Ocean County Press Release
TOMS RIVER – Ocean County will continue to provide coronavirus tests during the week of April 13 at the drive thru testing site at Ocean County College, here. Appointments will be available on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
"Ocean County has again been able to secure additional tests for Ocean County residents allowing us to continue the testing," said Ocean County Freeholder Director Joseph H. Vicari. "I extend the appreciation of the Board of Freeholders to the hospitals, the Ocean County Health Department, Ocean County College, and our Office of Emergency Management that have helped run this test site. The testing has gone very smoothly and all the agencies working there have gone above and beyond to make sure those giving the tests are safe and the public receiving the rests are also protected."
Appointments are scheduled in advance for Ocean County residents. The site is open 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., weather permitting. So far, 1,513 Ocean County citizens have been tested for coronavirus at the site. Appointments are still available for Friday, April 10.
"We are meeting the testing needs of our residents and will reduce the number of test days to three at the college," said Ocean County Public Health Coordinator Daniel Regenye. "Should the need exist we will open up to five days again.
"Because of the limited number of tests we have, it still remains imperative that people follow the requirements to be tested at the college," he said. "We do not want anyone to show up at this testing site without following the requirements we have put in place. We are not going to do any health screenings at the site. It is just for testing for the virus."
Ocean County Health Department officials are reminding residents of the requirements to be tested include:
• You must be an Ocean County resident and have identification.
• You must have a healthcare practitioner script.
• You must make an online appointment at www.ochd.org.
• You must be symptomatic.
• You should enter the Ocean County College campus from the Hooper Avenue entrance.
Regenye said that any practitioner (including Nurse Practitioner, Advanced Practice Nurse, Medical Doctor, Physician Assistant etc.) who has "prescriptive" privileges in New Jersey can write a script for COVID testing, it does not necessarily have to be a physician.
In addition, Regenye stressed that with many health care providers currently doing telemedicine, individuals do not need to see a physician in person to obtain the necessary script.
"Many health care providers are now doing telemedicine and are offering this service remotely and in the spirit of social distancing," Regenye said. "Please do not unnecessarily expose healthcare workers or others in an attempt to obtain a physician's order. Please use telemedicine when appropriate during this challenging time."
The hospitals assisting in staffing the testing site - both Hackensack Meridian Health and RWJ Barnabas Healthcare System - have telemedicine opportunities to assist Ocean County residents obtain the required healthcare practitioner script before traveling to the testing center.
The telemedicine services at the hospitals can be accessed at:
? Hackensack Meridian Health (Ocean Medical Center, Southern Ocean Medical Center) https://www.hackensackmeridianhealth.org/covid19/
? RWJ Barnabas Healthcare System (Community Medical Center, Monmouth Medical Center Southern Campus) www.RWJBHtelemed.org use code RWJBH15
"I want to extend my appreciation to all of the residents going through the site. I know this is difficult for them but they are following the requirements and that insures everyone's safety," said Ocean County Sheriff Michael G. Mastronardy, who serves as the Coordinator of the Ocean County Office of Emergency Management, which is overseeing the site. "If you haven't registered and if you don't have a doctor's prescription we cannot provide you with a test. I cannot stress this enough," he said.
Partners in the testing site include U.S. Rep. Chris Smith, the Ocean County Board of Chosen Freeholders, the Ocean County Office of Emergency Management under Sheriff Mastronardy, the Ocean County Health Department, RWJ Barnabas Health Southern Region and Hackensack Meridian Health and Ocean County College under the leadership of College President Dr. Jon Larson.
"Residents remain in their cars and medical personnel perform a nasal swab," said Ocean County Freeholder Gerry P. Little, who is liaison to the Ocean County Health Department. "We are working to make this convenient and more importantly safe for the public, the health care providers on site and staff."
Once the test has been performed, it's anticipated to take about three to five days for results to be returned.
"All the results will be available on the BioReference Laboratories Patient Portal: Bioreference.com/patients/ and through the Ocean County Health Department residents will be notified whether they test positive or negative," Regenye said.
The most common symptoms of COVID 19 are fever, fatigue, a dry cough and shortness of breath.
Ocean County will also establish a process to ensure that people with test results are informed in a timely manner and provided with guidance, consultation and next steps.