State police superintendent speaks with News 12 on continuing efforts, coronavirus testing

The New Jersey State Police have certainly had their hands full as of late, from residents not adhering to coronavirus related orders, to dealing with day to day crime.

News 12 Staff

Apr 23, 2020, 2:32 PM

Updated 1,457 days ago

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The New Jersey State Police have certainly had their hands full as of late, from residents not adhering to coronavirus related orders, to dealing with day to day crime.
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State Police Superintendent Col. Patrick Callahan spoke via Skype this morning with News 12 about their continuing efforts, discussing a variety of issues, but said testing remains the top priority.
As for testing, Col. Callahan made some clarification after a little confusion concerning who can now get tested at the two FEMA supported sites at Bergen County College and PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel.
"Those are still for symptomatic citizens of New Jersey, New Jersey residents,” says Col. Callahan. “We thought that there was maybe a plan that we were going to start to open that up to asymptomatic to try and get those, really as many people as we can in Jersey, but for right now they're 73 sites and I think if they are symptomatic, if they're under the care of their physician who has given them that recommendation to be tested they should do everything they can to be tested."
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Col. Callahan says his men and women are doing very well and their six months of stress training at the police academy in Sea Girt helps them to bring calm and order in every situation, even this one.
The colonel adds social distancing continues and will continue to be important for everyone moving forward.
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