Parking lot at former N.J. casino to become a coronavirus testing site

Friday 17th April 2020

A former casino will have part of its property become a testing site for the coronavirus.

During a Facebook Live Thursday, Atlantic City Mayor Marty Small Sr. said the city would have two drive-thru testing facilities in operation soon.

The first location will be located at the former Bader Field airport in the parking lot close to Surf Stadium. The mayor has previously heralded the site for coronavirus testing.

The second planned site will be in a parking lot of the former Showboat Casino. The casino closed down in 2014. Plans were discussed in 2019 to turn the property back into a casino.

More details about the testing sites are expected in the near future, the mayor said.

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Atlantic County has a drive-thru testing site at the Hamilton Mall in Mays Landing. The next scheduled dates for testing are Tuesday, April 21 and Thursday, April 23, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m..

Residents must be symptomatic for respiratory illness, provide a doctor's script, proof of residency and confirmation of appointment, the count said in an announcement. Appointments can be made on the county website at www.aclink.org.

As of Thursday, Atlantic County had 350 cases of the coronavirus, with 13 deaths. And 66 residents have been cleared as recovered, the county said. Statewide, 3,518 have died and and 75,317 people have tested positive, the state reported.

As of Thursday, Atlantic City reported it had 47 cases of the coronavirus, with two people succumbing to the virus.

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