ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — This week's Essex County COVID-19 satellite testing site will be in the South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC) parking lot in South Orange from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. 

This will be in addition to continuing to operate its drive through testing center in Weequahic Park in Newark. The tests are by appointment only and are being offered to Essex County residents free of charge. To make an appointment, visit www.EssexCovid.org or call 973-877-8456.

"Unfortunately, Essex County leads the state in the number of deaths caused by the coronavirus," said Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo. "Our fight against this deadly disease is far from over, and we must remain vigilant and aggressive to combat it. Testing is a critical tool that will tell us exactly how widespread the virus is and who has been infected. Whether you are exhibiting symptoms of the coronavirus or not, we encourage residents to make an appointment and get tested.

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"We want to make it as easy as possible for Essex residents to have access to testing. The Weequahic site has been hugely successful and offering other satellite testing sites will make getting tested more convenient."

The Weequahic Park testing site will be held from 9 a.m. to 12 noon on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays during June. Additional dates will be added.

Essex County residents with or without symptoms are encouraged to get tested. Residents age 13 and older are welcome to get tested. Residents are encouraged to get retested if they have taken the swab or saliva tests 14 days ago or more and have received negative test results. Testing is provided free of charge; health insurance is not required.

After solidifying an appointment, residents should bring the confirmation number with them. They are asked to arrive 15 minutes before their scheduled appointment. Residents taking the COVID-19 saliva test should not eat, drink, smoke or chew gum 30 minutes prior to arrival.