SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ - The MyInstaDoc Facility located in Monroe Township continues to be the only drive-thru Coronavirus testing facility in Middlesex County. Cars have been lining around the parking lot all week waiting for their turn to pull into a tent set up next to the clinic, where patients are given a full screening and a test for COVID-19. As of today, there are 316 positive cases of COVID-19 in the county, the second-most in the state.
All patients have to pre-register on the website and are given a time slot for their appointment. To get an appointment, patients need to show symptoms of the virus and be referred by a doctor before arriving. On the first day of being opened, the facility saw over 100 patients at the site.
David Kolakowski is the chief financial officer of Central Jersey Urgent Care, which is a consolidated entity with the MyInstaDoc facility. The Central Jersey Urgent Care group is currently running six other drive-thru testing sites in Monmouth County. Kolakowski said that they picked this facility in Monroe due to its locational availability to the rest of the county and its wide-open parking lot.
As of now, the facility has six medical professionals working within the tent giving out the test to patients, the inside of the facility has four who treat all other patients. All the positive test results are sent to three different locations, the Middlesex County Health Department, the New Jersey Department of Health and health departments at a federal level.
Along with a Coronavirus test, the clinic must give a full examination to patients under the tent, including a check of vitals and other viruses outside COVID-19. Because of this, patients can classify their appointment as a routine office visit and are covered by their insurance. According to Kolakowski, the clinic is doing this at the recommendation of the health insurance companies. Those who do not have insurance can pay a $99 fee to get tested.
Kolakowski has said that the clinic will not be collecting deductibles from the drive-thru clinic during the pandemic, a policy that they felt was important to make testing cheaper and more widely available.
As of now, Kolakowski said that the MyInstaDoc facility is the only drive-thru testing facility that in operation in Middlesex County for the foreseeable future. Central Jersey Urgent Care is currently trying to open up another drive-thru at their main facility in Somerset, they are unable to do so due to a zoning restriction. They are also working closely with a nonprofit to set up another tent in Central Jersey, according to Kolakowski.