PARAMUS, N.J. -- The Bergen New Bridge Medical Center — Bergen County’s second drive-thru test site for COVID-19 after Bergen Community College — has been expanded to include all symptomatic county residents, Bergen County Executive Jim Tedesco has announced.
The site at 230 East Ridgewood Avenue in Paramus first opened this past weekend to test all health care and first-responders, but is expanding to include all symptomatic county residents given the county’s current crisis.
“Bergen County is in a crisis -- we have the most COVID-19 cases and deaths in New Jersey,” said Bergen County Executive Jim Tedesco. “Test kits are in limited supply and in order to slow the spread of COVID-19, we need to test as many symptomatic Bergen County residents as possible. Our drive-thru test site at Bergen New Bridge Medical Center is a critical step in fighting this pandemic and bringing immediate treatment to County residents who need it.”
The site will open today at 12:30 p.m. to all Bergen County residents who are exhibiting signs of novel coronavirus (COVID-19), which include dry cough, fever and fatigue, by appointment only. To be tested for the virus, sick individuals must provide proof of residency, and health care workers and first-responders valid credentials such as an ID or badge.
Prior to testing, individuals are asked to complete a brief survey beforehand at newbridgehealth.org before being evaluated by a Telehealth doctor. Patients will then receive a confirmation code number to present at the drive-thru testing site.