Those wishing to be
tested will be required to make an appointment and meet a set of criteria.
An appointment can be made beginning at 10 am the day indicated on the table above. Residents wishing to make an appointment should
visit Middlesexcountynj.gov/COVID19testing to
register and receive a time to report to the testing site.
If the resident
wishing to be tested does not have access to the internet or has connectivity
problems, they are instructed to call 732-745-3100 to make an appointment (beginning at 10 am). Appointments will only be made the day indicated on the table above. PLEASE NOTE: The Middlesex County COVID-19 Call Center will be closed on Sunday, May 31st.
Due to the designated number of tests available each day, reservations are not rebooked for cancellations or no shows. Do not reserve an appointment unless you are planning to attend the testing clinic.
CRITERIA FOR TESTING
To receive testing,
- Be a Middlesex County resident at least 18 years old (proof of residency is required -
including, but not limited to: a valid driver’s license; state issued
identification; or two pieces of mail including utility bills, bank statements,
or similar documentation with name and address)
- Make an appointment online or
residents that have symptoms of COVID-19 or believe they have come in contact with someone with COVID-19, should visit Middlesexcountynj.gov/COVID19testing to
register and receive a time to report to the testing site. Beginning on Wednesday, May 20th, Middlesex County will also offer testing to asymptomatic (meaning those not showing symptoms of COVID-19) individuals. Registrants must
bring the completed registration form and proof of residency including, but not
limited to: a valid driver’s license; state issued identification; or two
pieces of mail including utility bills, bank statements, or similar
documentation with name and address, to the testing site.
If the person is not a
Middlesex County resident or does not have a scheduled appointment, they will not receive testing.
The County, along with Rutgers University and South Plainfield-based Accurate Diagnostic Labs, has made the new saliva-based test kits available to residents. Unlike the nasal swab, this new test is less invasive, as a resident will only have to spit into a saliva collection device and fill it up to the indicated line. Instructions will be given at the test site, but residents can click the following file to familiarize themselves with the process beforehand.
Instructions for Saliva Collection - English Spanish
It is important to know, however, in order for the test to be accurate, you MUST NOT eat, drink, smoke, or chew gum for 30 MINUTES prior to giving your saliva sample. If you do not comply, you will be required to leave the site and make another appointment on another day.
Whether it's at a Middlesex County Testing site, or with your primary care physician, after you have been tested for COVID-19, you should return home and remain in isolation until you find out the results of your test.
The County has been working with the State of New Jersey, as well as a number of private labs to secure the number of test kits needed to sustain a testing center. The collected specimens will be sent to one of the approved laboratories, and results will be reported within 2-5 business days.
IF YOU WERE PRESENTING WITH SYMPTOMS AND YOUR TEST COMES BACK NEGATIVE: Residents should be advised that if your test results are negative for SARS-COV-2, (COVID-19) you should receive communications from the Middlesex County Office of Health Services (or your healthcare provider if you were tested by them) within five (5) business days. The recommendation is to stay home and practice social distancing until 72 hours after your fever has ended without the use of fever-reducing medications and other symptoms improve. After this time, you may resume regular activities. Please be advised that you should remain isolated at home until your symptoms are resolved. For more information of what to do after testing negative, see the following guidance:
Negative COVID-19 Test: Instructions & Next Steps - English Spanish
IF YOU WERE PRESENTING WITH SYMPTOMS AND YOUR TEST COMES BACK POSITIVE: Residents that attend a Middlesex County CVID-19 Testing Clinic will be notified by the Middlesex County Office of Health Services. The phone call will likely come from a 732-745-XXXX number. Test results can not be left on voicemail, so it is imperative that individuals answer the phone when called and/or promptly return calls to the Office of Health Services after being tested. For more information of what to do after testing positive, see the following guidance:
Positive COVID-19 Test: Instructions & Next Steps - English Spanish
PLEASE NOTE: Residents that were asymptomatic at the time of testing should refer to our page for asymptomatic individuals.