Monmouth County Will Close Its COVID Test Site Friday

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LINCROFT, NJ — Monmouth County announced Tuesday that "due to the decline in demand," the county is closing its COVID-19 testing site on the Brookdale Community College campus, effective this Friday, March 18.

However, you can still get a vaccine there if you want one. Monmouth County will still be giving out free COVID vaccines from the Montessori Children’s Learning Center on the Brookdale campus, on Tuesdays only.

“Thankfully, the demand for testing has decreased and there is no longer a need for this site to continue its operations," said Monmouth County Commissioner Tom Arnone.

Starting in January, Monmouth County hired outside medical testing firm Vault Health to provide saliva and rapid COVID tests at Brookdale.

Monmouth County used state funds to pay Vault.

COVID cases have plummeted in New Jersey: On Monday, the state announced 359 new positive tests and three COVID-related deaths or deaths with COVID. Between March 8 and March 15, Monmouth County logged 246 new positive cases of COVID-19 and six new related deaths.

According to the latest data, 66 percent of Monmouth County eligible residents are considered fully vaccinated, meaning they've received either the two shots or one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

If you need a COVID test, Monmouth County keeps a list of places to get one here:

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This article originally appeared on the Middletown Patch