Thursday, June 25, 2020

Covid testing in New Jersey: a tale of two websites

Is New Jersey testing asymptomatic people?

**one internet site says

Testing is available to everyone in New Jersey. Anyone who wants a COVID-19 diagnostic test, can now get one at any of the 250+ testing sites across New Jersey.

To help meet this demand, Attorney General Gurbir Grewal along with the Division of Consumer Affairs, has authorized the more than 18,000 licensed pharmacists in New Jersey to administer FDA-approved or authorized COVID-19 tests to their customers.

Moreover, the Division's order allows for these tests to be given without a prescription, and removes the requirement that pharmacists enter into explicit collaborative practice agreements with a physician.

But the Somerset/Hunterdon NJ site at RVCC tells a different story as of Thursday, June 25, Friday June 26, 2020:

New Date Added for COVID-19 Drive-thru Testing
July 2, 2020
Post Date:06/19/2020 2:32 PM

BRANCHBURG – Somerset County is announcing an additional date of Thursday, July 2, for COVID-19 drive-thru testing at Raritan Valley Community College [RVCC]. Reservations for June 25 have been filled, but spaces are currently available on the first Thursday in July.

Testing, which is free of charge, is open to Hunterdon and Somerset County residents, age five (5) and older, who are exhibiting symptoms. Residents must have a valid doctor’s prescription, ID and an appointment to receive testing.

Appointments for July 2 can be scheduled online at Residents who do not have computer access or who would like to schedule an appointment for children age five to 18 years old can call the COVID-19 testing information line at 908-237-7150, Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Patients are required to provide a copy of their prescription, either by bringing it with them to the testing site, or by sending a copy in advance. Prescriptions can be sent via email to, with the word “Prescription” in the subject line, or faxed to 908-704-8042.

For the safety, health and security of staff and volunteers, patients must arrive by car. The testing site will not allow entry if residents don’t arrive in a vehicle, even if they have a valid driver’s license and prescription. When coming to the testing center, residents are asked to use the main entrance to the college campus, off of Route 28.

Anyone who does not have an appointment and a valid prescription or written order from their physician will be turned away.


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