Press Release

For Immediate Release: August 11, 2020

County Reaches Milestone of 100 days of COVID-19 Testing at Kean Drive-Thru Testing Center

Union County, NJ – The Union County COVID-19 Drive-Thru Testing Center marked a milestone this past week, completing 100 days of testing, and has administered a total of 40,226 COVID-19 tests  to residents, essential employees and first responders.

 “Union County is proud to have been the first County-run drive-thru testing site in the State of New Jersey,” said Freeholder Chair Alexander Mirabella. “The dedication of the volunteers and medical personnel over the past few months has resulted in thousands of our residents and first responders gaining access to critically needed testing. We will continue to work with our partners to ensure that testing is available to all in need. ”

The Union County COVID-19 Drive-Thru Testing Center currently administers an average of between 650-700 tests per day. Currently the positivity rate for those tested at the testing center is at 3%.

Dozens of volunteers have been working at the testing center since the opening in mid-March. Under the umbrella of Union County’s Department of Public Safety, a number of County employees from various departments have been reassigned to work at the test center since the spring in multiple capacities. Medical personnel at the site also includes volunteers from Atlantic Health, Trinitas and Robert Wood Johnson, as well as nursing students and other medical professionals.

“We are proud of all the volunteers who have selflessly come day after day to continue the testing and contact tracing efforts,” said Union County Public Safety Director Andrew Moran. “The goal is to get a clear and current picture of the spread of COVID-19 in Union County and adequate testing is the first step toward ensuring the safety of our residents during this pandemic.”

Those interested in volunteering at the Union County COVID-19 Drive-Thru Testing Center can contact the Union County Department of Health by calling 908-518-5620 for more information.

For more information and updates on all Union County services during the COVID-19 outbreak, including guidance for using the Drive-Through Test Center at Kean University and a list of locations for walk-up tests, visit ucnj.org/coronavirus-update.

For general information about COVID-19 and phone contacts for 24/7 assistance with questions, visit the New Jersey Department of Health at nj.gov/health.

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