You no longer need an appointment to get a COVID-19 test at Ocean County College as walk-ins are now welcome.

The Ocean County Health Department is recommending you do make an appointment though to make sure you can get in timely and not have to wait, but if you want to walk-in for a Covid test, you can now certainly do so that way.

There's no new or additional hours at OCC, it's the same 9 am to 3 pm timeframe on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, all located on the western part of the Gateway Building on the OCC campus.

You'll walk in, show your health insurance information and be directed down the hallway while being socially distant until you're called into a final room to be given one of two options of a Covid test, the saliva test (PCR), which you could get if you haven't eaten anything in the 20 minutes prior to your arrival, or the nasal swab test.

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Following the test, you walk out the eastern end doors and should get your results emailed over within 48-72 hours after the test.

If you don't, you'll be given a piece of paper at OCC to call a number as a followup to ask about your results.

The Ocean County Health Department said that rapid tests are available as well at OCC, especially for symptomatic patients.

“Making the change from the Ocean County Health Department and hospital personnel to Immediate Care has helped us in our efforts to expand our vaccination distribution,” Ocean County Public Health Coordinator Dan Regenye said in a statement. “We worked in close coordination with the Ocean County Board of Commissioners to make this transition.”

You can schedule an appointment for a COVID 19 test at the college at https://www.solvhealth.com/book-online/gNNVXg

You can also make an appointment at the Ocean County Health Department website at ochd.org or through Immediate Cares website, www.immcare.com.

“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."

Regenye said you can call 732-380-5079 or 1-833-544-0288 if you have general questions about the coronavirus, exposure, quarantine and spread, contract tracing, testing and the vaccine.

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