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COVID-19 In Pittsburgh: Allegheny County Health Department Offering Free COVID-19 Tests

By: KDKA-TV News Staff

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) -- Beginning at 9 a.m. Thusrsday morning, the Allegheny County Health Department is offering free COVID-19 tests.

The tests will be available at Concord Presbyterian Church on Brownsville Road in Carrick and they will be offered until 4 p.m.

A van is set up in the lot of the church, and all you have to do is park your car nearby and walk up to get a mouth swab.

Walk-ins are welcomed but click here to register.

A series of questions will be asked of those requesting a test, including if you've experienced symptoms, if you work in a specific field and if you've been to certain areas.

"I just want to be extra cautious," said Brentwood Resident Mark Becker.

Becker said he's playing it safe.

"My wife saw it on TV about the free testing. It's only right up the road from us, so come on down," said Becker. "She hasn't been feeling all that well but not like she's been really really sick or anything so it's better to be safe."

That's what brought Mariah Powers out too.

"I've been having a dry cough and I do work at the hospital so I wanted to check to make sure I was okay," said Mariah Powers.

Jennifer Castilow brought her daughter and friend out since they fear they were exposed to the virus.

"They have symptoms and they were both exposed. They both work in fast food and they were exposed so they wanted to come get tested," said Sharpsburg resident Jennifer Castilow. "They both have aches and pains. She had a fever yesterday. A little bit of coughing and wheezing and that's pretty much it. It's better to be safe than sorry."

Carrick won't be the only place offering tests on Thursday.

The Fairhaven United Methodist Church - Squirrel Hill Health Center on Saw Mill Run Boulevard and Mount Ararat Church still have spots available. Those are both walk-up sites.

McKeesport also has availability at its drive-thru location on Industry Road.

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