O’Scanlon & DiMaso: PNC Testing Site In Works, Won’t Open Until Formal Announcement

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O’Scanlon & DiMaso: PNC Testing Site In Works, Won’t Open Until Formal Announcement

Senator Declan O’Scanlon and Assemblywoman Serena DiMaso (R-Monmouth) today commented on Governor Murphy’s previous announcement that PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel would serve as the location for one of the two COVID-19 testing sites that FEMA was setting up in New Jersey. The PNC site, however, is not yet operational.

“We understand a good number of people are looking to get tested but this site won’t be open until there is a formal announcement. We lobbied hard to have one of these vital facilities here, we have a commitment and work has begun. It is our understanding that it is a few days away. Yesterday, we were able to drive to the site and had the opportunity to meet with numerous individuals on site involved in the operation: New Jersey State Police, FEMA, Department of Health, the Army Corps of Engineers, and the site and construction managers for PNC.”

“After the formal announcement residents will be able to go to the website and self-screen. At this point we are asking folks not to attempt to drive through the site as it will only hinder set up. WE CANNOT STRESS THIS ENOUGH FOLKS – please stay away from the site until what we promise will be a very public notice of its opening.”

“The value of a centralized testing location cannot be overstated; it will seriously help alleviate a strain on our hospital systems and aid in the safety of patients as well as personnel. This testing is coming soon and will hopefully be open for screening in a few days. We want to assure all of our residents that we are making progress and have secured FEMA and state commitment to having a top-notch, high volume testing site in Monmouth County.”

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