NEW JERSEY – U.S. Congressman Josh Gottheimer (NJ-5) on Sunday requested that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) establish an additional drive-through COVID-19 testing site to serve the residents of Warren and Sussex Counties, New Jersey.
The New Jersey Department of Health (NJDOH) has reported that the pandemic has not yet peaked in New Jersey and is expected to worsen in the coming weeks, Gottheimer said.
New Jersey already has the unfortunate ranking of the second largest outbreak by total number of cases — second only to New York, Gottheimer said.
The number of positive cases in Warren and Sussex Counties has steadily increased in the past days and weeks, but without a drive-through testing site, these Counties are at higher risk for these numbers to increase, Gottheimer said.
“Accurate detection and containment of the Coronavirus is our best chance to flatten the curve and reduce the spread of this virus. Therefore, I strongly urge you to support a new drive-through testing center in Warren and Sussex Counties until the peak of infections has begun its decline,” Gottheimer wrote in a letter to FEMA Administrator Peter Gaynor. “As we have heard consistently from local medical professionals, the current lack of testing options in these Counties is likely leading to a large undercount of the population that may have contracted Coronavirus (COVID-19). Testing is key to treatment and to flattening the curve.”
It is vital that everyone in North Jersey continues to take the proper precautions to combat the spread of the coronavirus, including self-quarantine and social distancing, Gottheimer said.
The Freeholder Boards in Hunterdon and Warren County recently petitioned Governor Phil Murphy to request a federally supported COVID-19 test site for the western New Jersey area, similar to the request the Governor made for South Jersey last week.
Warren County, in partnership with St. Luke’s University Hospital Network (SLUHN),announced Sunday they will be opening a COVID-19 drive-thru testing site at the Warren County Technical School, located at 1500 Route 57, in Franklin Township, NJ 07882 for Warren County residents only beginning on Wednesday.