RARITAN TOWNSHIP, NJ (Hunterdon County) – Hunterdon County’s Freeholder Board this week approved expanded COVID-19 testing, in conjunction with the Hunterdon Medical Group (HMG), that will boost the availability of testing to a broader group of individuals who have frequent contact with the public, particularly first responders, and will also no longer require a physician’s prescription, starting Oct. 13, at the current test site located at 121 Route 31 South, Suite 100, in Raritan Township.
Residents seeking a test must schedule an appointment by calling 908-237-4230 or email MGDOTTesting@hhsnj.org.
Freeholder Board Director Shaun Van Doren said, “The Freeholders’ priority concern has been to make testing available for more categories of people, particularly those whose jobs put them in close contact with others and those who have had contacts with positive COVID cases.”
“Under the amended agreement with Hunterdon Medical Group, in addition to those exhibiting symptoms, the expanded program will now allow testing appointments for first responders, teachers, and other essential workers without the need for a doctor’s prescription,” Van Doren said.
Freeholder Board Deputy Director Sue Soloway, the Board’s liaison for the Department of Health, said, “The cooperative testing program between the County and HMG has been very successful so far, and the Freeholder Board is most appreciative of the hospital’s team working in collaboration with the county’s Health team to make it work effectively.”
“Expanded testing, and the County Health Department’s exceptional contact tracing program, will help health officials stay in front of any potential increased spread of the coronavirus. We greatly appreciate HMG’s willingness to work with the County on this project,” Soloway said.
Individuals who meet the following criteria can contact HMG for a COVID-19 test appointment; those that are symptomatic, individuals who have had contacts with positive COVID cases, first responders, teachers, childcare center workers, health care and hospital workers, group home staff and residents, food service and preparation workers, and other critical industry workers.
Hunterdon County Health Officer Karen DeMarco said, “Identifying cases of COVID19 through expanded testing increases the Health Department’s ability to interview cases and notify close contacts of their need to quarantine, resulting in less exposure and community spread of illness.”
“We are pleased to offer expanded testing to our community through our joint partnership with the Hunterdon County Health Department,” said LuAnn Trainer, Chief Operating Officer, Hunterdon Medical Group. Ms. Trainer added, “We want to remind our community to continue to be vigilant and wear a mask, practice social distancing and continue to wash your hands frequently. Together, we can help contain the spread of COVID-19.”