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

Two of the most critical steps to getting New Jersey on the road to recovery is our State's expanded testing program for COVID-19 and contact tracing strategy. Together, they are the key to saving lives and stopping the spread of this deadly disease.

Our first responders and health care workers are saving lives every day – and so can you. Your family, your friends, your neighbors – their lives are literally in your hands. So here's how you can do your part:

  • Get Tested – Testing is now available to all New Jerseyans. You could have COVID-19 and not even know it. Protect yourself and save the lives of your loved ones and neighbors by getting tested – especially if you have symptoms, have been in close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19, are an essential worker, were recently in a large crowd where social distancing was hard to maintain, or recently travelled to an area or a state with high COVID-19 infection rates.
  • Answer The Phone When A Contact Tracer Calls – You've been called because you tested positive for COVID-19 or may have come into close contact with someone who has. Contact tracers are calling with life-saving information that will keep you, your loved ones, and your community healthy.
  • Add Your Phone to the COVID Fight. Download the COVID Alert NJ App - The app is New Jersey's free and secure mobile app that anonymously alerts users if they have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. COVID Alert NJ uses Bluetooth proximity technology, never records any identifying data, and all users will remain anonymous. Download the app from the Google Play Store or Apple App Store.

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 stop the spread of COVID-19.

  • How Contact Tracing Saves Lives

    Learn more about contact tracing and how it helps stop the spread of COVID-19.

  • Get Tested

    Learn more about where and how to get tested for COVID-19 in New Jersey.

  • Free Pop-Up Testing

    Find free pop-up testing sites in COVID-19 hotspots

  • Symptom Checker

    Use this self-assessment tool to help find out what you should do to protect yourself and your loved ones.

  • Download the COVID Alert NJ App

    Learn more about how New Jersey's official exposure notification app helps protect you and your loved ones while ensuring your privacy, and how it differs from traditional contact tracing.

  • Answer The Call - Stop COVID-19

    Learn why it's so important to answer your phone when a contact tracer calls as well as what you will and will NOT be asked.

  • Protecting Your Privacy

    Learn how the State is protecting your data and privacy in its contact tracing program.

  • Work As A Contact Tracer

    Learn more about how you can work as a contact tracer and help save lives.

  • Correcting Rumors and Misinformation

    Learn what false rumors and disinformation are circulating about COVID-19 and get the facts.

  • What happens if I test positive? How long do I need to stay home?

    Last Updated: 01/05/2021
    If you test positive for COVID-19, a New Jersey contact tracer will reach out to you with life-saving information about how best to protect yourself and your loved ones. COVID-19 is mainly spread f...
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  • For Contact Tracing, Who is Considered A Close Contact?

    Last Updated: 10/24/2020
    For contact tracing purposes, a "close contact" is anyone who spent 15 minutes or more within a 24-hour period and was within 6 feet of a person infected with COVID-19 while they were infectious (2...
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  • How you can help the State’s contact tracing program? How can I become a contact tracer?

    Last Updated: 10/24/2020
    Answer The Call – Protect Your Loved Ones – Stop COVID-19 Your help is the key to stopping the spread of COVID-19 and protecting your loved ones. Contact tracers are calling with life-saving in...
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  • Where can I find a list of public testing locations? How can I access free COVID-19 testing or treatment?

    Last Updated: 02/25/2021
    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...
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  • How is the State tracing so many contacts?

    Last Updated: 02/25/2021
    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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  • What’s the difference between local testing, pharmacy testing sites, and private testing sites?

    Last Updated: 07/14/2020
    Testing is now available to everyone in New Jersey. It's especially important to get tested if: You are experiencing symptoms (fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills, sore throat, muscle pain, ...
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