Coronavirus NJ: PNC Bank Arts Center testing site almost immediately reaches capacity on second day
HOLMDEL - Just 19 minutes after being open on its second day, the new COVID-19 testing center at the PNC Bank Arts Center reached capacity and officials started turning people away.
The site has the capacity to test 2,500 people per week, Alexandria Altman, a spokesperson for the governor's office said on Monday. But, she said, the number has been limited by the federal government to 250 individuals per day.
The move to only test 250 people per day came after the launch of the Bergen County Site, where more than 1,000 people were tested in the first two days, according to the governor's office.
After evaluating the opening of the Bergen site, Altman said, "the federal government limited the specimen collection process to 250 individuals per day to ensure efficient processing and to ensure testing can be offered every day.”
The Holmdel site opens daily at 8 a.m. while supplies last, according to the governor's office. Testing is free and will be covered by the federal government or your personal insurance company. Individuals are encouraged to bring insurance cards if they have one.
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At his daily coronavirus press conference Tuesday, Gov. Phil Murphy reminded people that if they are not experiencing symptoms, they will not be tested.
As testing continues to expand, the number of positive cases for the virus is rapidly growing across the state and Murphy said it could grow well into the thousands.
But he assured people not to worry as the number of cases grows because the more testing that is done the more data health professionals will have to learn about and stop the virus.
In order to be eligible for testing, individuals must be current New Jersey residents and experiencing symptoms of respiratory illness. Priority will be given to symptomatic individuals experiencing cough, fever (99.6 degrees or above) and shortness of breath, according to a press release from Murphy's office.
When the site opened Tuesday, there were 238 positive cases in Monmouth County, 150 in Ocean County and 2,844 across the state, with more than 900 new cases reported statewide on Monday.