COVID-19 Testing Sites in New Jersey + Your FAQs Answered

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Testing might just be the most important weapon we have against preventing even more of an outbreak of the Coronavirus. If you have been Googling local places to get tested for COVID-19, New Jersey is in the midst of setting up testing stations throughout the state. And of course, nationwide, the setup of testing sites is a priority.

“Expanding access to testing is critical in mitigating the spread of COVID-19 and flattening the curve in New Jersey,” Governor Phil Murphy said in a statement. “I am grateful to the Federal Emergency Management Agency for their swift response in fulfilling our request for specimen collection kits and personal protective equipment so that we can successfully offer expansive drive-thru testing in New Jersey.”

Interested in getting a COVID-19 test or learning more about them? Keep reading for all you need to know about COVID-19 testing in NJ and where you can get a test locally!

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Who Sets Up COVID-19 Testing Sites?

The Federal Emergency Management Agency {FEMA} is lending a hand to the set-up and management of these new emergency COVID-19 testing facilities. Most testing sites will be outdoor drive-thru scenarios, with separated tents, and will feature barriers to appropriately manage parking lot traffic.

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Where are Local Testing Sites for COVID-19?

Here is where you can get tested in Northern NJ:

Riverside Medical Group in Hoboken has a COVID-19 testing site in North Hoboken for all Mile Square residents and Hoboken business employees, with or without symptoms, that offers 15-minute rapid testing results — residents must call 201-420-5621 to schedule a test through the City Hall hotline on Monday through Friday from 9:00AM-1:00PM.

Riverside Medical Group in Secaucus has is a drive-thru testing site located at 714 10th Street at its command center. Open from Monday through Friday from 9:00AM-1:00PM and Saturdays 10:00AM-1:00PM, the command center is by appointment only. *Please note, Hoboken’s testing site has been temporarily relocated to Jersey City until Monday, July 13th — more info here.*

Hudson Regional Hospital is also providing drive-thru Coroanvirus testing by appointment. Located at 55 Meadowlands Park in Secaucus, hospital staff recommends calling 201-388-1097 to start the screening process if you are experiencing the following symptoms: fever, cough, and shortness of breath. After calling, a healthcare professional will examine your symptoms over the phone, take your information down, and if deemed necessary, will set up an appointment for a drive-thru screening.

Bergen County Community College in Paramus is open as a testing site. The drive-thru testing center is open seven days a week, from 8:00AM -4:00PM. To qualify for testing, you must be a current New Jersey resident experiencing symptoms of “respiratory illness.” Tests will be prioritized and given to people experiencing symptoms such as cough, fever {99.6F or above}, and shortness of breath.

PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel has a COVID-19 testing drive-thru site. PNC is located at 116 Garden State Parkway.

Hackensack Meridian Hospital in New Brunswick is also offering COVID-19 testing, though they do not have drive-thru sites currently set up.

Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, also in New Brunswick, also is offering COVID-19 testing at this time.

Camden County College campus has COVID-19 drive-thru sites set up for Camden County residents only at 200 College Drive.
Weequahic Park in Newark will be taking Essex County residents by appointment only at Elizabeth Avenue + Meeker Avenue, Newark.
Jersey City has walk-up free testing site for all Jersey City residents at 140 MLK Drive {in the Mary McLeod Bethune Life Center} starting Saturday, April 18th, and a drive-thru location at the former DPW Complex 575 NJ-440, Jersey City. The testing is open to all residents, with or without symptoms, but proof of Jersey City residency or ID is required. Please call for appointments between 9:00 AM-5:00PM seven days a week. The number to schedule an appointment is 201-547-5535. For those getting tested at the 465 Marin Boulevard walk-up site, appointments are no longer required.

Bergen New Bridge Medical Center has drive-thru center at 230 East Ridgewood, Avenue. The site is open to Bergen County residents who are symptomatic.

Find a full list of statewide testing centers here.

How Long do Tests Take to Get Results?

According to Hudson Regional, test results for Coronavirus should be available within 3-5 days.

What Are the COVID-19 Tests?

According to the Centers of Disease Control {CDC}, initial diagnostic testing for COVID-19 “recommends collecting and testing an upper respiratory nasopharyngeal swab {NP}.”

If available, the CDC also recommends testing lower tract specimens. “For patients who develop a productive cough, sputum should be collected and tested for SARS-CoV-2.”

Testing is recommended for symptomatic individuals experiencing cough, fever, and shortness of breath.

Each testing site is allocated 2,500 specimen collection kits. After being used, the specimen collections will be brought to a contracted laboratory twice a day.

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Is COVID-19 Testing Free?

According to the CDC, COVID-19 testing is free. President Trump declared COVID-19 testing would be free for all earlier last week.

“Testing is free and will be covered by the federal government or personal insurance company,” the site states. “Individuals are encouraged to bring insurance cards if they have one.”

How many cases of COVID-19 are There in New Jersey?

As of Friday, April 17th Governor Murphy announced as many as 78,467 positive cases of COVID-19 in the state of New Jersey.

According to Governor Murphy, New Jersey is one of 12 “priority states,” as identified by FEMA. This means that testing sites are supported by the federal agency in an effort to provide necessary resources to the state of NJ.

We will keep you updated on this developing news. For additional resources, consult the New Jersey Department of Health, the CDC’s FAQ page, and the CDC’s COVID-19 page.

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Stephanie Osmanski writes honest things about health, the planet, and being a woman. Her words have appeared on Business Insider, Parade, Eat This Not That, Dogster, Scary Mommy, Green Matters, Parents, Seventeen, Life & Style, InTouch Weekly, and more. Her articles have been syndicated on World Economic Forum, MSN, MSN UK, and MSN Canada. In her free time, Stephanie and her registered therapy dog, Koda, volunteer at local hospitals, nursing homes, and other healthcare facilities.