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What do I need to bring to get tested at a community testing site? What should I expect when I’m there?

In order to be eligible for testing at community-based testing sites, individuals must be current New Jersey residents and meet specific testing criteria: fever of at least 99.6°F and respiratory symptoms such as a cough or shortness of breath.

If you do not meet testing criteria, you will be turned away. This self-assessment can help you decide what to do.

If you are having a medical emergency, call 9-1-1. Do not report to a testing site or wait at a testing site. Testing sites are not emergency care facilities. Call 9-1-1 and tell the dispatcher about your medical emergency.

You must bring identification to show proof of NJ residency (government-issued photo ID). If you are a healthcare worker or first responder, bring appropriate identification. For individuals less than 18 years of age, a parent/guardian must be present.

Do not take fever-reducing medicine prior to testing (such as Tylenol or Advil) for at least 6 hours prior to arrival.

Testing will be staffed by the NJ Department of Health, the NJ State Police, and the NJ National Guard.

Be prepared for long wait times. No restrooms will be available. Bring water and other items to be comfortable while waiting. Expect a media presence. Every effort will be made by managers of the sites to maintain patient privacy.

Individuals will drive through a secured area and will remain in their vehicles throughout the entire testing process. Testing includes a nasal swab.

Find a local testing center near you here.

Updated/Reviewed: 3/30/20

Source: https://www.state.nj.us/health/cd/documents/topics/NCOV/COVID-19-PUBLIC%20FAQs_03202020.pdf