As reported by NJ.Com, the City of Trenton opened a coronavirus testing center on Wednesday, March 25, 2020, to test the City’s first responders, namely firefighters, police, and EMS. In a statement, Mayor Reed Gusciora  announced the opening of the location, at the police impound lot on North Clinton Avenue.

Only first responders serving the City’s police, fire and EMS services can receive the test at the location as of now. The site had a soft opening Wednesday, but was formally opened today.

Connor Ilchert, a spokesman for Mayor Gusciora, said the tests the city has will be used for any first responder showing symptoms, who recently traveled to Europe or New York City, or who feels they were exposed to it on the job. To this end, he noted “They can’t work from home,” he said. “If they get a 911 call, they have to go out.”

During these uncertain times, it is welcoming to see a city looking out for the needs of first responders and the dangers they, as well as their loved ones, are facing on a daily basis.  We are hopeful that other cities, municipalities, towns, and the State will follow suit in the near future to ensure the health and well-being of all public safety officers going forward. As we know, first responders are critical to overcoming the COVID-19 outbreak and well being of the New Jersey citizenry as a whole.