University Hospital announced today that it will now offer COVID-19 testing to any New Jersey resident who wants to be tested, including those who are not demonstrating typical COVID-19 symptoms.
The state Department of Health has recommended that asymptomatic individuals be tested if they have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 or if they are an essential worker.
The tests are being performed at University Hospital Ambulatory Care Center, 140 Bergen Street in Newark. An appointment is necessary and can be made by calling (973) 972-9000.
“Offering testing to asymptomatic individuals is part of a series of next steps that the city is shepherding in helping the residents of Newark progress towards a new normal," said Shereef Elnahal, President & CEO of University Hospital.
The City of Newark is also offering free testing throughout the city, but it is only open to Newark residents.
"Working with our partners in the health care community, we have made strenuous efforts to reduce the number of COVID-19 cases and to test residents to help prevent the virus from spreading,” said Mayor Ras Baraka.
“University Hospital’s testing program will strengthen these efforts, and enable Newark to reopen and begin to recover from this pandemic," Baraka said.
Today’s announcement is the latest step in University Hospital’s Care Around the Clock program. As part of the implementation of Care Around the Clock, new procedures at the hospital exist to protect patients and the public, and to encourage the public’s return for acute medical needs, elective procedures, and routine care at the hospital’s various care centers.
Individuals will not be required to pay for these services out of pocket. Rather, University Hospital will direct claims for payment to patients’ insurance or existing governmental sources for payment of uninsured COVID-19 claims.