CEDAR GROVE, NJ - While many of us are working from home, our first responders are on the frontline battling the COVID-19 pandemic. Cedar Grove Deputy Mayor Kerry Peterson is one of the many working on the frontline.
A registered nurse who works for Atlantic Healthcare, Peterson is part of a team that is testing potential COVID-19 patients in a drive-thru set up in Morris County.
“I feel like it’s my responsibility as a nurse to do this,” Peterson said. “I pray with each swab that it’s negative. I’m not worried about being exposed because I’m trained and have gear on.”
Patients are first identified by their primary care physician based on symptoms as likely having the virus and warranting the test. Peterson and other medical staff are on hand to administer the swab test.
“The most important thing is for everyone to do their part to help stop this,” Peterson noted. “That means listening to our health officials and staying home. No group gatherings, no play dates or parties, and we have a chance.”
Peterson is working a 12-hour shift today and scheduled for additional 12-hour shifts each day through Saturday.
There are currently 427 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in New Jersey according to the NJ Department of Health.