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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?

Last Updated: 05/08/2020

In order to be eligible for testing at one of the two state-wide community-based testing sites, opened in partnership with FEMA, individuals must be current New Jersey residents.

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

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 proof of NJ residency. You must bring documentation that proves your identity and New Jersey residency. Acceptable forms of documentation include, but are not limited to, ID cards issued by a government, employer, or educational institution, passports, utility bills, or tax documents.

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.

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