MONMOUTH COUNTY – Freeholder Deputy Director Susan M. Kiley provided an update on the recently launched COVID-19 free testing program in Monmouth County.
She said, “since the program’s kickoff on Tuesday, July 21, more than 600 tests have been administered at various testing locations including Asbury Park, Freehold Borough, Keansburg and Long Branch. Free testing will begin in Neptune and Red Bank this Friday and Saturday respectively.”
“Fortunately, out of the nearly 500 tests administered during the first week of this free testing program at the Asbury Park, Freehold Borough, Keansburg and Long Branch locations, only seven tests have come back positive,” she added.
Kiley explained that these low positivity percentages can be attributed to wearing masks, practicing social distancing and getting tested for COVID-19, but warned that summer parties could cause outbreaks of positive cases.
“I understand it is a beautiful summer, but we are still in the midst of an international health pandemic. This should not be taken lightly. I strongly encourage all those who choose to attend these gathering to stay vigilant with the purpose of protecting vulnerable populations,” she said.
Kiley also urged residents to be careful as “the prospect of joining in on these get-togethers may have grim, severe consequences.”
The testing site locations, dates and hours of operation are posted on the County’s website at visitmonmouth.com.
The Freeholders committed $250,000 of CARES Act funding to the testing program, matched by the Grunin Foundation. The Grunin Foundation works with businesses and nonprofits to help provide inclusive access to arts, culture, education, healthcare and economic opportunities.
“Appointments are not necessary to be tested. Residents can walk up during open hours and a health professional will conduct the test, whether they are symptomatic or not, which consists of a nasal or oral swab,” she said.
County residents who are tested must provide their contact information to receive their test results. The Monmouth County Health Department will conduct contact tracing for all residents who test positive. The testing site locations, dates and hours of operation will be posted on visitmonmouth.com.