HOLMDEL, NJ — The coronavirus testing site at the PNC Arts Center will begin screening New Jersey residents without symptoms of the disease beginning tomorrow, May 11.
In addition to continued testing for residents experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, testing will also be prioritized for asymptomatic health care workers and first-responders, people who work in congregate living settings, and New Jersey residents who have been in close contact with an individual who has tested positive for the disease
The PNC center location and the state’s other testing location established in partnership with the Federal Emergency Management Agency — at Bergen Community College in Paramus — are the only two in New Jersey welcoming asymptomatic patients, said Gov. Phil Murphy at his May 8 daily press briefing in making the announcement. Currently, there are 122 testing sites in the state.
“Expanding access to testing is one of our key principles for getting New Jersey firmly on the road back to restart and recovery," said Murphy. "By building-out our testing capacity, we can instill confidence among our residents that we are in front of the response and winning the fight against COVID-19.”
The expansion of testing is expected to yield an influx of new positive patients in a state that on May 9 reported 137,085 positive cases and at least 9,11 deaths — more than two months into the coronavirus outbreak.
“We ask asymptomatic individuals to try and contact a health care provider before seeking testing, as it is critical that testing is available for our front-line workers and vulnerable populations,” Murphy noted.
The drive-through PNC center site opens at 8 a.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays for the general public and on Saturdays for health care workers and first-responders (police, fire, EMS) only.
While the testing is free, proof of New Jersey residency is required. Health care workers and first-responder must bring appropriate identification. For individuals less than 18 years of age, a parent/guardian must be present. For details, click here.
Below are the CDC-recognized symptoms of COVID-19:
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Fever (at or above 99.6°F)
- Repeated shaking with chills
- Sore throat
- Muscle pain
- New loss of taste or smell
For more information on testing, visit the state’s COVID-19 Information Hub by clicking here.
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