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Where can I get free, public COVID-19 testing or treatment?

Last Updated: 09/20/2021

Free COVID-19 testing is available at many locations across the state.

Below, you can find a list of free public testing locations in New Jersey by county, including short-term pop-up testing sites. You can search New Jersey's 400+ permanent testing locations, both public and private, using the test site finder tool here.

In addition, free COVID-19 testing and treatment is available at Community Health Centers, also known as Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs), to all people whether you have health insurance or not and regardless of your immigration status Find an FQHC near you with this search tool, through 211 online, or by directly calling 2-1-1 (support is available in English and Spanish).

Individuals with urgent symptoms may also continue to access services at acute care hospitals. The COVID-19 testing cost will be waived for uninsured individuals eligible for charity care. Information on the Charity Care Program can be found at: https://www.nj.gov/health/charitycare. You should talk to a medical provider before going to your local hospital.

Free Public Testing Locations by County

This list may not include all free testing sites. Please note that hours and restrictions at these testing sites may change on short notice.

Burlington County

Emergency Services, Training Center, 53 Academy Drive, Westampton

  • 8 am to 1 pm, Mondays
  • 12 pm to 6 pm, Tuesdays through Fridays
  • Open to all those who live, work, or go to school in Burlington County

Camden County

Camden County College, Dr. Martin Luther King Blvd and Broadway, Camden

  • 9:30 am to 4:30 pm, Mondays through Fridays
  • 8:30 am to 11:30 am, Saturdays and Sundays
  • Testing is by appointment only. Call 856-968-7100 or email Covid19swabsite@cooperhealth.edu

Cumberland County

Vineland Senior Center, 106 South 6th Street, Vineland

  • 9 am to 12 pm, Tuesdays and Thursdays

At-Home Testing

  • Free at-home saliva tests are available to residents of Cumberland County and essential workers in the county.
  • This test is performed at home through a video telehealth visit and submitted through the mail.
  • Request your free saliva test online

Essex County

Kmart - 235 Prospect Avenue, West Orange

  • 9 am to 5 pm, Mondays through Saturday
  • County residents 5 and over are eligible for testing.

Essex County College - 177 West Market Street, Newark

  • 9 am to 5 pm, Mondays through Saturday
  • County residents 5 and over are eligible for testing.

Iglesia Evangelica Quichua Church, 120 Prospect St, Irvington

  • 4pm to 8pm, Monday
  • County residents 5 and over are eligible for testing

New Jerusalem Church, 706 Nye Ave, Irvington

  • 10 am to 2 pm, Tuesday
  • County residents 5 and over are eligible for testing

Mary Eliza Mahoney Health Center, 394 University Ave, Newark

  • 9 am to 3 pm, Monday through Friday

Newark Community Health Center, 741 Broadway, Newark

  • 9 am to 3 pm, Monday through Friday

Newark Community Health Center, 101 Ludlow Street, Newark

  • 9 am to 3 pm, Monday through Friday

Newark Community Health Center, 155 Jefferson Street, Newark

  • 9 am to 3 pm, Monday through Friday

Newark Community Health Cente, 92 Ferry Street, Newark

  • 9 am to 3 pm, Monday through Friday

Branch Brook Park, 7th Ave and Clinton Avenue, Newark

  • 9 am to 3 pm, Tuesday through Saturday

The Waterfront, 2 Grafton Ave, Newark

  • 9 am to 3 pm, Monday through Saturday

Lincoln Park, Broad St and Lincoln Ave, Newark

  • 9 am to 3 pm, Tuesday through Saturday

Mt. Pleasant School, 155 Mt. Pleasant, Newark

  • 9 am to 3 pm, Tuesday through Saturday

St James Medical Center, 332 S.8th Street, Newark

  • 8 am to 6 pm, Monday through Friday

Newark Stadium, 541 Roseville Ave, Newark

  • 9 am to 3 pm, Monday through Saturday

Salerno Medical, 346 Roseville Ave, Newark

  • 8 am to 6 pm, Monday through Friday

University Hospital, 150 Bergen Street, Newark

  • 9 am to 3 pm, Monday through Friday

Newark Beth Israel, 201 Lyons Ave, Newark

  • 9 am to 3 pm, Monday through Friday

St Michaels Medical Center, 111 Central Ave, Newark

  • 9 am to 3 pm, Monday through Friday

Technology High School -- 223 Broadway, Newark

  • 10 am to 4pm, Tuesday

Barringer Academy -- 90 Parker Street, Newark

  • 8am to 2pm, Wednesday

Reedeemed Christian Church, 119 Stuyvesant Avenue, Newark

  • 10 am to 2 pm, Friday

Science Park High School -- 260 Norfolk Street, Newark

  • 2 pm to 6 pm, Friday

Independence Park -- 218 Van Buren Street, Newark

  • 4 pm to 8 pm, Friday

West Side Park -- 600 South 17th Street, Newark

  • 4pm to 8pm, Saturday

Gloucester County

Gloucester County Health Department, 204 E. Holly Ave, Sewell

  • Mondays through Fridays
  • Call (856) 218-4142 to schedule your appointment or for additional information

Hudson County

Bayonne Community Museum, 229 Broadway, Bayonne

  • 1pm to 7 pm, Thursdays
  • 9am to 3pm, Sundays

Riverside Medical Group, 609 Washington Street, Hoboken

  • 9 am to 2 pm, Tuesdays and Saturdays
  • Testing is available for Hoboken residents

Hoboken Medicine Men Pharmacy Compounding, 605 Jackson St, Hoboken

  • 9 am to 12 pm, Mondays and Fridays
  • 9 am to 12 pm and 4 pm to 7 pm, Wednesdays
  • Testing is available for Hoboken residents
  • Appointments: https://www.hobokennj.gov/testing

Prompt MD Urgent Care, 309 1st St., Hoboken

  • 8 am to 12:30, pm, Wednesdays and Thursdays
  • Testing is available for Hoboken residents

Jersey City Public Safety Headquarters, 465 Marin Blvd., Jersey City

  • 8 am to 4 pm, Monday through Saturday
  • Testing is available for Jersey City residents

The West Side Partners, 754 West Side Ave, Jersey City

  • 9 am to 5 pm, Monday through Friday
  • Testing is available for Jersey City residents

The New Journal Square SID, 10 Journal Square Plz., Jersey City

  • 9 am to 5 pm, Monday through Friday
  • Testing is available for Jersey City residents

Central Avenue Special Improvement District, 232 Central Ave., Jersey City

  • 9 am to 5 pm, Monday through Saturday
  • Testing is available for Jersey City residents

Downtown Special Improvement District, 332 Barrow St, Jersey City

  • 9 am to 5 pm, Monday through Saturday
  • Testing is available for Jersey City residents

South Hudson Civic Association, 546 West Side Ave., Jersey City

  • 1 to 8 pm, Mondays through Fridays
  • 1 to 8 pm, Sundays
  • Testing is available for Jersey City residents

McGinley Square Plaza - Mercer Street and Bergen Ave., Jersey City

  • 9 am to 5 pm, Monday through Friday
  • Testing is available for Jersey City residents

Bethune Center, 140 Dr. Martin Luther King Dr, Jersey City

  • 10 am to 4 pm, Wednesdays
  • Testing is available for Jersey City residents

Astor Community Garden and Neighborhood Association, 103 Astor Place, Jersey City

  • 11 - 3pm, Saturdays
  • Testing is available for Jersey City residents

Hudson Medical Plaza, Hudson Mall, 701, Rt. 440, Jersey City

  • 2 pm to 4 pm, Tuesdays and Thursdays
  • Testing is available for Jersey City residents

2 Exchange Place, Christopher Columbus Blvd. and Exchange Place, Jersey City

  • 2 pm to 6 pm, Tuesdays and Thursdays
  • Testing is available for Jersey City residents

James J. Bradock Park Site, James J. Braddock Park, North Bergen

  • 12 pm to 6 pm, Sundays Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays

Union City Testing Site, 36th St, Union City

  • 9 am to 4 pm, Mondays through Fridays
  • Testing is available for local residents

Hunterdon County

At-Home Testing

  • Free at-home saliva tests are available to all residents of Hunterdon County and those who work in the county.
  • This test is performed at home through a video telehealth visit and submitted through the mail.
  • Request your free saliva test online

Mercer County

At-Home Testing

  • Mercer County residents, first responders, and health care workers can request a free saliva collection test for COVID-19 test at mercercares.org.
  • This test is performed at home through a video telehealth visit and submitted through the mail.

Middlesex County

Highland Park Community Center - 220 South 6th Avenue, Highland Park

  • 9 am to 6:30 pm, Mondays
  • 9 am to 6:30 pm, Wednesdays
  • 9 am to 6:30 pm, Fridays
  • 10 am to 3 pm, Sundays
  • Testing is free with or without insurance; results will be emailed to you within 24-28 hours; PCR nasal swab test; walk-ins are welcome, just bring a form of ID. More information can be found online.

1 Ericsson Drive, Piscataway

  • Wednesdays
  • Appointments required. Make an appointment online or by calling 732-745-3100
  • Saliva test. Please do NOT eat, drink, smoke, vape or chew gum for 30 minutes prior to testing.

Ocean County

Ocean County College, 1 College Drive, Toms River

Passaic County

City of Passaic Health Division Clinic, 333 Passaic Street, Passaic

  • 11 am to 2pm, Wednesdays

C- Town -- 444 Madison Ave, Paterson

  • 5 pm to 9 pm, Monday, Sept. 20

C- Town -- 444 20th Ave, Paterson

  • 5 pm to 9 pm, Tuesday, Sept. 21

Banana King -- 21st Ave & Madison Ave, Paterson

  • 5 pm to 9 pm, Wednesday, Sept. 22

C- Town -- 444 20th Ave, Paterson

  • 5 pm to 9 pm, Friday, Sept. 24

Chase Bank, Market & Washington Street, Paterson

  • 10 am to 3:30 pm, Saturday, Sept. 25

Passaic County Department of Health Services -- 930 Riverview Drive, Totowa

  • 9 am to 6 pm, Thursdays

At-Home Testing

  • Free at-home saliva tests are available to residents of Passaic County
  • This test is performed at home through a video telehealth visit and submitted through the mail.
  • Request your free saliva test online

Somerset County

Bernards Township Community Center, 289 South Maple Ave, Basking Ridge

  • 9 am to 4 pm, Thursdays
  • Anyone age 5+

Hillsborough Wellness Center, Hillsborough

  • 9 am to 1 pm, Saturdays

Sussex County

At-Home Testing

  • Free at-home saliva tests are available to residents of Sussex County.
  • This test is performed at home through a video telehealth visit and submitted through the mail.
  • Request your free saliva test online

Union County

Cranford Shelter -- 220 Walnut Ave, Cranford

  • 9:30 am to 12:30 pm, Fridays

Kean University, 1000 Morris Ave (corner of Kean Drive and Morris Avenue), Union

  • 8 am to 11:30 am, Mondays
  • 8:30 am to 11:30 am, Thursdays

Gerald B Green Plaza -- 200 West 2nd Street, Plainfield

  • 10:30 am to 1:30pm, Wednesdays

Plainfield Resource Fair -- 716 Watching ave, Plainfield

  • 9:30am to 1:30pm, Fridays

Westfield High School -- 550 Dorian Rd, Westfield

  • 2:00pm to 6:30pm, Tuesdays

Warren County

At-Home Testing

  • Free at-home saliva tests are available to all residents of Warren County.
  • This test is performed at home through a video telehealth visit and submitted through the mail.
  • Request your free saliva test online

Insurance Coverage for COVID-19 Testing

At public testing locations, insurance is recommended but not required. Private testing locations may require insurance coverage.

State and federal laws require health insurers to cover COVID-19 diagnostic tests with no out-of-pocket costs during this emergency. However, in some instances insurance coverage may not apply, so be sure to check with your health plan directly as well as the testing site.

If you do not have health insurance or lose coverage, you may be eligible for free or low-cost coverage (www.njfamilycare.org) through NJ FamilyCare, New Jersey's publicly funded health insurance program. NJ Family Care includes CHIP, Medicaid and Medicaid expansion populations and covers doctor visits, prescriptions, vision, dental care, mental health and substance use services and even hospitalization.

In addition, you can visit GetCoveredNJ, a one-stop shop for health insurance for residents who do not have coverage from an employer or other program. Under the State's new health exchange, individuals eligible for subsidy assistance and premium tax credits will find the lowest net premiums since the passage of the Affordable Care Act more than a decade ago.

Visit Getcovered.nj.gov to learn more and apply for health insurance. Open Enrollment starts November 1, but you can enroll any time if you have a major life change, like having a baby, moving or losing job-based insurance.