PARAMUS, NJ - Governor Murphy announced the first government drive-thru coronavirus testing site will open on Friday at 8 a.m. on the campus of Bergen Community College.
Atlantic Health is already operating drive-thru testing sites. The testing is by appointment only. Morristown Medical Center has a self contained area adjacent to the emergency department on Madison Avenue. They can test and treat patients there.
Hackettstown Medical Center testing site is also adjacent to the emergency department at 657 Willow Grove Street
Newton Medical Centers testing site is an “Advanced Screening Triage” trailer that is located at 175 High Street in Newton.
Overlook Medical Center is offering the same options on their campus in Summit. Chilton Medical Center is preparing to open a temporary site near the emergency room on West Parkway in Pompton Plains.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency or FEMA, New Jersey State Police, New Jersey Department of Health and the New Jersey National Guard will be working together at the Bergen County site and a second site being prepared to open at the PNC Bank Arts Center in Homdel. The opening date has not been released yet. It is expected to be some time next week.
According to Murphy there is discussion of a third testing site somewhere in South Jersey.
Currently testing is being performed at Atlantic Health System’s Morristown Medical Center and two other facilities in Secaucus. Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick is also testing for the coronavirus.
The testing on Bergen Community College campus will take place in parking lots B and C at 400 Paramus Road. The site will be open from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. for seven days a week.
People are not required to bring a doctor’s note to be tested but bring it if you have it. People looking to be tested will be screened by having their temperature taken. Anyone who does not have symptoms will not be tested. Only people who have a fever above 99.6, a cough and shortness of breath will be tested.
Officials report both the Paramus and Homdel locations will have 2500 tests each, provided by FEMA. The testing is free; covered by personal health insurance or the federal government. It will take two to five days to get the results.
The tests taken at the two government sites will be collected and brought to a lab twice a day.