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Where and how do I get tested for COVID-19 in New Jersey? Who should get testing?

Last Updated: 05/21/2020

GENERAL INFORMATION

Testing is prioritized for health care workers and first responders, personnel in congregate living settings, those who have been in close contact with an individual who has tested positive for COVID-19, and individuals who are experiencing CDC-recognized symptoms of COVID-19:

  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fever (at or above 99.6°F)
  • Chills
  • Repeated shaking with chills
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • Muscle pain
  • New loss of taste or smell

Complete this self-assessment on the Symptom Tracker to learn what to do.

INFORMATION ON TESTING SITES

There are several types of testing sites:

  • Community-based testing sites - These sites are open to all New Jerseyans, including asymptomatic individuals. Asymptomatic individuals are asked to contact a health care provider or public health official before seeking testing, as it is critical that testing supplies are available for front-line workers and vulnerable populations. Where resources are strained, testing will be prioritized for asymptomatic health care workers and first responders, personnel in congregate living settings, and New Jerseyans who have been in close contact with an individual who has tested positive for COVID-19.
  • Local testing sites - These sites may be restricted to residents of a specific county, municipality, or to first responders. Some also require an appointment and/or prescription from a healthcare provider.
  • Pharmacy testing sites - The State has authorized the more than 18,000 licensed pharmacists in New Jersey to administer FDA-approved or authorized COVID-19 tests to their customers without a prescription. Testing is available at participating pharmacies including CVS, Rite-Aid, and Walmart. Please check with your local pharmacist as testing is not available at all locations and many require an appointment or online registration. For more information, CVS, Rite-Aid and Walmart have set up websites where you can book an appointment and find testing locations.
  • Private testing sites - To access testing at these sites, you must contact your doctor or healthcare provider.
  • First responders and health care workers - Both career and volunteer first responders and health care workers can also access appointment-only, drive thru testing sites in the Meadowlands, Deptford, and Somerset. These sites have been opened by the New Jersey State Policemen's Benevolent Association, in partnership with Accurate Diagnostic Labs: njpba.adlabscovidtest.com

In addition, testing is available at select Rite-Aid locations by appointment only. In order to be tested, you must register for an appointment online first.

NOTE: Each testing site operates on a schedule and has specific requirements. Please check with that site before visiting as you may be turned away.

You can find community-based and local testing site locations and hours here.

Information on privately operated testing sites can be obtained by contacting your doctor or healthcare provider.

Note: Sites are only conducting testing for active COVID-19 infections. They are NOT offering antibody testing at this time.

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