PARAMUS, NJ - Bergen County Community College opened a COVID-19 testing site this morning and will remain open seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. for New Jersey residents experiencing symptoms of respiratory illness.

Location of Testing Site: Bergen Community College, Paramus Campus – Lots B & C, 400 Paramus Road; Hours - 8am-4pm seven days a week

The testing site is for New Jersey residents who are experiencing symptoms of respiratory illness. Individuals who are not symptomatic will not be tested, as it diverts critical resources such as testing kits and laboratory materials from those who are ill. Priority will be given to symptomatic individuals experiencing cough, fever (99.6F or above) and shortness of breath.

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Each site will be provided with an allocation of 2,500 specimen collection kits and Personal Protective Equipment for all staff. The specimen collections will be transmitted to the contracted laboratory twice per day and results will be reported within 2-5 business days. Testing is free and will be covered by the federal government or personal insurance company. Individuals are encouraged to bring insurance cards if they have one.

The testing site, established in partnership with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, will be staffed by the New Jersey Department of Health, the New Jersey State Police, and the New Jersey National Guard.

“Expanding access to testing is critical in mitigating the spread of COVID-19 and flattening the curve in New Jersey,” said Governor Murphy. “I am grateful to the Federal Emergency Management Agency for their swift response in fulfilling our request for specimen collection kits and personal protective equipment so that we can successfully offer expansive drive-thru testing in New Jersey.”

“It is extremely important that only New Jersey residents with fever or signs or symptoms of respiratory illness visit the testing location,” said New Jersey Department of Health Commissioner Judith Persichilli. We must reserve our testing capacity for those who are sick and may exposure others.”

"We are working tirelessly to contain the spread of the coronavirus in New Jersey," said Colonel Patrick Callahan, Superintendent of the New Jersey State Police. "This testing site will be a tremendous asset to our mission and an invaluable health care resource for New Jersey citizens.

“The testing of residents is a mission the New Jersey National Guard is ready to assist with in the battle against COVID-19,” said Brig. Gen. Jemal J. Beale, the Adjutant General and Commissioner, New Jersey Department of Military and Veterans Affairs. “Our Citizen Soldiers and Airmen stand ready to serve where ever the Governor needs us.”

 For more information about Community-Based Testing Sites, visit: https://www.nj.gov/health/