New Jersey to get 2.6 million rapid COVID tests from federal government

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By WCBS Newsradio 880

TRENTON (WCBS 880) — New Jersey is getting millions of rapid COVID tests from the federal government.

Abbott Labs on Monday sent 2.6 million tests to the state. The tests provide rapid coronavirus results in just 15 minutes and will allow New Jersey to nearly double its testing capacity for 12 weeks.

“You can envision it being a big weapon in schools, in school settings. A big weapon in augmenting our already ongoing efforts with healthcare workers and the vulnerable population,” said Gov. Phil Murphy.

The Democratic governor said he’s thrilled to have the tests and called them a “game changer.”

The state will get the 2.6 million tests in various batches over several weeks.

“The first 170,000 of those of tests will be coming within the next 2 weeks,” the governor added.

Vulnerable people and those who live in underserved areas will be among the first residents to receive a test. School children, teachers and those living in hot spots, such as Ocean County, will also be receiving tests.

“It's the easy front lobe of your nose and you, basically, you’ve got a card… and you wipe it along that and you've got an answer within 15 minutes,” the governor explains of the new tests.

He says the new tests will also play a vital role in keeping the economy open.

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