LIVINGSTON, NJ — As the number of positive COVID-19 cases in Livingston increased to 28 on Monday, the Livingston Health Department (LHD) also announced the death of an 87-year-old Livingston resident who died as result of injuries sustained during a recent fall, but later tested positive for the COVID-19 disease.
The woman, who has not been identified, was a patient at Saint Barnabas Medical Center. LHD officials continue to follow the official monitoring process to identify locations and persons with whom the affected individuals had contact.
“We must continue our practice of avoiding close contact through social distancing,” said Mayor Rudy Fernandez in a join statement of the township council. “Don’t let your children travel or hang around together in groups whether in the streets or at the parks. Our police department doesn’t need to spend its time breaking up crowds of children or young adults.
“Adults, too, must be extra careful—especially senior citizens and those with existing health conditions. If you must be around people, keep six feet between you. Please, we can’t stress enough the necessity to follow these simple rules to help keep Livingston healthy.”
As of March 23, there are now 271 positive COVID-19 cases in Essex County.
The list of state-supported COVID-19 Community-Based Testing Sites also continues to grow, with a new site opening at PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel on Monday and another appointment-only site scheduled to open on Tuesday in Hudson County. (A full list of testing sites can be found below.)
The PNC testing site, established in partnership with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, is staffed by the New Jersey Department of Health, New Jersey State Police and New Jersey National Guard.
Fernandez noted that although drive-through testing centers are scheduled to be open seven days per week from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., the PNC testing center quickly reached capacity on Monday.
In order to be eligible for testing, individuals must be current New Jersey residents and experiencing symptoms of respiratory illness. Priority will be given to symptomatic individuals experiencing cough, a fever of 99.6 degrees or higher and shortness of breath.
Current testing centers in New Jersey are open as follows:
Atlantic Health MedeCenters
- 418 Route 18, East Brunswick — 732-613-6168
- 225 US Route 46, Totowa — 973-256-0452
- 346 Route 46, Rockaway — 973-627-4870
Bergen County Community College (drive-through)
- 400 Paramus Rd, Paramus — Lots B & C
The Doctor’s Office Urgent Care of West Caldwell
- 556 Passaic Ave., West Caldwell — 973-808-2273
CityMD Urgent Care Centers
- 617 Broad Street, Newark — 862-201-4596
- 399 Route 10, East Hanover — 908-557-9808
Howell Urgent Care Center
- 4074 US Highway 9, Howell — 732-886-7342
Hamilton Square Urgent Center
- 811 Route 33, Hamilton — 609-587-8298
InFocus Urgent Care
- 64 Princeton Hightstown Rd., Princeton Junction — 609-799-7009
PNC Bank Arts Center *Drive-thru
- 116 Garden State Pkwy., Holmdel
Prior to arriving, patients must call the testing center first, as some require phone screenings and others require scheduling an appointment.
To speak with a healthcare professional, call 1-800-962-1253. For general information, dial 211 or text “NJCOVID” to 898-211 to receive up-to-date information via text.