As the pandemic continues, it is of vital importance that we all continue to get tested in order to contain the spread of the virus as much as possible. This is even more essential considering the high number of asymptomatic cases, which is where individuals feel healthy but test positive and can still transmit the virus to others. However, since the pandemic has been economically difficult and has lasted for such a long period of time, getting regularly tested is not easy for all Bergen County residents as it is limited and costly.
"As winter approaches, and cases continue to rise, it is critical that the county continues to provide testing for the foreseeable future,” Bergen County Executive James J. Tedesco III
Luckily recognizing this issue, Bergen County decided to implement free drive-through testing available throughout the winter months so that all residents of the county can have access to COVID-19 testing without cost. These tests will be rapid nasal antigen tests delivering results within 24 hours.
Let’s dive nose first into the details of these free COVID-19 drive-through tests.
Where are they taking place?
The tests are taking place at Bergen Community College in collaboration with the Bergen New Bridge Medical Center.
The Address for the Tests: Bergen Community College, Lot A, 400 Paramus Road, Paramus
What do you need in order to take the test?
You must pre-register for an appointment here (There are no drop-in appointments available)
You must bring your mobile device for check-in.
You must bring identification (driver’s license/ID card, social security card, passport or birth certificate)
You must bring Proof of Bergen County Residence (School ID, or Employment with Municipal or County government, copy of your lease, driver’s license, utility bill, work ID)
Your insurance card if applicable (Health insurance is not required to get this test)
When can you take these tests?
February Testing Dates:
Tuesday, Feb 16
Thursday, Feb 18
Saturday, Feb 20
Tuesday, Feb 23
Thursday, Feb 25
If you need access to a free COVID-19 test this is a great option and getting tested is beneficial for yourself and the public health of the community.
“Since the onset of the pandemic, we have worked collaboratively with the County of Bergen to make sure that all residents had access to testing, regardless of their health insurance status or ability to pay. We remain committed to these efforts and look forward to offering antigen rapid testing which will provide results in 24 hours or less,” said Deb Visconi, President and CEO of Bergen New Bridge Medical Center.
For updates please visit www.co.bergen.nj.us and check County Executive Jim Tedesco’s Facebook page.