I just spoke with Lt. Colonel Mukesh Roy, MD, regarding the latest progress at the Ocean County Coronavirus Testing Site at Ocean County College.

They’re doing God’s work on Good Friday.

The incredible team running the Ocean County Coronavirus Testing Site “have done over 1700 COVID tests for the residents of Ocean County,” said Dr. Roy.

“Working on Good Friday shows the commitment of our dedicated staff,” said Dr. Roy.

During the first two weeks, Ocean County was open five days a week from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

I have included photos here of today’s Good Friday activities in Ocean County.

Next week (Ocean County) will go to 3 days a week. They have been doing a phenomenal 200 tests per day.

They’ve achieved this because they were committed to the process of testing from the very beginning.

Atlantic County has not demonstrated the same level of commitment. They have been absent, late and wrong way too often during this crisis.

By comparison, Atlantic County purchased only 600 Coronavirus test kits and “Atlantic County will open its COVID-19 drive-thru test site to symptomatic county residents on Tuesday, April 14 and Thursday, April 16, 10 AM to 1 PM. Residents will need to provide a doctor’s script; verification of residency, such as a driver’s license or utility bill; and confirmation of appointment,” according to Public Information Officer Linda Gilmore.

Atlantic County “Residents began making appointments as of 8 AM on Friday, April 10, by visiting the county web site at www.aclink.org and clicking on the COVID-19 Testing link,” according to Gilmore.

Atlantic County testing is being conducted behind the Hamilton Mall, 4403 E. Black Horse Pike, Mays Landing.

Ultimately, I believe that too few Atlantic County residents will be tested. It won’t be from a lack of interest. It will be because of a poor focus and lack of proper planning from the beginning.

It’s a tale of two neighboring counties. Ocean County has been enthusiastic about it. Atlantic County has not.

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