The Montclair YMCA main building on Park Street. PHOTO BY ADAM ANIK/STAFF

The YMCA of Montclair, in partnership with MedRite, will offer the greater Montclair community walk-up COVID-19 testing at the Park Street YMCA beginning Feb. 11.

MedRite will staff walk-up rapid and PCR testing at the Park Street YMCA for individuals seeking COVID-19 testing. There is no cost to patients.

“Our partnership with MedRite enables our Y to continue to address our community’s critical needs during the pandemic,” YMCA of Montclair President and CEO Buddy Evans said in a release from the group. “Our Park Street YMCA is conveniently located in downtown Montclair by major bus routes giving access to testing for many in our community,.”

The YMCA has also offered emergency childcare to essential workers, blood drives, food distribution, and served as a PPE collection point throughout the ongoing novel coronavirus pandemic, it said.

“Having an additional COVID testing site in our community aids our efforts in reducing the spread of the virus and getting those who test positive critical early medical care. We are thankful that the YMCA of Montclair and MedRite has teamed up to provide this essential service,” Montclair Mayor Sean Spiller said in a statement provided by the YMCA

Testing will be available at 25 Park Street, Montclair, beginning Feb. 11 through April 30. The entrance to the YMCA will be via the side entrance door, along the YMCA’s driveway. Testing will be available Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.. It will additionally be available Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in February only, Masks are required.

MedRite staff will collect patient information on-site. Patients with insurance must bring health insurance cards and photo identification; their insurance will be billed. Patients without insurance need to only bring photo identification, and will still not be charged.

Patients receive rapid test results within an hour and PCR lab tests within 24 to 72 hours after reaching the lab.

More information is available by contacting MedRite at info@onsitecovid19testing.com, or YMCA senior membership director Lisa Kievitat 973-559-9281 or lkievit@montclairymca.org.

— Information provided by the YMCA of Montclair

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