Do you need a script for coronavirus testing in N.J.? What do you need to bring with you?

Posted Mar 19, 2020

Now that New Jersey will be opening its first government-run coronavirus testing site on Friday, people want to know what they’ll need in order to be tested.

Thursday at a press conference, Gov. Phil Murphy announced that people would need to show symptoms of respiratory illness in order to be tested for COVID-19 at New Jersey-run testing sites in Paramus and Holmdel. People will be screened for symptoms when they arrive, and those proving to be asymptomatic will be turned away.

However, patients will not need a prescription or recommendation from a doctor in order to be tested at government-run facilities. You’ll also need to have identification to prove New Jersey residency at state-run testing sites.

At larger privately-run testing sites like Riverside Medical Group’s drive-thru center in Secaucus, patients are asked to call ahead of time to be pre-screened for symptoms. Existing patients of the medical group meeting the CDC’s criteria for testing will be given an appointment for testing.

You should call your local healthcare provider before going to smaller walk-in clinics, because they’ll likely already be overwhelmed with patients looking for testing.

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