WEST ORANGE, NJ — Essex County is expanding its COVID-19 testing initiative to include satellite-testing sites throughout the county, including a mobile testing site that will be opened at Essex County Richard J. Codey Arena (560 Northfield Avenue) West Orange with 250 appointments available beginning on Thursday, May 28.
Satellite sites in West Orange, Roseland and Cedar Grove will offer saliva tests beginning this Thursday, while the Weequahic Park site will continue to offer nasal swab testing. Testing at the satellites is available to symptomatic as well as asymptomatic people.
“Instead of doing the nasal swab that we’ve been doing at Weequahic Park, we’re going to be doing the saliva test that was developed by Rutgers,” Essex County Public Information Director Anthony Puglisi said at last week’s West Orange Township Council meeting. “That will enable us to do even more tests per day, and I’ve been told […] it’s even quicker than the nasal swab test.”
Puglisi also assured the West Orange community that the county is committed to ramping up testing and plans to “reassess the situation” at the end of the month.
“Unfortunately, Essex County leads the state in the number of deaths caused by the coronavirus,” said Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr. “Our fight against this deadly disease is far from over, and we must remain vigilant and aggressive to combat it. Testing is a critical tool that will tell us exactly how widespread the virus is and who has been infected.”
Tests throughout the county will continue to be distributed by appointment only and are free to Essex County residents. Pre-registration can be filled out on Essex County’s COVID-19 hub at www.EssexCovid.org or by calling 973-324-9950.
“Whether you are exhibiting symptoms of the coronavirus or not, we encourage residents to make an appointment and get tested. We want to make it as easy as possible for Essex residents to have access to testing. The Weequahic site has been hugely successful, and offering other satellite testing sites will make getting tested more convenient.”
Freeholder President Brendan Gill added that the county’s primary focus during the pandemic has been to keep Essex County residents healthy and safe and that establishing theses COVID-19 Satellite Testing Sites is “an important step in protecting the health of our residents and our communities.”
“Widespread testing is crucial to stopping the spread of the virus, and our Satellite Testing sites will be of significant help in this regard,” he said. “I thank our county administration and our health professionals, for their hard work in implementing this latest COVID-19 testing initiative.”
Freeholder Vice President Wayne Richardson also noted that expanding testing capabilities within the county “is the proper course of action” and implored all residents to “take advantage of the Satellite Testing Sites to get themselves tested.”
Satellite testing will be held at the following locations:
- Thursday, May 21st, Essex Golf Center, 600 Eagle Rock Avenue, Roseland. 200 appointments will be available.
- Tuesday, May 26th, Essex County Public Works-Fleet Maintenance, 99 West Bradford Avenue, Cedar Grove. 200 appointments will be available.
- Thursday, May 28th, Essex County Richard J. Codey Arena, 560 Northfield Avenue, West Orange. 250 appointments will be available.
The Weequahic Park testing site is held from 9 a.m. to noon on Wednesdays, May 20 and 27; and Fridays, May 22 and 29. (No testing will be done on Memorial Day, May 25.)
Additional dates will be added at all locations in June.
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.