MAPLEWOOD/SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — Both SOMA towns had COVID-19 testing stations this past week.

Yesterday, June 5, “We tested a total of 370 residents, mostly from South Orange,” reported Scott Egelberg, South Orange OEM Coordinator. This editor was in one of approximately 250 cars to drive through and get a nasal swab test; it can be reported that the test was tickly but not at all painful. Those swabbed were told they would receive the results in about three days. 

At the Essex County Satellite Testing Site at the Maplewood Community Pool parking lot on June 4, 203 people were tested. The next satellite testing event will be on Tuesday, June 9, at the Nutley Parks and Recreation Building, 44 Park Avenue, Nutley. Two hundred appointments will be available.Additional dates will be announced as they are set.

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The Weequahic Park testing site will be held from 9 a.m. to noon on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays during June; appointments are required. Additional dates will be added. 

Essex County residents ages 13 and older, with or without symptoms, are encouraged to get tested. Residents are encouraged to get retested if they have taken the swab or saliva tests 14 days ago or more and have received negative test results. Testing is provided free of charge; health insurance is not required.

To make an appointment, residents should visit or call 973-324-9950. They will be required to complete a short questionnaire. When finished, they will be provided with an appointment time and a confirmation number. Residents should bring the confirmation number with them. They are asked to arrive 15 minutes before their scheduled appointment. Residents taking the COVID-19 saliva test should not eat, drink, smoke or chew gum 30 minutes prior to arrival.

Further testing will be available in Maplewood in the coming week at the OEM building on Boyden Avenue: 


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