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Drive-through coronavirus testing center being created at SCCC in Newton

NEWTON, NJ (Sussex County) – Sussex County is completing the process of creating a drive-through coronavirus testing site located in a parking area at the Sussex County Community College in Newton, officials announced Friday.

Residents may see the presence of tents that are being erected at the site, which is expected to serve only symptomatic persons who have prescriptions for testing from their medical providers when it opens.

“I’m proud of the efforts of the Office of Emergency Management and the persistence of our County Administrator in his steadfast pursuit of securing a commitment with a partnering healthcare agency, Atlantic Health System,” Deputy Freeholder Director Dawn Fantasia said. “We are grateful to Morris County for their support and partnership that provided testing to our residents as we secured all of the necessary components for the Sussex site.”

The Sussex County Division of Health and the Sheriff’s Office of Emergency Management are creating the drive-through center in partnership with Atlantic Health System. Other partners in this venture are Sussex County Sheriff’s Office and Sussex County Community College. Special thanks to Morris County for its logistical and operational guidance.

“Our County administration, especially County Administrator Greg Poff, County Emergency Management Coordinator Sheriff Mike Strada and team, and our health department have worked hard, with very limited resources, to stand up our own testing center. Now we can focus our much needed effort on safely getting our economy started again,” Freeholder Josh Hertzberg said.

The opening of the testing facility is contingent on the receipt of necessary medical equipment. More specific details on the operation of the testing center will be made public in the coming days.

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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