Monmouth To Increase Number Of COVID Tests At Testing Locations

Nicole Rosenthal
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FREEHOLD, NJ – As part of the County’s COVID-19 Free Testing Program, the number of tests administered at each testing site, including Red Bank’s Pilgrim Baptist Church location, will be increased from 100 to 150 tests beginning on Nov. 17, the Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders announced Friday.

“My fellow Freeholders and I realize the importance of increased testing in order to mitigate the spread of COVID-19,” said Freeholder Director Thomas A. Arnone. “It is also important to remember to do our part to protect our family, friends and community by practicing social distancing, wearing a face covering, washing our hands and staying home when sick.”

Monmouth County will offer free COVD-19 testing for County residents at locations that allow tests to be administered indoors and, weather permitting, outdoors.

Here are the testing dates for the upcoming week:

  • Tuesday, Nov. 17 in Red Bank from 4 to 7 p.m., Pilgrim Baptist Church, 172 Shrewsbury Ave.

  • Wednesday, Nov. 18 in Asbury Park from 4 to 7 p.m., Asbury Park Transportation Center, 1 Municipal Plaza

  • Thursday, Nov. 19 in Keansburg from 9 a.m. to noon, New Point Comfort Firehouse, 192 Carr Ave.

  • Saturday, Nov. 21 in Freehold from 9 a.m. to noon, Freehold Borough Fire Department (Main Building), 49 W. Main St.

“The Monmouth County Health Department and Office of Emergency Management have done a tremendous job of establishing the free testing locations and administering more than 4,000 tests since July,” said Freeholder Deputy Director Susan M. Kiley.

“We strongly urge residents who have been exposed to COVID-19, whether symptomatic and asymptomatic, to get tested at any of the testing sites offered throughout the County.”

As of Nov. 9, the Monmouth County Health Department (MCHD) has administered 4,036 tests, with 112 positive results, as part of the County’s COVID-19 Free Testing Program, which began in July. MCHD is conducting contact tracing for all residents who test positive.

Residents with general questions or concerns about the COVID-19 are able to contact the MCHD phone bank by calling 732-845-2070 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Residents can visit the MCHD at www.visitmonmouth.com/health for general information related to COVID-19. Locals can also visit the NJ 211 website for additional information at www.nj211.org/coronavirus-covid-19 or by dialing 2-1-1.

A daily town-by-town breakdown of new COVID-19 cases can be accessed here.

This article originally appeared on the Red Bank-Shrewsbury Patch