PATERSON, NJ - COVID-19 testing for Passaic County residents is expanding to those that do not have a prescription, county officials said Saturday. Individuals seeking a test do not have to be showing symptoms.

Freeholder Director Sandi Lazzara said the expanded screening comes in accordance with guidance from local, state, and federal health professionals as well as Governor Phil Murphy’s administration and is “an important step in the fight against Covid-19.”

The county testing site will be open Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays from 9:00AM to 12:00PM, or until test kits run out, Business Administrator Anthony DeNova said, stressing that while they have expanded testing to include asymptomatic individuals, the priority will be individuals who are close contacts of confirmed COVID-19 cases, individuals who traveled to/from highly affected areas, or those who are sick and experiencing at least three of the nine CDC-recognized symptoms of COVID-19. 

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Those seeking a test should consult with their primary care doctor before visiting the testing site, officials advised.

Freeholder Bruce James used the statement as an opportunity to “acknowledge the hard work and effort displayed each and every day by our public safety officers, essential county employees, and our amazing volunteers.”

“Our essential county employees, including our OEM, continue to coordinate emergency activities throughout all of our sixteen municipalities and manage the testing site at William Paterson University.”

The entrance for the testing is located at the intersection of Hamburg Turnpike and University Boulevard entrance in Wayne, NJ.

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