EDISON, NJ – Middlesex County health officials have turned two lanes of the Kilmer Motor Vehicle Commission’s inspection station in Edison into a drive through COVID-19 testing center, testing 156 residents on Wednesday, the first day of a multi-agency effort to combat the coronavirus pandemic.

“While we do not yet know how many of these residents will test positive for COVID-19, we encourage all of our residents to continue to take preventative measures to keep both themselves and their fellow Middlesex County residents safe,” said Freeholder Director Ronald G. Rios.

Only open to county residents, the drive-thru testing center is open three days a week on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, from 10 am to 2 pm.

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“If they have symptoms or they have a doctor’s note, then they can go and drive through the building to get the actual test,” said Kimberly Burnett, the county’s public information officer. “If they don’t have symptoms or don’t have a doctor’s note, then they have to go back on the highway and leave.”

“The collected specimens will be sent to a state approved laboratory, and positive results will be reported within 2-5 business days,” said Burnett.

Residents must make an appointment online or by phone to be tested and exhibit symptoms of having coronavirus which include: fever 100.4 degrees or higher (99.6 degrees for people 65 years and older); respiratory symptoms; and/or shortness of breath, said county officials.

Those who are not showing symptoms must have a valid doctor’s prescription.

To keep down the risk of spreading the virus to others, at Wednesday’s testing day, drivers were required to keep their doors and windows closed and display their identification and registration forms on their dashboard as they checked-in with medical and security personnel.

“I would like to thank the staff members who made this site run smoothly,” said Rios, “including members from: the Middlesex County Department of Public Safety and Health; Office of Health Services; Office of Emergency Management and Preparedness; Sheriff’s Office, Hazmat Program; Bureau of Fire Marshal; Division of Environmental and Solid Waste; Medical Reserve Corps; and Public Works; along with the Edison Police and Fire Departments; Edison Public Works and Office of Emergency Management; and Sayreville Public Works.”

The drive-thru COVID-19 testing site is located at the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission Kilmer Vehicle Inspection Center, 33 Kilmer Road, Edison and is open Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 10 am. 

For more information about the testing site and how to make an appointment to be tested, visit: http://www.middlesexcountynj.gov/News/Pages/Middlesex-County-opening-COVID-19-drive-thru-testing-site-on-April-1-in-Edison.aspx

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