TRENTON, NJ -- To combat the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus), Mercer County and Vault Health Services tested 302 people for COVID-19 on Tuesday during walk-up testing at CURE Insurance Arena. In addition to staff from the County and Vault, the Trenton Health Team provided bilingual nurses to help operate the testing site, and volunteers from Mercer’s Medical Reserve Corps pitched in with two nurses from the City of Trenton administering the tests. 

“We had a very successful testing site today,” said County Executive Brian M. Hughes, one of the 302 people who got tested. “There is a high demand for testing now, and we were able to take care of citizens throughout Mercer County, and especially the City of Trenton. We’ll be offering free testing at the arena again next Tuesday, and people still have the option of doing home testing.”

The free saliva test will be offered again at the arena, located at 81 Hamilton Ave., again on Tuesday, December 1, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  The testing is available for residents 14 years or older and anyone employed as a first responder or health care worker in Mercer County.

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Those going to the arena for COVID-19 testing on December 1 should use Parking Lot 2 off South Broad Street to access Gate A. Testing will be conducted in the arena concourse. Bring identification showing Mercer County residency and a smartphone or tablet if you have one. No prescription is necessary. Those being tested should avoid eating, drinking, chewing gum or smoking 30 minutes prior to taking the test.

Testing will be limited to 300 people but additional pop-up testing sites will be scheduled around the County in the near future. 

To avoid the lines, Mercer County also offers an at-home saliva test for COVID-19, which can be requested by visiting www.mercercares.org. Assistance with online registration will be available Friday at the arena. Test kits to collect the saliva specimen will be available on site.

An updated list of COVID-19 testing locations in Mercer County can be found on the Trenton Health Team’s website.

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