COVID-Testing

For First Responders and Medical Providers:
As of Saturday, March 28th, New Jersey’s Federally supported/State run Community Based Testing Sites will be opening only to test symptomatic health care workers and symptomatic first responders (Law enforcement, Firefighters, EMT’s). These individuals must present valid credentials. Both sites will collect the maximum of 250 specimens each.

Beginning next Saturday April 4th, and all Saturdays moving forward, the Monmouth site (PNC Bank Arts Center) will be dedicated to collecting samples from only symptomatic health care workers and symptomatic first responders.

For the General Public:
Beginning Sunday, March 29th, an alternate schedule will be implemented for a maximum capacity of 500 specimen collections per day. This alternating schedule will be as follows:

Bergen Site Operating Days: Sunday 3/29, Tuesday 3/31, Thursday 4/2 & Friday 4/3

Monmouth Site Operating Days: Monday 3/30, Wednesday 4/1

Any drive-thru community-based testing sites are for symptomatic individuals:

–        Fever of 99.6 F
–        Respiratory symptoms or shortness of breath
–        If you have a prescription for testing, please bring it with you

Do not take fever-reducing medicine prior to testing for at least 6 hours prior to arrival.

If you have no symptoms, you WILL BE turned away.

Expect traffic and long wait times at these testing sites.

Testing will occur only as supplies are available. Once they are out of supplies and test kits for the day, site will close.

Current Available Public Testing Sites: 8:00am – 4:00pm (Sun, Tues, Thurs, Fri only) (based on availability of supplies)

    1. Bergen County Community College, 400 Paramus Road, Paramus, NJ

Operating Days: Sunday 3/29, Tuesday 3/31, Thursday 4/2 & Friday 4/3

2. PNC Bank Arts Center, 116 Garden State Parkway, Holmdel, NJ

Operating Days: Monday 3/30, Wednesday 4/1

Somerset County is exploring options to develop a COVID-19 public testing site, once they are able to secure test kits and much needed personal protective equipment (PPE) for staff. Same eligibility criteria as above will apply to the Somerset County testing site as well.

Commercial Laboratory Testing
Commercial labs are offering COVID-19 testing to individuals who meet certain criteria. Do not go to a commercial lab and ask to be tested for COVID-19. Work with your healthcare provider to coordinate testing. All costs and fees associated with commercial laboratories testing is the responsibility of the patient.

Not everyone who has a mild illness needs to be tested, and it may take several days to get test results. Most important thing is to stay home if you are ill. You do not need approval from public health officials to be tested by a commercial laboratory.

We want to thank the many first responders, state and local government officials and community volunteers who are working tirelessly with us behind the scenes to help keep our community safe.

Take care of one another. We are all in this together.