NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – A walk-up coronavirus testing site using the newly developed saliva test will be available by appointment only at the A.C. Redshaw Elementary School in New Brunswick on Thursday, April 30 and Friday, May 1 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Appointments are still required for the walk-up site. The site is for Middlesex County residents only.
Middlesex County's Edison drive-thru coronavirus testing site has been utilizing the recently FDA-approved saliva test designed by Rutgers' RUCDR Infinite Biologics, RWJBarnabas Health and Accurate Diagnostic Labs since April 15. It was then used at the other county drive-thru testing site in South Brunswick. Unlike other tests that use a nasal swab, the newly designed test is collected by a spit and seal method. In addition to reducing the exposure to healthcare personnel collecting the sample, the saliva test delivers results in 24-48 hours while being non-invasive and pain-free to the patient.
The New Brunswick testing site is being made available to Middlesex County residents through a collaboration between the county's Department of Public Safety & Health and Office of Health Services, the City of New Brunswick and the New Brunswick Public School System. A.C. Redshaw Elementary School is located at 216 Livingston Avenue.
“Throughout this COVID-19 pandemic, our municipalities have been integral partners to the County, working with us to give residents vital access to testing. This week’s opening of the walk-up testing site is the result of weeks of planning even prior to the introduction of the pilot site in Edison. Ultimately our County has the foresight to expand testing as it will be the best weapon against the spread of this deadly virus. On behalf of the Board of Chosen Freeholders, I would like to thank the City of New Brunswick and New Brunswick Public Schools for their collaboration in this effort,” said Freeholder Director Ronald G. Rios.
“One of the most effective tools in slowing the spread of the Coronavirus is the ability to perform large numbers of field tests. By using the innovative saliva-based testing first introduced by Middlesex County earlier this month, and its ability to provide rapid results, this new walk-up site will help the County and City even better gauge the level of infection and help our residents get the care they need,” said New Brunswick Mayor Jim Cahill. “New Brunswick is extremely grateful for the County’s leadership and vision and our continued partnership with our Public Schools.”
“Our main priority during this challenging time is taking care of our residents and first responders. By dramatically increasing testing capabilities and to offer it free, we are saving countless lives in our County and beyond. There hasn’t been a time that I have been prouder to be a member of the Board of Chosen Freeholders than now as we are working tirelessly on every front to fight this battle. Together with our partners, healthcare professionals and our residents, we will defeat this virus,” said Freeholder and Chair of Public Safety & Health Committee, Shanti Narra.
Residents still need to make an appointment even though the New Brunswick testing site is a walk-up. According to the website, a patient must be at least 18 years of age. In order to make an online appointment, residents must have a valid prescription from a doctor or be exhibiting the following coronavirus symptoms:
- A fever of 100.4 or higher for adults of children or a fever of 99.6 in adults 65 years of age of older
- Respiratory symptoms and/or shortness of breath
Patients should not eat, drink, smoke or chew gum 30 minutes before providing a saliva sample. A coronavirus saliva test will not be given to patients who do not follow the guidelines for the coronavirus saliva test.
Appointments for Thursday, April 30 can made starting at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, April 28. Friday, May 1 appointments can be made beginning on Wednesday, April 29 at 10 a.m. Appointments can be made online or by telephoning 732-745-3100.
When arriving for the scheduled appointment time, a patient must bring the printout confirmation in addition to proof of residency. If multiple people are being tested, each person must bring his or her confirmation printout. Proof of residency can include a valid driver's license, state-issued identification or two pieces of mail such as a bank statement or utility bill.
If a patient does not show up for a scheduled appointment or cancels, another appointment cannot be booked. The testing site webpage strongly urges residents to only reserve an appointment if they are able to attend at the scheduled time.
Drive-thru coronavirus testing for Middlesex County residents are still available at the Edison and South Brunswick sites.