Morris County opens drive-through COVID-19 testing in Randolph

Healthcare worker administers COVID-19 test on first day of Morris County drive-through, at the County College of Morris in Randolph, March 30, 2020. Photo by Larry Ragonese / Morris County
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Morris County officials kicked the tires on Monday, and found their COVID-19 drive-through test center ran well, according to a county spokesman.

“There were no traffic jams, no website/scheduling problems, and the people who came to get tested were extremely patient and very respectful of the tough jobs facing law enforcement and medical providers at the site,” Larry Ragonese said of testing that began at the County College of Morris in Randolph.

In what was designed as a test run, some 86 appointments were scheduled, with 15-minute intervals between appointments at three drive-through tents in the CCM parking lot.

Atlantic Health workers process samples from Morris County’s COVID-19 drive-through center, March 30, 2020. Photo by Larry Ragonese / Morris County.

Another 182 appointments are scheduled for Tuesday, March 31, 2020.

County residents must register in advance, and present a doctor’s prescription and some form of I.D., to get tested.

Tests are free, the prescription can be in electronic format, and you must come in a vehicle. (No bikes or walkups.)  If you don’t drive, a friend or relative can drive you, Ragonese said.

Sign at Morris County COVID-19 drive through center, at CCM in Randolph, March 30, 2020. Photo by Larry Ragonese/ Morris County

The center is a joint operation of the Morris County Office of Emergency Management, the Office of Health Management, and the Atlantic Health System. Staff from Atlantic Health is collecting the samples.

Results should take about two days. They will be reported to the doctors who prescribed the tests, and to state health officials, said Ragonese, communications director for the county government.

At least nine test centers now are operating across New Jersey, according to the state Department of Health. They include sites in Holmdel, Jersey City, Paramus (two), Secaucus, Union, Wayne and Westhampton.

Additionally, healthcare workers are being tested by Atlantic Health in Morris Township.

Here are state guidelines about who should get tested. More information about Morris County testing is here.

This story has been updated to include additional information about testing requirements.

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Vehicle approaches tent on first day of Morris County COVID-19 drive-through testing, at the County College of Morris in Randolph, March 30, 2020. Photo by Larry Ragonese / Morris County
Car emerges from tent on first day of Morris County COVID-19 drive-through tests, at the County College of Morris in Randolph, March 30, 2020. Photo by Larry Ragonese / Morris County

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