HOLMDEL, NJ — A drive-through testing site for the coronavirus opens at 8 a.m. every day at the PNC Bank Arts Center, accessible only from the Garden State Parkway.
However, only New Jersey residents with serious symptoms of respiratory illness will be tested for COVID-19 at the regional center, which is staffed by the state Department of Health, the New Jersey State Police and the New Jersey National Guard.
Priority will be given to people with a fever of 99.6F or above and are experiencing a cough and shortness of breath. A valid New Jersey ID will need to be presented to receive testing. Officials are stressing that residents who do not meet that criteria will be turned away at the site.
Take the coronavirus self-assessment by clicking here to see if you qualify to receive testing at the Holmdel site.
In addition, they want to avoid the long lines that have been forming at New Jersey’s first testing site at Bergen Community College in Paramus, which tested 600 people on its first day of operation on Friday, March 20 another 300 on Saturday, March 21 and an unspecified number on Sunday, March 22 — having to close within hours of opening on each day due to the demand.
We have had great success in testing over 1,000 individuals in just two days at our community-based testing site in Bergen County,” said Murphy. “Through our partnership with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, we are able to open a second drive-through location in Central Jersey, which is an important step in dramatically ramping up our testing capabilities throughout the state. Expanding access to testing is vital in flattening the curve and mitigating the spread of COVID-19 in New Jersey.”
Testing continues each day while testing supplies last. Gates at the arts center, situated near Exit 116, will not open until that time and individuals will not be permitted to line up along the parkway. The commuter lots will be closed. In addition, the Garden State Parkway access road located on Crawfords Corner Road will be closed until further notice, according to the Holmdel Police Department.
Testing is free and will be covered by the federal government or personal insurance company. Click here for a flier on "What You Should Know" before going to the site.
The specimen collections will be transmitted to the contracted laboratory twice per day and results will be reported within two to five business days, according to the N.J. Department of Health.
New Jersey has been identified as one of 12 “priority” states by the Federal Emergency Management Agency and selected to have COVID-19 testing sites supported by the federal agency.
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