TRENTON, NJ -- Mercer County officials announced on Wednesday that COVID-19 (coronavirus) testing is now available for residents who may not be experiencing symptoms but believe they may have been exposed to the virus. The expanded access to testing is open to any County resident age 18 or older who has a doctor’s prescription and schedules an appointment, even those who are asymptomatic.
Previously, testing was open only to individuals who presented coronavirus symptoms.
“We want to be able to test more people, so we're opening it up to asymptomatic residents provided they have a prescription,” said Mercer County Executive Brian M. Hughes. “If you believe you’ve been exposed to COVID-19 but don’t have symptoms, you can now get tested at our sites.”
The County's primary appointment-only, drive-up testing site relocated this week from Quaker Bridge Mall in Lawrence to the parking lot across from the County Administration Building at 640 South Broad St. in Trenton, one block south of CURE Insurance Arena. The change was made in anticipation of commerce returning to the mall in the near future.
Symptoms of COVID-19 can include fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat and new loss of taste and smell.
Individuals who want to be tested should contact their primary health care practitioner. If a test is needed, the doctor will fax a prescription to the Mercer County health call center at (609) 630-4031, and the center will contact you to schedule an appointment. Those who show up at a testing site without an appointment will not be able to be tested.
The County, in collaboration with its health care and municipal partners, also operates appointment-only, walk-up testing sites in Trenton and Hightstown.Anyone without transportation to a drive-up testing site will be offered an appointment at a walk-up site along with instructions on when and where to go. The Trenton walk-up sites are open in each city ward one day a week. The Hightstown site is open Fridays at 12 noon in the parking lot of St. Anthony of Padua Church, 156 Maxwell Ave.
Mercer County residents who do not have a doctor can call an urgent care center or call the Henry J. Austin Health Center at (609) 259-5900 to ask about testing. They can help patients you to talk with a doctor by phone or video. Henry J. Austin will serve all patients, including those without health insurance. There is no charge for the test at Mercer County testing sites.
To ask questions about the testing process, call (609) 337-4081 Monday through Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Español, call (609) 436-5038 Monday through Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.
The testing sites are collaborative efforts between the County of Mercer, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Hamilton, Capital Health System, St. Francis Medical Center in Trenton, the Trenton Health Team, Henry J. Austin Health Center and the City of Trenton.
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