WAYNE, NJ – It was announced on Saturday morning that the Passaic County COVID-19 testing site located on the campus of William Paterson University is now open to anyone who wants to be tested.  No prescription from a doctor is required, nor do you need to be showing symptoms, however, the site will only be testing Passaic County residents. The tests are free.

Priority will be given to individuals who are close contacts of confirmed COVID-19 cases or 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.

Passaic County health officials recommend anyone who is not displaying the symptoms typical for the virus to consult with their primary care doctor before visiting the testing site at William Paterson University.

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This follows the announcement on Friday by Governor Murphy that the two FEMA-run testing sites in Paramus and at the PNC Arts Center in Holmdel will begin testing asymptomatic patients on Sunday and Monday respectively.

“The County of Passaic government led by the Freeholder Board continues to work tirelessly to implement guidance from health professionals to keep our community safe.  According to guidance from local, state, and federal health professionals as well as Governor Phil Murphy’s administration, expanding testing to asymptomatic individuals is an important step in the fight against Covid-19,” said Passaic County Freeholder Director Cassandra Lazzara.

Passaic County Administrator Anthony DeNova said: "The next step to fighting this virus is to ramp up testing, the more people we test the faster we flatten the curve. Everything we have done to date is working to slow the spread and this is the next logical step in our fight against this virus."

 “I want to acknowledge the hard work and effort displayed each and every day by our public safety officers, essential county employees, and our amazing volunteers,” added Passaic County Freeholder Bruce James.  “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.”

All non-essential Passaic County buildings remain closed to the public. Further all non-essential county employees are currently working from home.  County public safety officers and county employees deemed essential to public safety continue working on the frontlines helping keep residents and families safe.

The William Paterson University testing site will operate on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays from 9:00AM to 12:00PM, or until test kits run out. The screening site is open to Passaic County residents only. The entrance for the testing is located at the intersection of Hamburg Turnpike and University Boulevard entrance in Wayne, NJ.