It feels like COVID-19 is running rampant, again.  I don't know about you, but it seems like everyone I know has either contracted the virus or has a close family member with it.  I've been hearing stories over the last week of people missing out on family gatherings.  So, what's the best thing to do?  Get tested.  Right?  You learn whether or not you have it, and you can quarantine and stay away from others.  This is definitely something easy to do with pop-up clinics throughout Ocean County.

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Stay protected from COVID-19 according to the CDC:

In addition to getting tested, it looks like you can go back to the basics when it comes to staying protected.  These are the easiest.

  • Wear a Mask
  • Stay 6 feet apart
  • Wash your hands often and if you haven't washed your hands, don't touch your face!

Also, don't forget the vaccine gives you that extra layer of protection, and if you don't feel well, don't gather around people, including not going to work.

When it comes to getting tested, plenty of walk-in clinics will allow you to schedule and get either a rapid test which will allow you to see results within a matter of hours.  Longer tests, like the PCR test, will give you results in a few days.

Then you have the mega-sites.  These are the massive sites where you drive up, they swap you, and you're off.

The CDC has also issued new isolation and quarantine guidelines.

  • Shorter isolation periods.  From 10 days to 5 days with an additional 5 days of strict mask-wearing when around others.
  • With new knowledge, they are now stating that transmission occurs 1-2 days prior to symptoms and 2-3 days after.
  • CDC also states isolation is recommended for those who are exposed, for those unvaccinated or not boosted past their recommendation.  2 months after Johnson & Johnson and 6 months after Pfizer and Moderna.

Toms River, NJ in Ocean County, Drive-Thru Covid-19 Testing Clinic location.

Ocean County College is offering another Drive-Thru testing clinic this week.

Tuesday, December 28th from 10a to 3p.
You can find the location at parking lot 3 at 1 College Drive in Toms River.

If you're not sure or feeling lousy, listen, don't chance it, especially with New Year's Eve around the corner.  Go get tested to know your status.

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