PISCATAWAY, NJ - Middlesex County health officials began COVID-19 testing in Piscataway on Thursday with its new drive-through clinic at the former Ericksson property along Hoes Lane.

Through windows opened about an inch, county medical personnel coached patients on how to take the new saliva-based test that was developed by researchers at Rutgers University.

“Unlike the nasal swab, this new test is less invasive since they only have to spit into a saliva collection device and fill it up to the indicated line,” said John Dowd, the Public Information Officer for the Middlesex County Health Department. Results are available in 24-48 hours.

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Open to county residents, about 450 people registered to be tested on Thursday, the first of four dates the clinic is open before moving to New Brunswick later next week.

Medical personnel on site “are county employees from various divisions including health education, public awareness, nursing, inspection division, environmental division, and volunteers from our Medical Reserve Corps staff,” said Dowd.

COVID-19 testing is free and available for anyone living in Middlesex County who is symptomatic or asymptomatic.

The Piscataway testing center will be open again from May 29 through June 2 from 10 am. to 2 p.m.

Residents can schedule an appointment up to three days in advance by visiting middlesexcountynj.gov/covid19testing or calling 732-745-3100.