Montgomery Township launches COVID-19 testing site as weekly cases break record again

Montgomery Township has launched a COVID-19 testing site in the overflow parking lots of Montgomery High School. PCR tests will be offered at the site from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday of this week. The location may move to another site on weekdays next week, officials said.

The testing clinic is designed to handle more than 1,000 tests per day. When you arrive for a test, you will need to wait outside in a line, so dress for cold weather. Walk-ups are possible, but the companies managing the site, Central Jersey Urgent care and Carbon Health, recommend that you pre-register via an online form. he test is self-administered and takes about a minute to complete. Someone will assist you with the nose swab test instructions. You will then place the swab in a test tube and hand the sample in. Results will be delivered via a secure portal in 24 to 48 hours.

You will need to upload a picture of your photo identification card and 2022 health insurance card when you register. If you do not pre-register, bring the physical copies of your documents to the test location. Officials said whether or not you have insurance, you will not be charged for your test.

Montgomery Health Officer Devangi Patel said 189 residents of Montgomery and Rocky Hill have tested positive for COVID-19 over a five-day period, making this the third record-breaking week in a row for COVID cases. There have been no new hospitalizations or deaths.

“With the surging number of cases locally, I strongly recommend that everyone wear masks when out and about, particularly in business establishments,” Patel said. “Fortunately, because our community is highly vaccinated, our cases are relatively mild and often asymptomatic.”

The Montgomery Township Health Department will hold COVID-19 vaccination clinics for first, second, and booster doses on Friday at the Princeton Elks Lodge and on Saturday at the Otto Kaufman Community Center. The Friday clinic will be held from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. and is for anyone 12 and older. All three vaccines will be offered. The Saturday clinic is for children ages 5 to 11. The Pfizer pediatric vaccine will be administered from 10 a.m. to noon. Pre-registration through the New Jersey vaccination scheduling system is recommended but not required.

“It is incredibly important that we get our children vaccinated and our adults boosted,” Patel said. “This is how we avoid hospitalizations and deaths amid the surging Omicron variant.”