By: Reney Waters, Writer / Follow South Jersey Bridgeton City Intern
BRIDGETON, N.J.– Bridgeton’s public school district will partner with Advance Management Services to offer PCR nasal swab, drive-through COVID-19 testing every other Wednesday at Bridgeton High School.
The COVID-19 testing clinics will take place from 1-4 p.m. every other Wednesday, including on June 2 and 16. All community members who wish to get tested are required to bring an ID and health insurance information if you have it. There will be no out-of-pocket fees for anyone who chooses to get tested. Masks and social distancing are also required upon arrival including parental consent for testing of all students and minors, the district said.
“PCR is the gold standard in the industry and has the least percentage of false positives and negatives… This COVID-19 test detects genetic material of the virus using a lab technique called polymerase chain reaction (PCR),” Advance Managing Services said.
The district will also offer a free emotional support hotline from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily thanks to the NJ HOPE and Healing Crisis Counseling Program, in collaboration with the New Jersey Department of Human Services’ Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services. For those experiencing a mental health crisis because of the pandemic, text NJHOPE to 51684.
You can visit Bridgeton Public Schools’ website to register for either of the upcoming COVID-19 testing clinics. All final results will be sent to your email address through a log-in portal.
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This article was produced by a Follow South Jersey news intern thanks to a grant provided by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation through the New Jersey Health Initiatives program to create hyper-local news to meet the informational and health needs of the City of Bridgeton, N.J.