TRENTON, NJ - Just hours after the initial announcement, officials rescinded the notification that the state's FEMA sites would be screening asymptomatic residents. 

Both the Bergen Community College and PNC Bank Arts Center will continue to only screen New Jersey residents who are symptomatic. 

Governor Phil Murphy explained at his Wednesday afternoon press conference that the state would need "a federal waiver from HHS" (the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.)

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"The entire testing regime, with an eye down the road toward what it needs to look like for a re-opening is something that we're reviewing from top to bottom," said Murphy.


PARAMUS/HOLMDEL, NJ - The FEMA sites in both Bergen and Monmouth counties are now screening residents without symptoms, effective Thursday.

According to an email from the Bergen County Department of Health Services sent midday, the screening sites at Bergen Community College and PNC Bank Arts Center will now be screening New Jersey residents who are asymptomatic. Below is an excerpt from the email:

Given the decreasing volume of tests conducted at the Bergen Community College and PNC / Monmouth Co. testing sites, these sites will now conduct testing on any New Jersey resident, regardless of symptom status. There is no longer a requirement that persons must be symptomatic prior to testing. The policy change will take effect on Thursday. 


The Bergen site first opened on Friday, March 20.  The Monmouth site opened on Monday, March 23.



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