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.

However, setting up sites isn’t the only piece of the puzzle. Some testing sites, though ready to go, are hitting significant roadblocks, like the testing site in Camden County, NJ. As of March 19th, Courier Post reports that though the testing site at Camden County College’s Blackwood campus parking lot is set up, the site still lacks the tests.

“We have everything ready to go; we’re just waiting on test kits,” said Freeholder Director Lou Cappell. “We are searching the world for them right now because they are hard to come by.”

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Where are Local Testing Sites for COVID-19?

As of this writing, privately-run testing sites are located at Riverside Medical Group‘s command center in Secaucus and at Hudson Regional Hospital, also in Secaucus. Other local areas offering COVID-19 testing include Paramus, Holmdel {to open next week}, New Brunswick, and Camden County {still waiting on tests}. Each of these COVID-19 testing sites set up by FEMA is supposed to be allocated 2,500 specimen collection kits as well as Personal Protective Equipment for staff. Here are the details:

Riverside Medical Group‘s command center is a drive-thru testing site located at 714 10th Street in Secaucus. Open from Monday through Friday from 9:00AM-5:00PM and Saturdays 10:00AM-1:00PM, the command center is by appointment only.

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 as of March 20th. 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 is expected to open a COVID-19 testing drive-thru site sometime next week. 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 Blackwood’s campus has COVID-19 drive-thru sites set up, but as of March 19th, has not yet been distributed the necessary Coronavirus tests.
Weequahic Park in Newark will be taking Essex County residents by appointment only. The site will be taking 100 tests a day on Thursday, March 26th and Saturday, March 28th. It will also be open next week on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday and 150 tests per day will be administered daily.
Jersey City will have walk-up testing at 465 Marin Boulevard, Jersey City and a drive-thru location at the former DPW Complex 575 NJ-440, Jersey City. In order to be tested, you must have symptoms + proof of Jersey City residency or ID. Please call for appointments between 9:00AM-5:00PM seven days a week. The number to schedule an appointment is 201-547-5535.

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, March 20th, Governor Murphy announced as many as 890 positive cases of COVID-19 and 11 deaths in relation to COVID-19 have been reported for 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.