Gov. Phil Murphy has announced the opening of a COVID-19 community-based testing site at the PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel. The arts center is at Exit 116 on the Garden State Parkway.
The testing site, which is for New Jersey residents only, was established in partnership with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, will be staffed by the New Jersey Department of Health, the New Jersey State Police and the New Jersey National Guard, according to a press release.
Starting on March 23, the drive-up testing center will be open seven days per week, beginning at 8 a.m. while supplies last. Gates will not open until 8 a.m. and individuals will not be permitted to line up along the Garden State Parkway. The arts center’s commuter lots will be closed.
In order to be eligible for testing, individuals must be current New Jersey residents and experiencing symptoms of respiratory illness. Priority will be given to symptomatic individuals experiencing cough, fever (99.6F or above) and shortness of breath, according to the press release.
“If you have symptoms including fever, shortness of breath, or cough you should be tested,” New Jersey Department of Health Commissioner Judith Persichilli said. “Those with underlying medical conditions and those who are 65 and older who have symptoms are particularly at risk for more severe illness and should be tested.”
Community-based testing sites are for individuals who are experiencing symptoms of respiratory illness. Individuals who are not symptomatic will not be tested, according to the press release. Results will be reported within two to five business days. Testing is free and will be covered by the federal government or the individual’s personal insurance company. Individuals are encouraged to bring insurance cards if they have one, according to the press release.
For more information about community-based testing sites, visit nj.gov/health