U.S. Sens. Robert Menendez and Cory Booker, both Democrats, and the entire New Jersey congressional delegation on Friday called on the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to establish a third federally-backed COVID-19 testing site to expand access to tests to more than one million state residents who live too far from current Monmouth and Bergen County sites.
“It is our understanding that only individuals residing within 50 miles of each site are eligible to be tested. This leaves over one million New Jerseyans out of range from receiving a test at any federally resourced facility,” the delegation wrote in a letter to FEMA Administrator Peter Gaynor. “This is particularly concerning given that as of March 26, New Jersey had the second-highest number of cases of any state with over 6,000 positive cases.”
A copy of the letter can be found here.
“As you know, seniors are among the most vulnerable groups of people to COVID-19; approximately 8 out of 10 deaths reported in the U.S. occurred in adults aged 65 years and older. The southern region of New Jersey has numerous townships which are among the localities with the highest percentage of seniors in the entire state,” continued the delegation in the letter. “Many of these townships are currently out of the 50-mile range of both testing facilities in the state. For these reasons, we ask you for swift and fair consideration of Governor Murphy’s request for a third federally backed testing site in New Jersey,” said Gaynor.