Pennsylvania will have five new COVID-19 testing centers, including one in Hermitage, starting Monday at Walmart super center stores.

The office of Gov. Tom Wolf announced the new testing centers Thursday.

Under the state’s plan, the sites will operate from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, weather permitting. The parking lot of Walmart, 1275 North Hermitage Road, Hermitage is among the locations that will host a testing site.

Other testing centers will be held at Walmart stores in Montoursville, Clarion, Erie and Clearfield.

Testing will be made available to first responders, health-care providers and other people who meet testing guidelines for symptoms or exposure to someone who has the virus. The testing center will not accept walk-up participants.

Those being tested are required to wear a mask and stay in their cars for verification of test eligibility criteria, identification check. Those deemed eligible will take a self-administered nasal swab test.  

Quest Diagnostics will process the test and report results to those tested and departments of health.

SVSS to resume fixed-route bus service

Shenango Valley Shuttle Service will resume fixed-route bus service Monday.

The Mercer County Regional Council of Governments, which operates the bus service, will run on its Saturday schedule from Monday through June 12.

On Monday, June 15, the service’s northern, central and southern routes will operate on the summer schedule. The courthouse shuttle and courthouse express route will resume the same day.

Regular Saturday service will resume on June 20.

Representatives of the COG recommend that all passengers wear face coverings or masks when riding the buses.

Schedules are available on the service’s website, MCRCOG.com. Riders also can download the My Stop app or call the office at 724-981-1561 for information.

The service had suspended fixed-route bus service on April 9.

Mercer County has sixth virus fatality

A sixth Mercer County resident was reported to have died from COVID-19, according to the state Department of Health.

The department reported three new cases in the county Thursday, bringing its total to 110.

Statewide, Pennsylvania reported 537 new cases, an increase of 0.7 percent, for total cases of 73,942. The state had 75 new deaths, for a total of 5,817.