RANDOLPH, NJ – The first day of drive-through COVID-19 testing at County College of Morris (CCM) went well today, and officials are expecting a big crowd tomorrow, said Morris County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Peggy Wright/
Wright said 72 people were tested at the facility by Atlantic Health System nurses wearing safety suits. She said 86 people made appointments to be tested, but some had to be turned away because they “did not have the proper paperwork, including proof of being a Morris County resident and having a doctor’s referral.”
Officials expect a lot more people to show up Tuesday. “The registration portal has now been adapted to provide for about 330 registrants,” Wright said on Monday afternoon. “Right now, 180 people have signed up to be tested tomorrow.”
Traffic at the site was controlled by Morris County Sheriff's Officers, Randolph police and Morris County Park Police. Morris County Sheriff James Gannon and Bureau of Law Enforcement Undersheriff Mark Spitzer were on hand to monitor the operation, according to the Sheriff’s Office.
The site’s creation was overseen by the Morris County Office of Emergency Management headed by Morris County Law and Public Safety Director Scott DiGiralomo.
The nurses not only wore protective suites but also donned powered air purifying respirator hoods as they administered nasal swabs. The swabs will be sent to a lab for COVID-19 testing.
“The county is paying for the testing and the test kits, with the expectation of being reimbursed through federal emergency funds,” Wright said. “The testing went very smoothly.”
Heroes at Work
Gannon, on Facebook, praised the "phenomenal work" by all the “front-line heroes” involved in the endeavor.
DiGiralomo said the teams set aside 15 minutes per vehicle, from registration to testing. “That proved to be more time than needed, and they will increase the number of tests they can perform between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.,” Wright said.
For information and to make an appointment, residents should visit https://health.morriscountynj.gov/COVIDTesting.
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