NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – A by-appointment-only walk-up COVID-19 testing site at the A.C. Redshaw Elementary School will be open Thursday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Middlesex County’s Department of Public Safety & Health and Office of Health Services, in collaboration with the city of New Brunswick and the city’s school system, will open the site at 216 Livingston Ave.
The site will provide the recently unveiled saliva-based test kits to Middlesex County residents.
The innovative saliva-based testing method was developed by RUCDR Infinite Biologics and Accurate Diagnostic Labs in conjunction with RWJBarnabas Health.
Middlesex County was the first in the nation to pilot this newly developed testing procedure on April 15 in Edison, which offers rapid turnaround of results in 24 to 48 hours. Since its initial use at Edison, the saliva test has also been deployed by Middlesex County to its testing site in South Brunswick.
“One of the most effective tools in slowing the spread of the coronavirus is the ability to perform large numbers of field tests," New Brunswick Mayor Jim Cahill said. "By using the innovative saliva-based testing first introduced by Middlesex County earlier this month, and its ability to provide rapid results, this new walk-up site will help the county and city even better gauge the level of infection and help our residents get the care they need. New Brunswick is extremely grateful for the county’s leadership and vision and our continued partnership with our public schools.”
To receive testing, you must be a Middlesex County resident (proof of residency is required including, but not limited to: a valid driver’s license; state issued identification; or two pieces of mail including utility bills, bank statements, or similar documentation with name and address), make an appointment online or via phone, as well as either have a valid doctor’s prescription or be exhibiting symptoms which include: fever 100.4 degrees or higher (99.6 degrees for people 65 years and older); respiratory symptoms; and/or shortness of breath.
Those wishing to be tested will be required to make an appointment beginning at 10 a.m. two days before the desired test day. If the resident does not have access to the internet or has connectivity problems, they are instructed to call 732-745-3100 to make an appointment beginning at 10 a.m.
A list of testing dates and locations, including those at Edison and South Brunswick, is updated regularly at http://www.middlesexcountynj.gov/Government/Departments/PSH/Pages/COVID-19--Testing.aspx.
The saliva test has a 100% accuracy rate in predicting presence of SARS-CoV2 COVID-19 when compared to currently available swab testing. It is a simple method of collection (spit and seal) and test results are usually available in 24 to 48 hours.
The test is a non-invasive, pain-free procedure for sample collection.
“Throughout this COVID-19 pandemic, our municipalities have been integral partners to the county, working with us to give residents vital access to testing,” said Freeholder Director Ronald G. Rios. “This week’s opening of the walk-up testing site is the result of weeks of planning even prior to the introduction of the pilot site in Edison. Ultimately our county has the foresight to expand testing as it will be the best weapon against the spread of this deadly virus. On behalf of the Board of Chosen Freeholders, I would like to thank the city of New Brunswick and New Brunswick Public Schools for their collaboration in this effort.”