Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr. announced that Essex County is expanding its COVID-19 testing initiative to include satellite testing sites throughout the County in addition to continuing to operate its drive through testing center in Weequahic Park. The satellite sites will offer saliva tests and will begin on Thursday, May 21st; the Weequahic Park site will continue to offer nasal swab testing. The tests are by appointment only and are being offered to Essex County residents free of charge. To make an appointment, please visit www.EssexCovid.org or call 973-324-9950.
As of Monday, May 18th, Essex County has the highest number of COVID-19-related deaths in New Jersey with 1,550 and the third highest number of positive cases with 16,712. Bergen and Hudson Counties have more positive cases than Essex.
Satellite Testing will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. at the following locations:
- Thursday, May 21st, Essex Golf Center, 600 Eagle Rock Avenue, Roseland. 200 appointments will be available.
- Tuesday, May 26th, Essex County Public Works-Fleet Maintenance, 99 West Bradford Avenue, Cedar Grove. 200 appointments will be available.
- Thursday, May 28th, Essex County Richard J. Codey Arena, 560 Northfield Avenue, West Orange. 250 appointments will be available.
- Additional dates will be announced.
The Weequahic Park testing site will be held from 9 a.m. to 12 noon on Wednesdays, May 20th and 27th; and Fridays, May 22nd and 29th. (No testing will be done on Memorial Day, May 25th.) Additional dates will be added in June.
Testing is available to all Essex County residents whether they are showing symptoms of the virus or are asymptomatic. Residents are encouraged to get retested if they have taken the swab or saliva tests 14 days ago or more and have received negative test results.
To make an appointment, residents should visit www.EssexCOVID.org or call 973-324-9950. They will be required to complete a short questionnaire. When finished, they will be provided with an appointment time and a confirmation number. Residents should bring the confirmation number with them. They are asked to arrive 15 minutes before their scheduled appointment. Residents taking the COVID-19 saliva test should not eat, drink, smoke or chew gum 30 minutes prior to arrival.