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

Last Updated: 01/27/2023

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.

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 or on 211's online list of community clinics.

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.

For additional testing locations and information on COVID-19 testing in New Jersey, visit covid19.nj.gov/testing.

Free Public Testing Locations by County

Burlington County

BCHD Willingboro Town Center, 4390 Rt. 130 North, Willingboro

  • 8 am to 3 pm, Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays
  • 11 am to 6 pm, Tuesdays and Thursdays
  • Open to all those who live, work, or go to school in Burlington County
  • Walk ups are welcome; appointments are encouraged. Make an appointment online.

Essex County

Newark Department of Health (Mary Eliza Mahoney Health Center) – 394 University Ave, Newark

  • 9 am to 3 pm, Monday through Friday
  • Free, Insurance required

Branch Brook Park (Roller Skating Center) - Clifton Avenue and 7th Ave, Newark

  • 9 am to 3 pm, Tuesdays to Saturdays
  • Newark Residents Only
  • Free, Insurance required

Lincoln Park, Broad Street/Lincoln Park, Newark

  • 9 am to 3 pm, Tuesdays to Saturdays
  • Newark Residents Only
  • Free, Insurance required

Newark Community Health Center - 741 Broadway, Newark

  • 9 am to 3 pm, Monday through Friday
  • Free, Insurance required

Newark Community Health Center -101 Ludlow Street, Newark

  • 9 am to 3 pm, Monday through Friday
  • Free, Insurance required

Newark Community Health Center - 92 Ferry Street, Newark

  • 9 am to 3 pm, Monday through Friday
  • Free, Insurance required

St James Health Center – 228 Lafayette Street, Newark

  • 8 am to 6 pm, Monday through Friday
  • By appointment only, call 973-789-8111
  • Free, Insurance required

St James Health Center – 332 South 8th Street, Newark

  • 8 am to 6 pm, Monday through Friday
  • By appointment only, call 973-245-0060
  • Free, Insurance required

Hudson County

Infinity Institute, 193 Old Bergen Road, Jersey City

  • 9 am to 5 pm, Monday - Friday
  • Free testing with insurance, $75 charge without insurance
  • Jersey City Residents or J.C. Business Employees

Connors Center, 28 Paterson St., Jersey City

  • 8:30 am to 4 pm, Monday to Friday
  • Free testing with insurance, $75 charge without insurance
  • Jersey City Residents or J.C. Business Employees

City Hall (Lobby) - 280 Grove Street, Jersey City

  • 9 am to 5 pm, Monday - Friday
  • Free testing with insurance, $75 charge without insurance
  • Jersey City Residents or J.C. Business Employees

City Hall Annex (Lobby) - 1 Jackson Square, Jersey City

  • 9 am to 5 pm, Monday - Friday
  • Free testing with insurance, $75 charge without insurance
  • Jersey City Residents or J.C. Business Employees

JCMC Women's Health Building - 377 Jersey Avenue, Jersey City

  • 11 am to 6 pm, Sunday through Friday
  • Free testing with insurance, $75 charge without insurance
  • Jersey City Residents or J.C. Business Employees

Lincoln Park (Tennis Court Building) - 1 County Rd 605, Jersey City

  • 9 am to 5pm, Monday - Friday
  • Free testing with insurance, $75 charge without insurance
  • Jersey City Residents or J.C. Business Employees

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

  • 9 am to 8 pm, Mondays to Fridays
  • 9 am to 5 pm, Saturdays and Sundays
  • Free testing with insurance, $75 charge without insurance
  • Jersey City Residents or J.C. Business Employees

Monmouth County

Asbury Park Municipal Building Lobby - 1 Municipal Plaza, Asbury Park

  • 4 pm to 7 pm, Wednesday, February 1

Ocean County

Lacey Community Center - 101 N Main St, Forked River

  • 11 am to 3 pm, Wednesdays

Somerset County

Bernards Township Community Center - 289 S. Maple Ave., Basking Ridge

  • 9 am to 4 pm, Thursdays
  • Free with insurance

Montogmery Township Department of Health, Municipal Building, 100 Community Drive, Skillman

  • 8 am to 5 pm, Mondays and Tuesdays
  • 10 am to 6 pm, Wednesdays
  • Free with insurance

Union County

Plainfield Performing Arts Center - 724 Park Ave, Plainfield

  • 9 am to 4 pm, Wednesdays
  • No appointments needed. Walk-ups welcome.

Warinanco Sporting Center - 1 Park Drive, Roselle

  • 7 am to 12 pm, Thursdays
  • No appointments needed. Walk-ups welcome.

Union County EMS Building - 545 Laurel Ave, Roselle Park

  • 9 am to 12 pm, Mondays
  • No appointments needed. Walk-ups welcome.

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.