HUNTERDON COUNTY, NJ - Hunterdon County Freeholder Board Director Shaun Van Doren has directed the county's Office of Emergency Management to give the highest status to a request for 5,000 COVID-19 test kits to NJ OEM, according to a release from the county.

This is in support of the county's health care providers requesting test kits.

"On behalf of the freeholder board, I have directed the county's OEM to submit a resource request to NJ OEM for an immediate supply of 5,000 test kits," he said in the release. "Hunterdon Healthcare and other medical providers need additional test kits to support testing. I am advised that the state should forward the request to FEMA if they cannot fulfill it."

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"Health and medical personnel who administer tests also need protective clothing and equipment to administer the COVID-19 tests," he added.

Since February, the release said, Hunterdon County OEM and Health Department, have already provided more than 70,100 protective items to first responders and healthcare workers.

On March 16, they requested another 67,500 additional units of PPE's including masks, gowns and gloves to provide resources for Hunterdon medical providers.

"Health professionals advise that for any mass testing regime to be implemented, fulfillment of these requests is necessary," Van Doren said in the release.

The county's Health Department, OEM, Medical Reserve Corps and CERT teams will be providing personnel to assist with expanded testing.

"We will continue to press state and federal agencies and officials to ensure that needed resources are provided to Hunterdon County to assist our local medical providers and our residents," Van Doren said in the release.