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More than 80 residents tested for COVID on first day of mobile testing clinic in Thompson Park

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,” Middlesex County Freeholder Director Ronald G. Rios said in a prepared statement. “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 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, according to the statement. 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,” Freeholder Shanti Narra, chair of the Health and Human Services Committee, said in the statement. “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, visit middlesexcountynj.gov/Government/Departments/PSH/Pages/COVID-19–Testing.aspx.

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