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Essex County Executive Joe DiVincenzo. (Photo: Kevin Sanders for New Jersey Globe)

Weequahic Park testing center open next week

By Nikita Biryukov, April 10 2020 12:22 pm

Essex County officials announced COVID-19 testing center in Weequahic Park will remain be open for three days next week to test the roughly 5,000 who applied for but did not receive a testing date during the site’s original run.

“We are pleased to be able to offer additional dates to allow more residents to be tested for the Coronavirus. Testing is the most effective way to determine if a person has the virus and will help us get a handle on how far-reaching it has become,” County Executive Joe DiVincenzo, Freeholder President Brendan Gill and Freeholder Vice President Wayne Richardson said in a joint statement.

The testing facility will be open between 9 a.m. and noon on April 13, 15 and 17.

Those seeking a test must show symptoms of COVID-19, and testing is by appointment only.

The site will conduct up to 250 tests each day.

“We continue to urge our residents to take precautions to prevent the spread of the virus, which include practicing social distancing, washing their hands and staying indoors. We are in a public health crisis and the actions we take today will help reduce the virus’ impact,” the Essex officials said.

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