Federal government opens COVID testing site in NJ with 24-hour deadline on results – NBC New York

As New Jersey hospitals brace for the possibility of the largest increase in COVID patients to date, the state is equipping itself with a new tool in the fight against the virus.

A federally sponsored testing site began welcoming patients to East Orange on Friday, the same day the Garden State reported a record 28,512 positive cases. The new COVID-19 testing site officially opens on Saturday, and site officials plan to test people for at least the next two weeks.

The new walk-in locations offer PCR tests with expected results within 24 hours – appointments can also be made online.

The current capacity at the Route 280 and Garden State Parkway location allows for up to 1,000 tests per day, but officials say there may be some flexibility in their operations.

“There is room to actually expand the operation and it is the flexibility that is wonderful when working with additional partners,” said Dr Monique Griffith, director of health and social services at East Orange.

Griffith is confident the federal government provides the flexibility to go beyond the site’s planned life on Jan. 12 and beyond the 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. already announced.

“A lot of people I know have gotten sick, so I think it’s a really good thing that they have a lot more testing sites available for people, for free too,” said Brooklynne Tate, of East Orange. .

Governor Phil Murphy visited the state’s newest testing site on Friday evening alongside Health Commissioner Judy Persichilli, where he said “the rate at which omicron is spreading is staggering.”

It’s the kind of spread that blew the state over the CDC’s offer on Christmas Eve to set up the test site, now open seven days a week.

The governor during this visit said he had no news on a statewide indoor mask warrant, but the health commissioner said evidence suggests the omicron variant is as contagious as measles, which she says is the most infectious disease known.

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