PATERSON, NJ - Passaic County Freeholder Sandi Lazzara took to Facebook Live with Paterson Mayor Andre Sayegh Saturday to issue an “urgent plea” for any medical professionals, including medical students, EMTs, and first aid squad members to volunteer their time at the COVID-19, coronavirus, testing site that is to be opened on the William Paterson University campus in Wayne in the coming days.

Lazzara also asked all residents to abide by Governor Murphy's executive orders and remain in homes as much as possible as well as exercising social distancing. “Stay safe and calm,” Lazzara said. “As a community we will get through this together.”

Also joining Lazzara and Sayegh was Passaic County Health Officer Charlene Gungil who informed residents that they must have a prescription from a doctor in order to be tested. If you do not have a doctor, she said, you can contact a federally qualified health center. 

Volunteers are also needed to help with contact tracing, Gungil said. “If anyone can help, now is the time.”

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“We have to test to get those infected off the streets,” Sayegh said. “That will help us drive down the number and turn the corner sooner than later.”

To volunteer please email volunteers@passaiccountynj.org or call 973-881-4396.

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