Full Circle--Covid testing

Early on in "the crisis," I asked about Covid testing. I have been following the news but did not realize that it has become very easy for asymptomatic/mildly symptomatic people to get tested.

Free, drive thru site at a Rite Aid in Newark, self swab, results available in 2-5 days. Appointments are available a couple of days out.

Might be good for people to do who are returning from "non-distancing" weekends.

https://www.riteaid.com/pharmacy/services/covid-19-testing


How about testing for anti-bodies? I am kind of curious about that, but I don't want to take test capacity away from those who need it more if they are scarce.


From what I've read, most of the antibody tests are still unreliable. The one that is best requires a blood draw so you probably need a doctor's order.  I don't think testing capacity is scarce at this point.


Since my job frequently takes me into hospitals I just scheduled a test at RiteAid.  It's across from University Hospital next to the IHOP.  Sadly I won't be able to get pancakes after my test.

You need a Google account to sign up for the testing apparently.

A Google Account is needed for you to join the COVID-19 testing program in order to protect your privacy. By creating an account, you'll be able to take the screener and, if eligible, schedule an appointment, and get access to your test results via email.

Data collected through this testing program will never be joined with your data stored in Google products without your explicit permission.

Scheduling right now is for Friday.  They gave me four options to choose from.  Apparently it will be 2-5 days (or longer) to receive my results.



A Google Account is needed for you to join the COVID-19 testing program in order to protect your privacy. 

Data collected through this testing program will never be joined with your data stored in Google products without your explicit permission.

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yahooyahoo said:

A Google Account is needed for you to join the COVID-19 testing program in order to protect your privacy. 

Data collected through this testing program will never be joined with your data stored in Google products without your explicit permission.
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Why on earth did they make this dependent on having a Google account? Google is one of the most privacy-invasive companies I know. This is very odd.


I got an antibody test today at the SMG urgent care on Northfield. They're testing about 140 people a day in a tent far from the building. Getting an appointment took about a week, and tests are available to anyone. It's the finger stick panel, with results in 10 minutes. The phlebotomist who did mine said they're seeing a positive rate of around 10 percent. 

I got the test because I thought I'd been exposed in February and hoped to be a plasma donor. My result was negative. No google account necessary. 


I just looked at SMG's website and it says you have to be a current SMG patient (seen by an SMG provider in the past three years).  If not a current SMG patient, then you can go to a CityMD location.


I just got an email saying that CVS on Valley Street (Maplewood South Orange border) is now doing drive up self-testing, symptomatic only, registration required.  No mention of need for prescription requirement.  From text I would conclude that this is active infection rather than antibody testing.  Point is that testing is becoming more widely available now.  Health Department should be able to tell you what sites are closest to you that would meet your needs.


Please spread the word of the following free COVID-19 testing sites provided by Essex County. Please note that there will be one scheduled here in Maplewood on Thursday, June 4th at the Maplewood Community Pool from 4-6:30 pm.

Please register for an appointment at: http://essexcovid.org

They can test 250 people.

This will be a drive –thru with the option for walk up testing for those who do not have access to a car but all testing needs to be scheduled at http://essexcovid.org




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