NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - On a day when county officials announced that the total number of COVID-19 cases in New Brunswick climbed to 140, a second drive-thru testing center in Middlesex County was being prepared to open later this week.

County and New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission officials announced that the inspection station at 2236 Route 130 North in South Brunswick will open Friday.

The South Brunswick test site will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 10, 13 and 15.

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The Edison test site which opened last week will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on April 17, 20 and 22.

The total COVID-19 cases in Middlesex County is 2,567, according to county officials. On Tuesday, Gov. Murphy announces 3,361 new COVID-19 cases and 232 deaths - the highest single-day death toll. That brings total COVID-19 count in NJ to 44,416 positives and 1,232 total deaths.

Those wishing to be tested will be required to make an appointment and meet a set of criteria. Those wishing to make an appointment can begin doing so at 10 a.m. the day before their desired test day. Residents wishing to make an appointment should visit the county's website to register and receive a time to report to the testing site.

If the resident does not have access to the internet or is having connectivity problems, they should call 732-745-3100 to make an appointment (from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.). Appointments will only be made the day prior to a testing day, except for the April 13 test day. Appointment booking for the Monday, April 13 testing day will take place on Saturday, April 11 at 10 a.m. due to the Easter holiday

“The COVID-19 testing site in Edison has been a success, giving hundreds of our residents access to the COVID-19 testing they need which, in turn, helps our professionals track the spread of the disease. To give residents in municipalities further south in our County access to a drive-thru site, we are opting to add an additional County-run testing site in South Brunswick. I would like to thank all those that have been involved in setting up the Edison site and moving the operation to South Brunswick,” said Freeholder Director Ronald G. Rios.

CRITERIA FOR TESTING

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.

Middlesex County residents that have symptoms and would like to be tested, should visit the county's website to register and receive a time to report to the testing site. Registrants must bring the completed registration form and proof of residency 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, to the testing site.

If the person is not a Middlesex County resident, does not have a scheduled appointment, or does not have symptoms, they will not receive testing.

TEST KITS AND RESULTS

The County has been working with the State of New Jersey, as well as a number of private labs to secure the number of test kits needed to sustain a testing center. The collected specimens will be sent to one of the approved laboratories, and results will be reported within 2 to 5 business days.

RESOURCES FOR MORE INFORMATION

Residents can visit the Middlesex County website or contact 2-1-1 for information about the testing site, as well as call the Middlesex County Office of Health Services at 732-745-3100.

If residents have questions about COVID-19 they can call 2-1-1 or the 24-hour public hotline at 1-800-962-1252 or 1-800-222-1222, or text NJCOVID to 898-211. They can also text a zip code to 898-211 for live text assistance.

If individuals are feeling stressed or overwhelmed about COVID-19, they can call the New Jersey Department of Human Services toll free “warm line” at 877-294-HELP (4357); TTY 877-294-4356.