MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Maplewood Township will be renewing the free COVID-19 testing they instituted last year at a different location.
Health Officer Candice Davenport said that the COVID testing is beginning today and running through April 30, Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
“This would be particularly relevant to anyone who has traveled over spring break,” Davenport said in an email. “If a person has been exposed to a suspect or positive COVID case, it is recommended to get tested even if they are not showing symptoms.”
Davenport reported that as of April 2, Maplewood has 1,383 cumulative cases of COVID-19, with the current seven-day average standing at seven new cases per day.
Testing will be at the lot at the corner of Yale and Springfield Avenue instead of the Maplewood pool parking lot as in the past. Testing is provided by the NJ COVID Team/ Salerno Medical; the same group that provided COVID testing last year. They will provide multiple types of COVID testing: nasal swab, throat swab or saliva collection. The NJ COVID Team will notify patients of their results in 24-48 hours.
“Although more COVID vaccine is becoming available to the general adult population, it is still important to offer community wide testing, especially for those who are not fully vaccinated yet,” said Davenport.
The NJ COVID Team provides testing for those 8 years of age and older. COVID antibody testing, through bloodwork, is also offered at this site. Testing for COVID antibodies identifies if you have developed immunity because of past infection, or through vaccination.
Schedule an appointment at www.njcovidteam.com. Walk-ins are also accepted. Social distancing and face masks are required onsite.
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