Hunterdon County residents can pick up two free COVID-19 PCR test kits at the Health Department starting at 9 a.m. Saturday, Jan 22, at the county complex on Route 12 in Raritan Township.
Flemington residents and employees can be tested for COVID-19 at a pop-up clinic in the borough hall parking lot on Park Avenue. The clinic, which opened on Wednesday, will be open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Friday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays.
At the county complex, those picking up the tests will be directed to drive through the county hazmat building, the same drive-thru that was used for vaccinations, and will be asked to pop open their trunk where the kits will be placed.
The state has provided a limited number of test kits, so only two kits will be distributed per vehicle.
"It is anticipated that the state’s supply of test kits will not be sufficient for the demand by residents," County Commissioner Shaun Van Doren said in a statement. "It is, at the moment, the only resources that are available. The Health Department anticipates additional test kits to be forthcoming from the state in the coming weeks.”
The PCR test kits must be mailed in by users. The turnaround time is 48 to 72 hours and Van Doren said that, because of volume, it may take longer to get results. The results will be delivered by email.
Commissioner Director John Lanza, who had called for the state to give Hunterdon more test kits earlier this month, said in a statement, "the demand for testing remains high. Many in the public are seeking COVID testing results in order to visit friends and relatives, to travel for work or pleasure, and some need tests just to return to work."
Lanza said Saturday's testing "is a good first step.”
The county's walk-in vaccination clinic at the Assembly Room, in Building 1 at the Route 12 complex, will be in open 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Jan. 27 and 5 to 7 p.m. Feb. 9. Booster shots will also be available.
In Flemington, reservations are required for the tests and can be made online at testnj.online/reg.aspx. Police officers will be on hand to check IDs and direct traffic.
Ridgewood Diagnostic Laboratory is operating the site and any questions about testing should be directed to the staff once you arrive for your test. Residents are asked not to call borough hall for information.
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