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Sussex County to close its COVID-19 testing center

NEWTON, NJ (Sussex County) –  The County of Sussex will be closing down the COVID-19 testing center
at Sussex County Community College, effective Friday, June 19, due to a downtrend in testing
since its opening on May 22.

“The demand for tests at our County testing center has dropped to a point where we have to consider the allocation of our already limited resources and staff,” said Sussex County Freeholder Anthony Fasano, liaison for Sussex County’s Division of Health. “However, our residents should know that if the demand for COVID-19 testing goes back up, so will our testing center.”

From Friday, May 8, through Wednesday, June 10, there were 328 tests performed at the college testing site, with 247 of them negative and nine with positive results. There are 64 test results still pending, with 55 of those tests performed on June 5, June 8 and June 10, with none of the results to those tests yet available.

“There were 10 tests performed on June 10 and only 11 tests scheduled for June 12. He said county residents can still be tested in the county at the CVS stores in Sparta and Byram; and as long as it remains open, the test site at the County College of Morris,” Sussex County Administrator Greg Poff said.

The county hosts an interactive map of test sites which is available at sussex.nj.us/covid19 and the state’s map of test sites is available at covid19.nj.gov.

Sussex County residents who would like to schedule a test at the Sussex County Community College testing center on or before June 19, should visit sussex.nj.us/covid19 and click on “Drive-Thru Test Center.”

Warren County suspended their operations of its drive-thru COVID-19 testing center at the end of May, as the State of New Jersey moves to make testing more readily available at other locations, officials said.

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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