ESSEX COUNTY, NJ – Three additional testing dates have been scheduled for the COVID-19 testing site at Weequahic Park in Newark. Appointments will be scheduled for Monday, Wednesday and Friday of next week from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. with 250 tests available each day, according to a joint statement from Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr., Freeholder President Brendan Gill and Vice President Wayne Richardson
The testing site is for Essex County residents only and by appointment only. Residents must arrive by car and can register for an appointment at www.EssexCOVID.org.
“We are pleased to be able to offer additional dates to allow more residents to be tested for the Coronavirus. Testing is the most effective way to determine if a person has the virus and will help us get a handle on how far-reaching it has become,” DiVincenzo, Gill and Richardson said in a joint statement. “We continue to urge our residents to take precautions to prevent the spread of the virus, which include practicing social distancing, washing their hands and staying indoors. We are in a public health crisis and the actions we take today will help reduce the virus’ impact,” they said.
To get an appointment, residents must complete an online screening process at www.EssexCOVID.org. Anyone wishing to be tested must meet specific criteria, which includes a fever of at least 99.6 degrees and respiratory symptoms of shortness of breath. The screening includes several health-related questions and requests details of any symptoms they have related to the coronavirus. Upon completion of the survey, they will be informed if they are eligible for the screening. If they are eligible, a confirmation number will be provided which must be brought with them to their appointment.
If someone does not have internet access, they can register by calling the Essex County Office of Emergency Management at 973-324-9950. The call-in center will be open form 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. An operator will help them complete the initial survey and issue the confirmation number. Residents must bring the confirmation number with them to their appointment.
Tests are free of charge to Essex County residents. Having health insurance is not a requirement. Follow-up contact will be made to assess the continuing health of the person who completed the screening.
Medical personnel from RWJBarnabas Health System, Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, University Hospital, Hackensack Hospital, Essex County Hospital and nurses from public schools in Essex County are staffing the testing sites and call-in center. Security at the site is being provided by the Essex County Sheriff’s Office and Newark Police Department.
“We thank the nurses, law enforcement officers and first responders who have stepped up to the front lines by working at our testing site. We appreciate their professionalism and for making our site run smoothly and efficiently,” DiVincenzo, Gill and Richardson said.
Essex County will continue to administer the virus screening as long as supplies of test kits, gowns, facial masks and gloves last.