Mobile health unit to provide COVID-19 testing across the Lehigh Valley in coming weeks

A mobile site for COVID-19 testing developed for neighborhoods where traditional health care locations aren’t readily accessible will visit locations around the Lehigh Valley over the next few weeks.

The CATE Mobile Response Unit — CATE stands for Community Accessible Testing & Education — was developed by the Pennsylvania Department of Health, Highmark Blue Shield, Independence Blue Cross, and Latino Connection.

In collaboration with St. Luke’s University Health Network and other community partners, the unit will conduct COVID-19 testing for people who are showing symptoms or who have been exposed to the pandemic illness, while also educating the public on how to stay healthy and safe.

The unit’s tagline is “Sharing knowledge to erase fear,” which it accomplishes through widespread community health care and health education offered for free and with no insurance required.

CATE’s schedule is as follows:

Allentown (Flu shots also available): Buck Boyle Park, 10 Pump Pl. Tuesday, 11 a.m.– 3 p.m.; Wednesday, 11 a.m.– 3 p.m.

Bethlehem: Marvine Elementary School, 1425 Livingston St., Oct. 26, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Hispanic Center Lehigh Valley, 520 E. 4th St., Tuesday, 10 a.m.– 2 p.m.

Easton: Easton Neighborhood Center, 902 Philadelphia Rd., Nov. 9, 10 a.m.– 2 p.m.; Nov. 10, 10 a.m.– 2 p.m.

In addition to St. Luke’s, other partners supporting these events include State Rep. Pete Schweyer, Allentown Health Bureau, Bethlehem Health Bureau, Bethlehem Area School District, Hispanic Center Lehigh Valley, Easton Neighborhood Center and Star Wellness.

Those interested in receiving services should visit the website at for more information about upcoming events. Testing is available on a first come, first serve basis. All services are available for insured and uninsured individuals alike. Social distancing guidelines will be followed at all times.

Symptoms of COVID-19 can include, fever, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, diarrhea, chills, repeating shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat and new loss of taste or smell.

Symptoms may appear in as few as two days or as long as 14 days after exposure. Reported illnesses have ranged from people with little to no symptoms to people being severely ill and dying.

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