Brick authorities shut down home COVID test site

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BRICK TOWNSHIP — A company that has been conducting COVID testing at a residence on Kettle Creek Drive was shut down by Brick authorities and the Ocean County Health Department for not having the appropriate licenses.

Safe Sites LLC advertises itself as a ‘Medical and Health Local Service’ according to its Facebook page. Despite it being ordered to be shut down on Dec. 29, the company’s social media does still list COVID testing as a service.

Reports suggest that PCR’s were being offered just before New Years for a 50$ fee, and four people could be tested drive-thru style for 65$.

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The Ocean Star’s attempts to contact Safe Sites LLC and its owner Marylin Morales have been unsuccessful as of press time, however, the company did issue a statement via Facebook post Jan. 9.

“As needs spiked with the Omnicron variant, also demand spiked, and in a lapse of judgment I allowed patients over two days to come to my home on an emergency basis,” the statement read. “This is not permitted in my residential neighborhood and was immediately ceased following a neighbor’s complaint to township code enforcement, and a violation warning was issued.”

According to Brick officials, Ms. Morales had been fully compliant after being told to cease operations, and was issued one zoning violation for the companies’ actions.

“We always try to warn people and get them to stop doing it before we start issuing violations,” a township administrator told The Ocean Star. “I know she [Morales] was asked to stop, and we were told that she did stop.”

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