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The Road Back: Expanding Testing Capacity and Contact Tracing in New Jersey

Our State's path to restart the economy safely and responsibly is paved by the principle that public health creates economic health.

In order to put our state on that road to recovery, the Governor is implementing an expanded testing regime and contact tracing strategy. Together, they are the key to breaking the chain of COVID-19 transmission, slowing the spread of this disease, and saving lives.

Expanded testing and contact tracing will help give New Jerseyans confidence that we are ready to move forward. Below you will find more information about how contact tracing works, how we're expanding testing, steps we're taking to protect your privacy, and what you can do to help.

Additional Information

  • Where and how do I get tested for COVID-19 in New Jersey? Who should get testing?

    GENERAL INFORMATION Testing is prioritized for health care workers and first responders, personnel in congregate living settings, those who have been in close contact with an individual who has tes...
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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 one of the two state-wide community-based testing sites, opened in partnership with FEMA, individuals must be current New Jersey residents. Testing is priorit...
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  • For Contact Tracing, Who is Considered A Close Contact?

    For contact tracing purposes, a "close contact" is anyone who was within six feet of you for more than 10 minutes starting two days before you first had symptoms. Source: Governor's Remarks 5/12/20...
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  • What Should I Do If I’m Called by a Contact Tracer?

    Answer the phone and speak with the contact tracer. The reason you have been called is because you may have come into contact with an individual confirmed to have COVID-19. Contact tracers are here...
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  • How is the State tracing so many contacts?

    As testing of individuals for COVID-19 increases, so does the need for contact tracers to conduct interviews with individuals who may have come into contact with those who tested positive. It is es...
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  • Should “contacts of contacts” be tested?

    No. Being the contact of someone who has close contact with a person who has COVID-19 does not warrant testing. For example, if you have a coworker whose family member is a confirmed case, you woul...
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  • What’s the difference between community-based testing, local testing, pharmacy testing sites, and private testing sites?

    COMMUNITY-BASED TESTING SITES In partnership with FEMA, New Jersey has opened two community-based testing sites for any New Jersey resident who is experiencing symptoms of respiratory illness. In o...
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  • How you can help the State’s contact tracing program?

    Your participation is crucial. Creating the Community Contact Tracing Corps will rely heavily on all of us. If you test positive, we need you to share your close contacts. That information is used ...
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