COVID-19 Testing: NJ Recommends Next Steps for Residents
Monday, March 30, 2020
Testing for COVID-19, a key to ending the outbreak, is accelerating. Morris County today opened its second drive-through COVID-19 patient testing center at the County College of Morris in Randolph. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration, meanwhile, approved a new COVID-19 test that can detect the virus in as little as five minutes.
Morris County residents who have a prescription from a doctor can make an appointment online to be tested at the new center online. If you have questions, call the Morris County hotline at (973) 829-8250 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.
The Sussex County Sussex Division of Health has created a COVID-19 hotline. Residents may call (973) 579-9488 to speak with a health division staff member or Sussex County Medical Reserve Corps volunteer. The hotline is open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. Useful information can be found at: https://covid19.nj.gov or by dialing 2-1-1.
New developments are ramping up testing capabilities. Abbott Labs reported it is manufacturing tests that can give positive results within 5 minutes and negative results within 13 minutes. An estimated 50,000 tests per day are expected to be delivered starting sometime this week, according to the company’s website.
New Jersey has issued the following guidelines for residents who get tested. If you test positive, click here. If you test negative, click here.
NewBridge Services has information about taking care of your mental health, as well as advice for caring for seniors and children here. If you are feeling overwhelmed by anxiety and fear, contact NewBridge at 973-316-9333.