Union County residents and first responders can call the county for an appointment.

UNION COUNTY, NJ — The Union County COVID-19 Test Center at Kean University has implemented a new “telehealth” procedure for people seeking a COVID-19 test, the county announced Monday.

Now Union County residents, as well as all first responders and health workers working in the county regardless of residence, can report symptoms and schedule testing by calling 908-373-5105. The test center is available on a drive-through basis only. Testing is free.

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COVID-19 symptoms include fever, cough, and shortness of breath.

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Patients who call 908-373-5105 will be connected to a nurse who will triage and assess symptoms over the phone. Appointments will be scheduled for patients that meet the Centers for Disease Control guidelines.

People who receive an appointment can proceed to the Testing Center at their scheduled time. No other primary care doctor prescription is required, the county said.

Union County residents who previously registered at the Testing Center and have already submitted a prescription may proceed as instructed, the county said.

“From the beginning of this pandemic, we have been working tirelessly to make sure we test everyone who desperately needs tests regardless of their accessibility to primary care. By allowing all residents to call one central number we will relieve the barrier to care and free up our health care professionals to serve even more clients,” said Union County Freeholder Chairman Alexander Mirabella in a statement.

“We began this process in great partnership with the healthcare community. We know that as time goes on the burden on our doctors will only grow. Union County wants to do our part by using telehealth capabilities to triage patients so doctors can focus on the care their patients will need to get well after diagnosis,” said Mirabella.

The Test Center is located at the Kean University Campus on Morris Avenue in Union Township.

Regular weekday hours for the Test Center are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.

By Sunday the number of COVID-19 in Westfield had risen to 35, including four new cases, Mayor Shelley Brindle wrote in a community update Sunday night.

For more information and updates on all Union County services during the COVID-19 outbreak, visit ucnj.org/coronavirus-update. For general information about COVID-19 and phone contacts for 24/7 assistance with questions, visit the New Jersey Department of Health at nj.gov/health.

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