HOLMDEL, NJ - Holmdel Police are taking proactive steps to shut down traffic near Town Hall and Holmdel Schools in anticipation of the Regional FEMA Testing Site planned in town.
The site was lobbied for by Senator Declan O'Scanlon and Assemblywoman (and Holmdel resident) Serena DiMaso (see press release below this article). It opens Monday morning.
Drivers take note: barricades are already being set up and the entrance to the Arts Center from Crawford's Corner is already closed to traffic either way.
Care should be taken. This is open to anyone.
If you have substantial symptoms of Coronavirus and are thinking of driving there, be aware of the risks of driving. Symptoms include new confusion, persistent pain and pressure in chest according to the CDC. Hardly consistent with safe driving. You may have someone drive you who is healthy. However, the healthy person driving you may get infected and bring it home to his or her family. It's a tough call and may make no sense at all depending on symptoms and your doctor.
It's no surprise, then, that there are local doctors who are saying be cautious about going to the testing center. Why spread the virus if it can be avoided. Also, the CDC guidance on Saturday also says to mainly stay home.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, "If you develop symptoms such as fever, cough, and/or difficulty breathing, and have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19 or have recently traveled from an area with ongoing spread of COVID-19, stay home and call your healthcare provider.
The site is open 8am Monday, March 23, for NJ residents who are showing symptoms of the virus currently (fever 99.6 or higher, respiratory symptoms or shortness of breath). You can take this self-assessment test<https://self.covid19.nj.gov/> to see if you qualify.
Testing at the PNC Bank Arts Center will be free and will be covered by the federal government or personal insurance company. Anyone coming for a test is encouraged to bring your insurance card, if you have one. If you do not meet the criteria for testing, you will be turned away. The testing site will be open daily, even on weekends.
Older patients and individuals who have severe underlying medical conditions or are immunocompromised should contact their healthcare provider early, even if their illness is mild. If you have severe symptoms, such as persistent pain or pressure in the chest, new confusion or inability to arouse, or bluish lips of face, contact your healthcare provider or emergency room and seek care immediately.
Your doctor will determine if you have signs and symptoms of COVID-19 and whether you should be tested."
Top local doctors are saying that the testing centers are helpful but would have been more helpful a month ago.
Call your doctor, states the CDC. If you do go to the site on Monday - the entrance will be from exit 116 from the parkway southbound or northbound.
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