New Jersey is among one of the hardest hits states in terms of coronavirus cases and fatalities, and that has caused Gov. Phil Murphy to impose strict social distancing measures, with more to possibly come out over the weekend.
But while the Garden State became a bigger laughingstock due to some Oompa Loompas from Staten Island washing up on our shore, we don’t mess around and get things done when the sh*t hits the fan.
In an effort to beef up testing and ensure that residents can be readily tested in a safe and controlled environment, New Jersey will reportedly be using its famed Arts Center in Holmdel to perform Covid-19 testing for residents.
However, just because the tents are going up doesn’t mean it’s ready for customers.
“We understand a good number of people are looking to get tested but this site won’t be open until there is a formal announcement,” said Sen. Declan O’Scanlon and Assemblywoman Serena DiMaso (R-Monmouth) in a joint statement Friday. “It is our understanding that [the announcement] is a few days away,” they said.
The PNC Arts Center site is quite similar to another FEMA site that opened Friday at Bergen County Community College. Priority for testing at the Bergen site is being given to those who have symptoms of the coronavirus such as fever, a cough or other respiratory symptoms, and shortness of breath.
Once a destination to get wasted during Ozzfest, the arts center will soon become a heavenly beacon of light. The site is designed to process as many as 5,000 tests per day and will serve as a supplement to the testing already being done by state and private labs, state health officials said earlier this week.