Ocean County College Tests will now be administered by Immediate Care
Editor's Note: This article has been updated to clarify that Ocean County is using Immediate Care to take care of the testing. Immediate Care is not involved with the vaccine process at OCC.
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As they look to expand vaccination sites, the Ocean County Health Department is making a call to the bullpen for some relief at the OCC Drive-Thru testing site.
Ocean County Public Health Coordinator Dan Regenye, who laid out the OCHD plans recently to expand vaccination sites and bring in some providers to help in the testing effort, made the announcement on Wednesday of the official move at OCC.
“Making this change from Ocean County Health Department and hospital personnel will help us as we begin to expand our vaccination clinic capacity throughout the County,” Regenye said in a statement. “We have been working in close coordination with the Ocean County Board of Commissioners to make this transition which will take place on Friday, March 26.”
Regenye said that Immediate Care will handle the operations of the coronavirus testing site located at Ocean County College.
The Covid-19 tests will continue to be administered, by Immediate Care, indoors at the Gateway Building on the Ocean County College campus between 9 am and 3 pm on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
To schedule an appointment for a COVID 19 test at the college, visit https://www.solvhealth.com/book-online/gNNVXg and bring along Identification and insurance card to the testing site.
“Testing shows if you have the virus even if you are asymptomatic,” Regenye said. “This can help reduce the spread of the virus so long as people quarantine. We have always encouraged our residents to get tested."
The move to bring in Immediate Care frees up some OCHD volunteers and staff to assist in the vaccination expansion effort.
“We continue our planning of new clinic sites in addition to reviewing a host of opportunities to get our residents and in particular our seniors vaccinated,” Ocean County Commissioner Director Gary Quinn said in a statement. “Having staff available is key once we start to see an increase in the number of vaccines we are getting from the state. That number remains at about 3,000 per week to our health department. We are optimistic that will change in the near future and we will see those numbers increase.”
You can call 732-380-5079 or 1-833-544-0288 if you have any general questions about the coronavirus, exposure, quarantine and spread, contact tracing, testing and the vaccine.
There are other locations and testing sites for asymptomatic people that have opened throughout the state with some located in Ocean County which can be found at https://covid19.nj.gov/pages/testing and https://covid19.nj.gov/pages/testing#test-sites.