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TOMS RIVER – The testing hours are changing at the Ocean County College COVID-19 drive thru testing site starting Monday, Jan. 11.

“As we monitor the testing, we know we can efficiently provide the same number of tests we do over the course of a week now while scaling back some of the days,” said Ocean County Public Health Coordinator Daniel Regenye. “This will allow us to begin staffing preparations as we plan the opening of additional coronavirus vaccination clinics in the County.”

Starting Monday, Jan. 11 the COVID-19 testing site will be open on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. The time will remain from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Appointments are required and can be made by visiting

By increasing the number of appointments taken hourly, close to 400 tests will be administered per day.

Ocean County Commissioner Gerry P. Little, who is liaison to the Ocean County Health Department, noted that more than 21,000 tests have been administered at the college site with almost 300 done on Jan. 7.

Ocean County officials are urging everyone to take the steps necessary to curtail the virus including wearing a mask, social distancing, frequent handwashing and staying home when sick.

As of Jan. 7, Ocean County has recorded 35,174 cases of the coronavirus.