Starting on Monday, March 23, a drive-in test center at PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, will open to the public at 8 AM daily until it reaches capacity. The gates will not open until 8 AM. Drivers will not be permitted to wait on the Garden State Parkway before the gates open. Commuter lots at the venue will be closed.
Because of limited supplies, the state will only test New Jersey residents who are showing symptoms of a respiratory illness including a cough, shortness of breath, or a fever of at least 99.6 degrees.
There is a limited amount of specimen collection kits and personal protective equipment, known as PPE. Each of the state-run sites will receive 2,500 specimen collection kits, and all staff will have PPE.
Both the PNC and Bergen County site will offer the tests free of charge, covered by either the federal government or the patient’s insurance company. Those going for a test should bring an insurance card if they have one.
The tests will be sent to a lab and results will come back in 2 to 5 business days.
The testing sites will be run by the state in a partnership with FEMA Region II, the state Department of Health, the New Jersey State Police, and the New Jersey National Guard.
People coming to get tested should bring proof of New Jersey residence. A doctor’s note is not required.
Other testing sites have been set up in New Jersey by hospitals and medical groups, including at Atlantic Health System in Morris Township, two in Secaucus and another at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick. Patients must work with their doctors to get tested.
Kean University is opening a testing site that is appointment-only, and for Union County residents only. However, testing will be by appointment only and patients must be Union County residents, first responders or essential county personnel. Patients will have to be registered through their doctor or healthcare provider to make an appointment. Patients must also arrive by car. The testing location will not allow patients without vehicles to enter the campus, even with a valid prescription and appointment.
Visit https://covid19.nj.gov/search.html?query=Testing+Centers+in+NJ for testing center details.