and is completely free to all patients. Patients must be ages three and older and are not required to show symptoms of COVID-19 in order to be tested.

Up to 450 patients can be tested per day. Mid-nasal passage swab PCR tests will be performed. Patients are encouraged to bring a photo-ID. Registration will be completed on-site. The turnaround time for testing results is two to seven days after testing.

January 12, 2022


Free COVID-19 Test Kits Available in Pike County

A weekly supply of COVID-19 self-test kits are being offered at no cost, and without prescription, in several Pike County locations thanks to a partnership among Wayne Memorial Community Health Centers (WMCHC), the Pike County Commissioners, and the Pike County Office of Emergency Management.

The rapid antigen self-collection kits, the Quidel QuickVue At-Home www.quickvueathome.com have been supplied to Pike County via WMCHC through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).

Each FDA-authorized kit for age 2 to adult contains two tests for self-collection via nasal swabs. Adult collection is recommended for children 2 through 13. It is important to keep in mind that antigen tests are not as sensitive to the Omicron variant and false negatives may occur. Anyone receiving a positive result should contact their medical provider for follow up.

This week’s Pike County distribution will occur:

Thursday, January 13 at the following locations and times:

Area Agency on Aging Senior Centers
During Regular Hours of Operation
Call 570-775-5550 for information.

Dingman Volunteer Fire Department
9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
680 Log Tavern Road
Milford, PA 18337

Lackawaxen Township Bohemia Ambulance Building
9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
1611 Route 590
Hawley, PA 18428

Lehman Township Municipal Building
9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
193 Municipal Drive
Bushkill, PA 18324

Tafton fire Company
9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
235 PA-507, Tafton, PA 18464

 

Friday, January 14 at the following locations and times:

Matamoras Fire Department
9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
506 Avenue Q
Matamoras, PA 18336

Milford Borough Hall
9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
109 W Catharine St
Milford, PA 18337

 

Wayne Memorial Locations

In addition to the distribution sites listed above, Wayne Memorial Community Health Center facilities throughout Pike and Wayne Counties have a supply of kits, which may be picked up during regular hours. Masks are required to enter all facilities. Visit www.wmchc.net for a list of locations.

 

Drive-Through PCR Testing in Pike County

Additionally, COVID-19 PCR testing occurs Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Pike County Training Center, 135 Pike County Boulevard, in Lords Valley.

No appointments are necessary, but patients must have a prescription for the test from a medical provider.

According to WMCHC, PCR or polymerase chain reaction tests are considered the “gold standard” for COVID-19 testing with a high accuracy rate. PCR tests are very sensitive and can pick up small amounts of viral RNA in the nasal or saliva swab being tested, possibly before a person becomes contagious to others.

Prescriptions are required for these tests because Wayne Memorial is classified as a Clinical Laboratory operating in PA and must follow the PA Code.



Updated December 22, 2021

 

Pike County Vaccination Clinics

The Pike County Office of Emergency Management is partnering with Wayne Community Health Centers to host COVID-19 vaccine clinics at the Pike County Training Center on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of the month, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech are available for 1st, 2nd or booster shots.

Advance registration is requested. Call the Wayne Community Health Centers COVID hotline to schedule an appointment 570.253.8197. Or, register online.


Upcoming clinics at the Training Center will be held on January 5 and 19.

View current COVID-19 vaccine guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Children ages 5 - 11 are eligible for the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.

Get more COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic Information


Vaccinations for the Homebound

The Office of Emergency Management administers vaccines to homebound individuals. To be added to this list call 570-296-6714. 

November 30, 2021

FEMA is providing financial assistance for COVID-19-related funeral expenses incurred on or after January 20, 2020. Like other federal assistance, these funds cannot be used in duplication of other programs.  We are seeking your assistance to help get the word out to individuals who may be eligible to apply. Click here on FEMA COVID-19 Funeral Assistance for guidance and eligibility requirements and types of services funded.  Instructions on how to apply for this assistance through FEMA's dedicated helpline at 1-844-684-6333 can also be found on the website.

Helpline representatives are trained to provide personal application support and answer any questions regarding program eligibility. Since this program is not administered by United Way Worldwide or the EFSP National Board, all questions should be referred to the FEMA Helpline or its website, https://www.fema.gov/disaster/coronavirus/economic/funeral-assistance, for more information. 



November 12, 2021


The Pike County Office of Emergency Management will partner with Wayne Community Health Centers to host COVID-19 vaccine booster clinics at the Pike County Training Center every 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month, from 9:00 a.m. to Noon. The next clinic will be held on November 17.

Advance registration is required. Call the Wayne Community Health Centers COVID hotline to schedule an appointment 570.253.8197. Or, register online.

 



August 25, 2021

New Online State Portal to help Match

Local Requests for Vaccination Clinics with Providers

The Pennsylvania Department of Health (PA DOH) this week launched an online portal to help streamline requests for vaccination clinics throughout the Commonwealth. The online form, linked below, is designed to assist in matching local requests for vaccination clinics with providers, as well as provide resources from DOH when applicable.

The form is intended for local governments, community organizations, religious groups, schools, state agencies and any other groups interested in hosting a vaccine event.


Please note - this is not an approval process, only an opportunity to streamline the partnering process for those that have not been able to find a provider. Partnerships can occur outside of this form and do not require DOH approval to proceed. 

PA DOH will work to match clinic hosts with vaccine providers but filling out this form is not a guarantee of an appropriate match. 

Responses to this form will be evaluated on a rolling basis, and PA DOH will attempt to respond within a week of receiving requests.  Any questions can be directed to the Resource Account at RA-DHCOVIDVAX@PA.GOV


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