A drive-thru coronavirus testing center in one of New Jersey’s hardest-hit areas had to turn people away just hours after opening — as hordes of people worried about being infected rushed to be examined.
Authorities closed down the entrances to the testing location in Paramus at Bergen Community College by midday after opening the site at 8 a.m.
Englewood Police said “maximum capacity [was] reached” just after 12:15 p.m.
The site was the first drive-thru testing site in the state. Hundreds of cars were seen lined up at the location Friday morning.
Christopher Neuwirth, an assistant health commissioner for the state, told NorthJersey.com that “it’s quite possible folks are going to have to wait a few hours.”
In a statement to NJ.com, the governor’s office said, “The Bergen County Testing Site will continue testing as many people as it can before it closes at 4 p.m. today.”
“Due to the overwhelming response, the site will not be accepting additional individuals today and encourages residents to return at 8 a.m. tomorrow,” the statement continued.
New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy will hold a press conference Friday afternoon on the state’s expansion of testing for the virus.
State officials have said FEMA was providing 2,500 tests, however, it was unclear how many tests were on hand Friday morning at the Bergen County location.
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