DAYTON, NJ - Middlesex County residents can make a reservation for the new non-invasive, pain-free coronavirus saliva test at the South Brunswick testing site on Thursday, April 23. Reservations for tests on Thursday start on Tuesday, April 21.
Middlesex County's Edison coronavirus testing site has been utilizing the recently FDA-approved saliva test designed by Rutgers' RUCDR Infinite Biologics, RWJBarnabas Health and Accurate Diagnostic Labs. Unlike other tests that use a nasal swab, the newly designed test is collected by a spit and seal method. In addition to reducing the exposure to healthcare personnel collecting the sample, the saliva test delivers results in 24-48 hours while being non-invasive and pain-free to the patient.
Residents needing to be tested must make an appointment prior to coming to the South Brunswick test center. In order to make an online appointment, residents must have a valid prescription from a doctor or be exhibiting the following coronavirus symptoms:
- A fever of 100.4 or higher for adults of children or a fever of 99.6 in adults 65 years of age of older
- Respiratory symptoms and/or shortness of breath
Patients should not eat, drink, smoke or chew gum 30 minutes before providing a saliva sample. A coronavirus saliva test will not be given to patients who do not follow the guidelines for the coronavirus saliva test.
When arriving for the scheduled appointment, a patient must bring the printout confirmation in addition to proof of residency. If multiple people are being tested, each person must bring his or her confirmation printout. Proof of residency can include a valid driver's license, state-issued identification or two pieces of mail such as a bank statement or utility bill.
If a patient does not show up for a scheduled appointment or cancels, another appointment cannot be booked. The testing site webpage strongly urges residents to only reserve an appointment if they are able to attend at the scheduled time.
Middlesex County residents can make an appointment for Thursday online or by calling 732-745-3100. Appointments are scheduled on a first-come-first-serve basis. The drive-thru Dayton testing site is located at the South Brunswick Motor Vehicle Inspection Station located at 2236 Route 130 North.