Middlesex County Administers 156 COVID-19 Tests on First Day

EDISON, NJ – Today, Middlesex County administered 156 COVID-19 tests to County residents during the first day of the drive-thru testing facility at the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission Kilmer Vehicle Inspection Center in Edison.

“Thanks to the combined effort and dedication of all staff and officials involved, we were able to bring additional testing to our County residents which will aid our Office of Health Services in developing plans and actions to attempt to flatten the curve in our County,” said Freeholder Director Ronald G. Rios.

“I would like to thank the staff members who made this site run smoothly, including members from: the Middlesex County Department of Public Safety and Health; Office of Health Services; Office of Emergency Management and Preparedness; Sheriff’s Office, Hazmat Program; Bureau of Fire Marshal; Division of Environmental & Solid Waste; Medical Reserve Corps; and Public Works; along with the Edison Police and Fire Departments; Edison Public Works and Office of Emergency Management; and Sayreville Public Works”

“While we do not yet know how many of these residents will test positive for COVID-19, we encourage all of our residents to continue to take preventative measures to keep both themselves and their fellow Middlesex County residents safe. Residents must continue to shelter in place and not leave their homes except for emergencies or to shop for essentials. And if residents do leave their home, they should continue to practice social distancing and stay six feet apart from others.”

The drive-thru COVID-19 testing site is located at the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission Kilmer Vehicle Inspection Center, 33 Kilmer Road, Edison and is open Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 10 am.

For more information about the testing site and how to make an appointment to be tested, please visit: http://www.middlesexcountynj.gov/News/Pages/Middlesex-County-opening-COVID-19-drive-thru-testing-site-on-April-1-in-Edison.aspx​

Earlier announcement on testing site opening: Middlesex County officials, in partnership with the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission, will open a drive-thru COVID-19 testing site on Wednesday, April 1 at New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission Kilmer Vehicle Inspection Center, 33 Kilmer Road, Edison.

The county has 1,123 COVID-19 cases as of Monday, March 30th, according to the NJDOH.

The site will be open 3 days a week, Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, from 10 am to 2 pm.

Those wishing to be tested will be required to make an appointment and meet a set of criteria. Those wishing to make an appointment can begin doing so at 10 am on Tuesday, March 31.

“Throughout the COVID-19 outbreak, it has been remarkable to see how powerful our community is and the strength we have when we collectively work together for our family, friends, and neighbors. Our County has been proudly working with our State and local officials to bring this testing site to the residents of Middlesex County, and we hope that this aids our health officials in their efforts,” said Freeholder Director Ronald G. Rios.

“I would like to commend the strong leadership of Governor Murphy, our legislative representatives, Freeholder Director Rios and our County Freeholders, and County Administrator John Pulomena. We look forward to working in partnership with them as the Kilmer Vehicle Inspection Center becomes a temporary testing site for the COVID-19 virus. We know that people everywhere are facing difficult and uncertain times, and we will continue working every day to provide information and services for Edison residents.  It is critically important that people all over town know that while they may be practicing social isolation, they are certainly not alone,” said Edison Township Mayor Thomas Lankey.

CRITERIA FOR TESTING

To receive testing, you must be a Middlesex County resident (valid driver’s license or state issued identification is required), make an appointment online or via phone, as well as either have a valid doctor’s prescription or be exhibiting symptoms which include: fever 100.4 degrees or higher (99.6 degrees for people 65 years and older); respiratory symptoms; and/or shortness of breath.

Middlesex County residents that have symptoms and would like to be tested, should visit Middlesexcountynj.gov/COVID19testing​ to register and receive a time to report to the testing site. Registrants must bring the completed registration form and a valid driver’s license or state issued ID to the testing site.

If the resident does not have access to the internet or having connectivity problems, they are instructed to call 732-745-3100 to make an appointment (from 10 am to 4 pm). Appointments will only be made the day prior to a testing day.

If the person is not a Middlesex County resident, does not have a scheduled appointment, or does not have symptoms, they will not receive testing.

TEST KITS AND RESULTS

The County has been working with the State of New Jersey, as well as a number of private labs to secure the number of test kits needed to sustain a testing center. The collected specimens will be sent to one of the approved laboratories, and positive results will be reported within 2-5 business days.

“These testing sites will provide the ability for our professionals to gather information about the spread of the disease, work to identify areas in which an infected person may have come into contact with others, and determine the appropriate action. This information will help us make informed decisions on how we deal with this outbreak and work to mitigate the spread in our County,” said Middlesex County Health Officer Lester Jones.

RESOURCES FOR MORE INFORMATION

Residents can visit the Middlesex County website at www.middlesexcountynj.gov/COVID-19​ or contact 2-1-1 for information about the testing site, as well as call the Middlesex County Office of Health Services at 732-745-3100.

If residents have questions about COVID-19 they can call 2-1-1 or the 24-hour public hotline at 1-800-962-1252 or 1-800-222-1222, or text NJCOVID to 898-211. They can also text a zip code to 898-211 for live text assistance.

If individuals are feeling stressed or overwhelmed about COVID-19, they can call the New Jersey Department of Human Services toll free “warm line” at 877-294-HELP (4357); TTY 877-294-4356.

The statewide COVID-19 count is 25,590 cases and 537 fatalities,as of Thusday April 2nd, an increase of 3,489 cases and 182 deaths since Wednesday.

COVID-19 Cases by County
Data is provisional and subject to revision.

4,866 Positives Pending Further Information

4 Deaths Pending Further Information

Bergen County:

4,099 Positive Test Result(s)

120 Deaths

Essex County:

2,617 Positive Test Result(s)

99 Deaths

Hudson County:

2,270 Positive Test Result(s)

44 Deaths

Union County:

2,010 Positive Test Result(s)

34 Deaths

Middlesex County:

1,766 Positive Test Result(s)

48 Deaths

Passaic County:

1,750 Positive Test Result(s)

22 Deaths

Monmouth County:

1,458 Positive Test Result(s)

38 Deaths

Ocean County:

1,371 Positive Test Result(s)

38 Deaths

Morris County:

1,082 Positive Test Result(s)

40 Deaths

Somerset County:

549 Positive Test Result(s)

17 Deaths

Mercer County:

386 Positive Test Result(s)

4 Deaths

Camden County:

343 Positive Test Result(s)

6 Deaths

Burlington County:

294 Positive Test Result(s)

8 Deaths

Sussex County:

179 Positive Test Result(s)

7 Deaths

Gloucester County:

169 Positive Test Result(s)

2 Deaths

Hunterdon County:

130 Positive Test Result(s)

0 Deaths

Warren County:

116 Positive Test Result(s)

3 Deaths

Atlantic County:

50 Positive Test Result(s)

1 Deaths

Cape May County:

34 Positive Test Result(s)

0 Deaths

Cumberland County:

31 Positive Test Result(s)

1 Deaths

Salem County:

20 Positive Test Result(s)

1 Deaths

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