Essex County Drive-Up Testing Expanded: Schedule A Test, Even Without Symptoms

COVID-19 testing continues in Essex County and now all residents can get tested, even without symptoms.

Testing is by appointment only. To make an appointment, residents can visit or call the Essex County Office of Emergency Management at 973-324-9950 (The call-in center will be open from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.).

Volunteers test New Jersey residents for Covid-19 at Bergen County Community College in Paramus, N.J., after the state opened a new drive-thru testing site in March. Photo by Thomas E. Franklin

“Offering all of our residents with the opportunity to be tested whether they display symptoms of the Coronavirus or not will provide us with a better picture of how many people have been infected with this disease,” Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr. said. “Our residents are urged to do their own park to stop the spread of the virus by practicing social distancing, wearing face coverings, washing their hands and staying indoors. We must continue to be vigilant. It is too early to declare victory over this pandemic,” he added.

Appointments will be scheduled from 9 a.m. to 12 noon. Anyone making an appointment will receive a confirmation number; residents must bring the confirmation number with them to their appointment.

Tests are being offered free of charge to Essex County residents. Having health insurance is not a requirement. Follow up contact will be made to assess the continuing health of the person who completed the screening.

Medical personnel from RWJBarnabas Health System, Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, University Hospital, Hackensack Hospital, Essex County Hospital and nurses from public schools in Essex County are staffing the testing sites and call-in center. Security at the site is being provided by the Essex County Sheriff’s Office and Newark Police Department.

Essex County will continue to administer the virus screening as long as supplies of test kits, gowns, facial masks and gloves last.

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