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NJ testing site to reopen Saturday, new site launches Monday: Murphy

Posted: 3:37 PM, Mar 20, 2020
Updated: 2020-03-20 18:24:18-04
Gov. Phil Murphy

BERGEN COUNTY, N.J. — Hours after New Jersey's first coronavirus drive-thru testing facility was shut down, having reached capacity, Gov. Phil Murphy said it would reopen Saturday.

New Jersey's first drive-thru coronavirus testing site closed on Friday when it hit capacity just hours after opening at Bergen County Community College in Paramus, officials said.

Gov. Murphy said 600 individuals were tested on Friday. The site will reopen Saturday, with the ability to test another 350 people, he said.

A second testing site will open Monday at the PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel.

Judy Persichilli, the state's health commissioner, said testing will continue until there's nobody left to test. She and Murphy reiterated that only those in need should be tested.

Individuals should bring proof of New Jersey residency with them. Testing is free and will be covered by the federal government or personal insurance company. Individuals are encouraged to bring insurance cards if they have one.

Friday, Murphy said those with insurance would not be charged copays, and those without insurance would not be charged.