ROBBIINSVILLE, NJ -- Robbinsville Township officials and Central Jersey Urgent Care have announced a partnership to provide local access to COVID-19 (coronavirus) testing for individuals who are experiencing symptoms of the virus.
Dr. Chirag G. Patel and Dr. Markintosh Barthelemy, Central Jersey Urgent Care, have opened drive-through COVID-19 at six medical offices in four counties since March 20. To date, they have administered approximately 3,500 tests.
As a local volunteer and member of Robbinsville's BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, Patel said he feels very strong roots to the community and is returning that as public service.
"We opened out of necessity after seeing that what was happening was not sufficient," said Patel. "We know the challenges facing the health care system. And we know that what we were able to do in our centers could be brought outside."
The nasal swab testing is by appointment with Central Jersey Urgent Care only via online registration HERE for individuals who are symptomatic, or have been exposed to a COVID-19 positive patient. Testing will be limited to one person per-household and will focus primarily on Mercer County residents.
Patel said that when patients arrive for their pre-scheduled tests they are screened by health care professionals including vital signs, medical history, and checking lungs. Individuals who exhibit extreme symptoms such as low pulse oximetry -- low levels of oxygen in your blood -- could be directed immediately to an emergency room hospital for further care.
The cost for self-pay individuals without insurance is $99 and must be paid via credit card at the time of service at the site. Insured individuals will be required to provide a valid credit card, but only after insurance is applied will any remaining patient responsibility be charged to the card. Cash will not be accepted.
Patel said they are working with four different regional labs in order to provide test results, both positive and negative, by phone in no more than three days. The doctor noted that individuals who test negative but develop extended or worsening symptoms should return to their doctor for further evaluation.
The testing site will be in the rear parking lot of the Robbinsville Municipal Building at located 2298 Route 33. and will be open between 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursday, April 9, Friday, April 10, Monday, April 13, Wednesday, April 15 and Friday, April 17.
The Robbinsville Township Municipal Building and Senior Center remain closed to the public. On Thursday, the Township also announced that they will be providing KN-95 masks to local seniors citizens.
Drop-off boxes outside the municipal building for paperwork such as tax payments, permits, or dog licenses will be removed while the testing site is operational.
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