Middlesex County launches mobile testing clinics for COVID-19, adding to range of testing locations and modalities
More than 80 residents tested on first day of mobile testing clinic
MONROE, NJ – Ever evolving its testing methods with the needs of the community, Middlesex County has launched mobile testing clinics for COVID-19 in Thompson Park in Monroe as part of the County’s ongoing effort to provide Middlesex County residents free access to COVID-19 testing.
“Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, Middlesex County has worked hard to ensure that all County residents have safe, convenient access to COVID-19 testing,” said Freeholder Director Ronald G. Rios. “The County’s testing plan has continuously evolved to meet the needs of the community by providing drive-thru testing for residents in suburban areas and walk-up testing for residents who live in urban areas or who may not own a vehicle.”
Residents can find a schedule of testing dates, including at drive-thru, walk-up, and mobile clinics; and information on testing on the Public Safety & Health webpage. To schedule an appointment, call 732-745-3100 or visit Middlesexcountynj.gov/covid19testing. Testing is free for Middlesex County residents.
This multi-faceted approach to COVID-19 testing includes not only the types of testing facilities available to County residents, but also the type of COVID-19 test. As a result of the County’s partnership with Rutgers University, RWJBarnabas Health, and Accurate Diagnostic Labs, Middlesex County was the first in the nation to offer COVID-19 testing using saliva-based methods. Saliva-based COVID-19 tests are considered less invasive than nasal swab tests and, therefore. may be preferable to some residents.
“Efficient and accurate testing is crucial to mitigating the spread of this potentially deadly virus,” said Freeholder Shanti Narra, chair of the Health and Human Services Committee. “These new mobile testing clinics will allow us to bring free COVID-19 testing directly to various municipalities throughout Middlesex County, helping ensure that every resident who needs a COVID-19 test can get one in a timely manner.”
The County’s COVID-19 testing efforts are organized and operated jointly by Middlesex County’s Department of Public Safety & Health and Office of Health Services. All COVID-19 tests performed at Middlesex County Health Services sites are free for Middlesex County residents, but appointments and proof of residency are required. For more information about Middlesex County’s COVID-19 testing program or to schedule a test, please visit middlesexcountynj.gov/Government/Departments/PSH/Pages/COVID-19–Testing.aspx.
About Middlesex County
Middlesex County is home to numerous Fortune 500 companies, three universities, 18 park systems, and world-class healthcare and research facilities making it one of the nation’s most dynamic regions and a leader in technology, transportation, the arts, and food innovation. As one of the most diverse populations in the country, Middlesex County is home to over 832,000 residents living throughout 25 municipalities and employing nearly 40,000 people. Ranked #1 in the state for best schools, the County offers an award-winning vocational school system, a county college, and workforce development creating a unique ecosystem in which opportunities abound. Conveniently located between New York and Philadelphia, Middlesex County is a leading destination for businesses and residents alike to live, work, and play – and has been since the 17th century. For more information, visit middlesexcountynj.gov and find us on Facebook and Instagram