By WILLIAM CLARK
A mobile Covid-19 testing site has been set up in Neptune just as the demand for the service has increased.
With case numbers rising due to the more virulent omicron variant, residents will have an additional resource at 1711 West Lake Ave. between Routes 35 and 71. The Township Committee approved the resolution establishing the site at its meeting this week.
The mobile unit will be available Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 9-5.
A-Z Diagnostics will provide the PCR tests. Business Administrator Gina LaPlaca said during her comments at the meeting that the township has used A-Z Diagnostics “to secure Covid testing for our employees in the past.” Rapid tests will not be available.
Those getting tested can remain in the car and in about 24 hours will be notified via mobile phone of their results, LaPlaca said. The unit will be available until the township decides the service is no longer in demand.
“I believe that people are struggling to get testing, struggling to buy home testing kits,” Mayor Nicholas Williams said in an interview the following day. “It enhances the chances for Neptune Township and other areas” to get much-needed tests.
According to Williams, people should bring their health insurance cards, otherwise, there’s a fee.
“We are watching out for our community and making it easier for people to get tested,” Williams said.