A close-up of a person wearing a mask: Essex County continues to offer free COVID-19 testing and food distributions in Newark.

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Essex County continues to offer free COVID-19 testing and food distributions in Newark.

NEWARK, NJ – Essex County continues to host free coronavirus testing and food distribution events in Newark.

The county will continue its ongoing series of COVID-19 testing events on Tuesday April 13th in Newark. Open to all Essex County residents, the event will be held from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Essex County’s Hall of Records complex, Employee Parking Deck, 50 West Market Street.

Here’s how it works, district officials said:

“Essex County residents with or without symptoms are encouraged to get tested. Residents aged 8 and over are welcome to be tested. Residents are encouraged to retest if they took the swab or saliva tests and received negative test results at least 14 days ago. Testing is provided free of charge; Health insurance is not required. To make an appointment, residents should visit www.EssexCOVID.org or call 973-877-8456. You have to fill out a short questionnaire. When they’re done, they’ll be given an appointment and a confirmation number. Residents should bring the confirmation number. You are asked to arrive 15 minutes before your scheduled appointment. “

Another free COVID-19 testing event is scheduled for Saturday, April 17, from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Essex County’s Public Works Department at 99 West Bradford Avenue in Cedar Grove.


In the meantime, Essex County’s free food distributions in Newark will continue with an event on Thursday, April 15th.

The giveaway starts at 9 a.m. in Weequahic Park.

District officials said 500 boxes of food will be distributed. The event is designed to benefit families who have become unemployed during the coronavirus pandemic and cannot afford to eat.

Here’s how it will work, officials said:

“Residents driving to the construction site should enter the park through the Meeker Avenue entrance. Residents waiting to enter the park should line up along Meeker Avenue before turning right into the park. Left turns into the park from Meeker Avenue are not permitted. Residents walking to the construction site should come to the Rev. Ronald Christian Sports Complex. A station will be set up next to the parking lot on the west side of the soccer field. Residents going to the construction site must wear a face mask / covering and follow social distancing guidelines. It is recommended that residents who go to the construction site bring a cart. The boxes weigh about 40 pounds. Residents who drive or walk are asked not to arrive at the construction site until 8 a.m. This is done to allow normal traffic flow through the area and to prevent traffic safety from being created. Buses are not allowed to enter. “

Essex County officials added:

“The emergency grocery boxes contain enough groceries to deliver around 40 meals. They consist of a variety of non-perishable foods such as oatmeal, rice, fruit, peanut butter, jelly, long-life milk and canned vegetables, chilli, soup, and ravioli. Items may vary based on availability. Only an emergency grocery box is placed in the trunk of a vehicle or given to any resident who goes to the construction site. “

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