Even though the number of new omicron cases continues to decline, tens of thousands of New Jersey residents are still seeking to get tested for COVID every day.
A new federal testing facility has just opened in Galloway, at a University of Stockton residence hall less than a mile from the main campus, which will provide up to 1,000 COVID tests per day, 7 days a week.
Omicron not finished yet
After touring the facility with Atlantic County, state officials and representatives of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Governor Phil Murphy said, “While it appears the tsunami omicron finally withdraws, we are not able to say that we are on dry ground. ”
The governor stressed that increasing testing capacity in Jersey was still important.
“Testing has been a critical tool that has kept us above the rapidly increasing number of cases, testing allows us to identify trouble spots and anticipate where resources need to go,” he said. he declares.
Why testing is important
Murphy emphasized “when you get tested and know your COVID status, you can take the necessary steps and precautions to not only protect yourself and your family, but to further slow the spread in your community.”
“Sites like this are how we get ahead of COVID to stay, so we can bring our state and our communities back to a much-needed sense of normalcy,” he said.
New Jersey now has more than 1,000 testing sites located throughout the Garden State.
“Omicron flooded us once, we don’t want that to happen again, and it can happen if we let our guard down,” he said.
Murphy stressed that appointments aren’t required at the new site, but Atlantic County officials are suggesting those who want to be tested pre-register to limit the risk of backups.
He added that there are literally testing sites all over the state, and to find one nearest you, go to covid19.nj.gov and click on the link to test.
The new facility will be operational for at least the next 3 weeks.
Another test site in partnership with FEMA was opened at the end of December in East Orange.
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