COVID-19 and Antibody Testing Available!

Ocean Health Initiatives (OHI) and Chemed, both federally qualified health centers (FQHC’s) located in Lakewood, New Jersey will be coming together to offer COVID-19 virus and antibody testing at their Lakewood locations.

Ocean Health Initiatives (OHI) in Lakewood will be open Monday through Friday 8am-4:30pm for testing and are by appointment only.  COVID-19 testing will be performed outdoors at our Lakewood site.  Please call (732)363-6655 to schedule an appointment.

OHI Lakewood is located at 101 Second Street, Lakewood, NJ 08701.

CHEMED offers testing Monday through Thursday 9am to 5pm and on Fridays from 9am to 2pm also by appointment only.  Testing will be administered in an outdoor tent in the CHEMED parking lot. Please call (732) 364-2144 X1 to schedule an appointment.

CHEMED Lakewood is located at 1771 Madison Avenue, Lakewood, NJ 08701

Antibody tests measure the immune system’s response to an infection. Negative antibody results DO NOT rule out SARs-CoV-2 infection, particularly in those who have recently been in contact with someone who has the virus. A nasal swab (a molecular diagnostic test) is performed to rule out the possibility that someone could be an asymptomatic carrier of the virus.

Positive results SHOULD NOT be used as the sole basis to diagnose SARS-CoV-2 infection. Positive results may be due to past or present infection with non-SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus strains, such as coronavirus HKU1, NL63, OC43, or 229E. These are causes of the common cold.

People who test positive for antibodies are not guaranteed to be free of all virus and therefore may still be able to transmit the virus to others.

For more information please visit OHI at www.ohinj.org or CHEMED at www.chemedhealth.org.

About Ocean Health Initiatives (OHI)Ocean Health Initiatives (OHI) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) federally qualified health center (FQHC) with seven health centers, a Mobile Medical Unit and two school-based wellness programs in Ocean and Monmouth County. OHI health centers are at 101 Second Street, Lakewood; 10 Stockton Dr, Toms River; 333 Haywood Road, Manahawkin; Manchester, 686 Route 70, Lakehurst; 798 Route 539. Building 3, Little Egg Harbor; 1610 Route 88, Suite 204, Brick; and 20 Jackson Street, Freehold. The school-based wellness programs in Lakewood are in the Clifton Avenue Elementary School, 625 Clifton Avenue; and Lakewood High School, 855 Somerset Avenue, Suite A. The Lakewood, Little Egg Harbor and Manchester health centers have pharmacies.

OHI provides comprehensive primary and preventative health and dental care to Ocean and Monmouth County’s uninsured, underinsured and insured populations.  A sliding-fee scale is available, based on an individual’s or family’s ability to pay. Services include family and internal medicine, dental, pediatrics, women’s health, behavioral health and social services, podiatry and pharmacy services.

OHI has a bilingual staff available to assist patients and callers. To become a patient of OHI, call 732-363-6655. Visit www.ohinj.org for further information.

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