East Orange Will Serve as Federal Testing Site For All New Jersey Residents, Starting Jan. 1

The testing site will be located at 90 Halsted St. in the city’s Division of Senior Service’s Multi-Purpose Room and will offer testing for New Jersey residents up to seven days per week from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. The site will have the capacity to administer up to 1,000 rapid, nasal PCR tests per day with results being provided in approximately 24 hours.  

“We will utilize every resource that is made available to help combat the spread of the COVID-19 virus in our communities,” said Green. “We want to make testing more accessible and convenient for residents, and thanks to the ongoing support of the federal government, we have been provided the means to make that possible.” 

On Dec. 22, Green re-implemented a mask mandate for the City of East Orange amid the increase of COVID-19 cases and the emergence of the Omicron variant. To date, East Orange has a total of 10,908 positive cases, with 255 new cases reported this week, and one new death. The city is only second in Essex County behind Newark in its number of positive cases.

“The new omicron variant is spreading more easily, and our numbers of positive cases are rising rapidly,” said Griffith. “The last two years have impacted us all greatly, but with the recent increase in positive cases, as well as hospitalizations, we cannot get tired or minimize what is occurring. The pandemic is real, and we have to remain diligent in our efforts to engage all resources and partners to stop the spread. We’ve come too far to not see this through.” 

Free parking will be available at the main lot at Freeway Drive and Halsted Street with overflow parking available in two additional adjacent lots. EOPD and other partnering agencies will direct traffic control to keep the flow moving as efficiently and safely as possible.  

For questions, more information about the federal COVID-19 testing site, or to schedule an appointment, please visit www.eovaccine.org.  

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