Brick Township officials will use federal funds to provide free testing for coronavirus disease (Covid-19) for its residents at a drive-through site.
Mayor John Ducey said Tuesday night that the township has contracted with Ridgewood Diagnostic to set up a drive-through coronavirus testing site in the parking lot of Brick Beach III on Route 35 North. Insurance will be accepted from those who have it, however no co-pays will be required. Anyone without insurance will still be able to obtain a test at no charge. The site will be open to Brick residents only.
The testing site is scheduled to be open Dec. 14, 15 and 17, and Dec. 21, 22 and 23, from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Appointments are not required, but it is preferred that residents fill out an online form that is linked from this PDF file on the township’s website.
“It’s something that a lot of people have been calling me about,” said Mayor John Ducey, who organized a team of township employees to search for a mobile testing unit that could come directly to Brick for its own residents. “I’ve seen people who have been sitting in long lines over the past ten days or so, and we wanted to make lives easier.”
The large Brick Beach III parking lot, since it is rarely used during the winter and has painted rows to organize vehicles, plus defined entrance and exit points, was decided as the best location.
“It’s the easiest place where you can drive in and drive out, and it’s a big area in case cars line up,” Ducey said.
Officials also touted the expected speed of the test. In the case someone tests positive for the virus, they will be notified within 24 hours, the mayor said.