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What’s the difference between local testing, pharmacy testing sites, and private testing sites?

Last Updated: 07/14/2020

Testing is now available to everyone in New Jersey.

It's especially important to get tested if:

  1. You are experiencing symptoms (fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills, sore throat, muscle pain, shivering, headache, or new loss of taste or smell)
  2. You have been in close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19
  3. You are an essential worker (health care worker, first responder, food service worker, or transit worker)
  4. You were recently in a large crowd where social distancing was hard to maintain
  5. You recently travelled to an area or a state with high COVID-19 infection rates

Learn more about the different kinds of testing sites below, and find your nearest testing location here.

NOTE: Some testing sites require an appointment in advance. Please check with a testing site before going to see what their hours and requirements are.


Local testing sites have been set up across New Jersey. These sites may be restricted to residents of a specific county or municipality, or to first responders. Some also require an appointment and/or prescription from a healthcare provider. Please check with your local testing site for its specific requirements.

You can find more information about these sites including their locations, hours, and testing requirements here.


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.


Commercial labs are offering COVID-19 testing to individuals who meet certain criteria. However, these tests are not available directly to the general public. They must be ordered by a health care provider, who will order the test from the lab or provide you with a prescription to show the laboratory.


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: