LAWRENCE, NJ -- Mercer County residents will have access to their own COVID-19 testing site, Mercer County Executive Brian M. Hughes announced Saturday. The drive-up site, set to open Tuesday, will be located at Quaker Bridge Mall and be accessible by appointment only.
Residents, 18 or older, who want to be tested are asked to obtain a prescription from their primary healthcare provider.
The testing center, which initially will be open weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., is a collaborative effort between the County of Mercer, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Hamilton, Capital Health System, St. Francis Medical Center in Trenton and the Trenton Health Team. Testing will be conducted by Bio-Reference Laboratories.
“Testing for COVID-19 is necessary to identify and isolate people with infections,” Hughes said citing challenges such as securing testing kits and the personal protective equipment for site volunteers.
Once an individual has been screened by their primary care physician, if deemed eligible for a test a prescription will be sent to the Mercer County call center. Staff at the center will then call the patient, schedule an appointment, and give all necessary instructions.
Walk ups will not be permitted and patients will not leave their vehicle.
If you believe you may have symptoms of COVID-19, the State of New Jersey’s COVID-19 Information Hub provides a self-assessment tool that will help you determine whether you should be tested. Visit self.covid19.nj.gov
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