Testing Educators for Safe Teaching will hold first two testing events on October 16 in Linden and October 27 in Clark.  

UNION COUNTY, NJ -- The Union County Freeholders have launched the UC-TEST (Testing Educators for Safe Teaching) program. The UC-TEST program, a pop-up mobile testing site that will visit school districts throughout the County to provide twice monthly testing for all teachers, administrators, and school staff will also be tested.

UC-TEST is the result of a partnership between the County and the Union County Education Association (UCEA). The ultimate goal of the program is to bring as many municipal education associations into the partnership for maximum coverage of testing for those working in schools. The mobile test unit will administer the saliva test to all those being tested.

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“The Freeholder Board is proud of this partnership, as we continue to work to keep our communities safe,” said Freeholder Chair Al Mirabella. “It is especially important that we provide a safe environment for students across the county as they navigate in-person learning during COVID-19. UC-TEST will be an important component in our ongoing efforts to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.”

The first scheduled mobile pop-up testing event will take place on Oct. 16 between 3:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. in Linden. The mobile test unit will be set up in the parking lot at the Linden Board of Education building located at 2 East Gibbons St.

The second mobile pop-up testing will take place on Oct. 27 from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the UCEA headquarters (77 Central Ave in Clark). Details on subsequent events will be forthcoming.

“Thank you to Union County for testing and accommodating our 13,000 member educators. It is our collective responsibility to minimize the spread of this virus,” said Lisa D. Palin, President of the UCEA. “First and foremost, we want to ensure a safe and effective transition in order for us to provide a traditional education for our students and families. This is just a first step and I encourage all to do their part to stop the virus.”    

For questions or more information regarding UC-TEST, education associations within Union County residents should contact Jessica Cohen, by phone at 732-713-4051 or by email at jessica.cohen@ucnj.org.  

For more information and updates on all Union County services and resources during the COVID-19 outbreak, including guidance for using the Drive-Through Test Center at Kean University and the Mobile Test Unit walk-up sites, visit the new Union County COVID-19 website at ucnj.org/covid19.