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Essex County Executive DiVincenzo Announces Expansion of Coronavirus Testing to Include Satellite Sites Throughout Essex County in Addition to Weequahic Park

Updated: May 19, 3:30 p.m.

Essex County, NJ – Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr. announced that Essex County is expanding its COVID-19 testing initiative to include satellite testing sites throughout the County in addition to continuing to operate its drive through testing center in Weequahic Park. The satellite sites will offer saliva tests and will begin on Thursday, May 21st; the Weequahic Park site will continue to offer nasal swab testing. The tests are by appointment only and are being offered to Essex County residents free of charge. To make an appointment, please visit www.EssexCovid.org or call 973-324-9950.

As of Monday, May 18th, Essex County has the highest number of COVID-19-related deaths in New Jersey with 1,550 and the third highest number of positive cases with 16,712. Bergen and Hudson Counties have more positive cases than Essex.

Satellite Testing will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. at the following locations:

  • Thursday, May 21st, Essex Golf Center, 600 Eagle Rock Avenue, Roseland. 200 appointments will be available.
  • Tuesday, May 26th, Essex County Public Works-Fleet Maintenance, 99 West Bradford Avenue, Cedar Grove. 200 appointments will be available.
  • Thursday, May 28th, Essex County Richard J. Codey Arena, 560 Northfield Avenue, West Orange. 250 appointments will be available.
  • Additional dates will be announced.

The Weequahic Park testing site will be held from 9 a.m. to 12 noon on Wednesdays, May 20th and 27th; and Fridays, May 22nd and 29th. (No testing will be done on Memorial Day, May 25th.) Additional dates will be added in June.

Testing is available to all Essex County residents whether they are showing symptoms of the virus or are asymptomatic. Residents are encouraged to get retested if they have taken the swab or saliva tests 14 days ago or more and have received negative test results.

To make an appointment, residents should visit www.EssexCOVID.org or call 973-324-9950. They will be required to complete a short questionnaire. When finished, they will be provided with an appointment time and a confirmation number. Residents should bring the confirmation number with them. They are asked to arrive 15 minutes before their scheduled appointment. Residents taking the COVID-19 saliva test should not eat, drink, smoke or chew gum 30 minutes prior to arrival.

Essex County opened its COVID-19 testing center in Weequahic Park on March 26th and has been conducting nasal swab testing on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. As of May 12th, 4,901 tests have been administered in Weequahic Park with 1,839 of those tests being positive.

Essex County Executive DiVincenzo, Freeholder President Gill and Vice President Richardson announce Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) screenings will continue in Essex County Weequahic Park

Updated: April 4, 2:30 p.m.

Essex County, NJ – Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr., Freeholder President Brendan Gill and Vice President Wayne Richardson announced that testing for the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) will continue in Essex County Weequahic Park. Three additional dates have been scheduled for Monday, April 6th; Wednesday, April 8th and Friday, April 10th. Screenings are for Essex County residents only who are symptomatic of the Coronavirus and are by appointment only. They will be scheduled from 9 a.m. to 12 noon; 250 tests will be available each day. Residents must arrive by car.

The screenings are being offered to Essex County residents only who are symptomatic of COVID-19. This means anyone wishing to be tested must meet specific testing criteria, which includes a fever of at least 99.6 degrees and respiratory symptoms of shortness of breath. Appointments will be scheduled from 9 a.m. to 12 noon. Those who do not meet the criteria will not receive an appointment. If you are exhibiting severe symptoms, please contact your local health care provider or local health department for guidance.

Residents can visit www.EssexCOVID.org, where they will be required to complete a short online screening process before an appointment is scheduled. Residents will be asked several health-related questions and detail any symptoms they have related to the coronavirus. Upon completion of the survey, they will be informed if they are eligible for the screening. If they are eligible, a confirmation number will be provided; residents must bring the confirmation number with them to their appointment.

If someone does not have internet access, they can register by calling the Essex County Office of Emergency Management at 973-324-9950. The call-in center will be open form 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. An operator will help them complete the initial survey and issue the confirmation number. Residents must bring the confirmation number with them to their appointment.

Tests are being offered free of charge to Essex County residents. Having health insurance is not a requirement. Follow up contact will be made to assess the continuing health of the person who completed the screening.

Medical personnel from RWJBarnabas Health System, Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, University Hospital, Hackensack Hospital, Essex County Hospital and nurses from public schools in Essex County are staffing the testing sites and call-in center. Security at the site is being provided by the Essex County Sheriff’s Office and Newark Police Department.

Essex County will continue to administer the virus screening as long as supplies of test kits, gowns, facial masks and gloves last.

Essex County Opens COVID-19 Testing Site in Weequahic Park in Newark

Updated: March 25, 9:30 a.m.

Essex County officials announced the opening of a drive-through testing site in Newark’s Weequahic Park for county residents who are symptomatic of COVID-19. The site will open on Thursday, March 26 and Saturday, March 28 when 100 tests per day will be administered; it will then be open next week on Monday, Wednesday and Friday when 150 tests per day will be administered each day. The testing site is for Essex County residents; appointments are mandatory and will be scheduled from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Residents must arrive by car. 

Anyone wishing to be tested musty meet specific testing criteria, which includes a fever of at least 99.6 degrees and respiratory symptoms of shortness of breath. Those who do not meet the criteria will not receive an appointment. If you are exhibiting severe symptoms, please contact your local health care provider or local health department for guidance.

Residents can visit www.essexCOVID.org, where they will be required to complete a short online screening process before an appointment is scheduled. Residents will be asked several health-related questions and detail any symptoms they have related to the coronavirus. Upon completion of the survey, they will be informed if they are eligible for the screening. If they are eligible, a confirmation number will be provided; residents must bring the confirmation number with them to their appointment.

Tests are being offered free of charge to Essex County residents. Having health insurance is not a requirement. Follow up contact will be made to assess the continuing health of the person who completed the screening.

The full press release on the testing site can be read here: Essex County Executive DiVincenzo, Freeholder President Richardson Announce Screening Site for Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) to Open in Essex County Weequahic Park.

Essex County Closes All Parks and Facilities

Updated: May 2, 3:30 p.m.

UPDATE: ESSEX COUNTY PARKS ARE NOW OPEN FOR PASSIVE RECREATION PER EXECUTIVE ORDER NO. 133.

On Friday, March 13, Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr. announced that Essex County is taking precautions to help stop the spread of the Novel Coronavirus. In an abundance of caution, the Essex County Vocational School District, Turtle Back Zoo, Codey Arena, County Golf Courses and senior buildings in the Parks System will close to the public for two weeks and public events, including two popular activities that are part of the Essex County Cherry Blossom Festival, are being postponed. 

As a preventive measure, the Executive announced that the following County facilities will be closed for two weeks, from Saturday, March 14 to through Friday, March 27:

  • Essex County Vocational School District
  • Essex County Turtle Back Zoo
  • Essex County Codey Arena
  • Essex County Golf Course: Francis Byrne Golf Course, Hendricks Field Golf Course and Weequahic Golf Course
  • All community centers and senior buildings located within the Parks System
  • The Parks Department will not issue any new permits for events being held within this time period.

These closures will result in the postponement or cancellation of any events being hosted by the County or independent organizations at these locations.

DiVincenzo announced that the following Essex County events are being postponed:

  • The Annual State of the County Address on Monday, March 23
  • Census Day at Essex County Turtle Back Zoo on Saturday, March 28 and Sunday, March 29
  • The Cherry Blossom Bike Race in Essex County Branch Brook Park on Saturday, April 4
  • The Cherry Blossom 10K Race in Essex County Branch Brook Park on Sunday, April 5

Read the full press release here: Essex County Executive DiVincenzo Announces Precautions being Taken to Prevent the Spread of Novel Coronavirus