Essex County will hold free testing for the novel coronavirus COVID-19 in Verona on Wednesday, October 28, from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Verona Community Pool. The tests are are being offered to Essex County residents free of charge. To make an appointment, please visit www.EssexCovid.org or call 973-877-8456.
In addition to Verona, there will also be COVID-19 testing in Newark and West Caldwell. The dates and locations are:
- Friday, October 23, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Essex County Weequahic Park, Meeker Avenue entrance, Newark (walk up appointments are available at this location);
- Tuesday, October 27, 4 to 6 p.m., Essex County Branch Brook Park, Cherry Blossom Welcome Center, Park Drive between Mill Street and Heller Parkway, Newark;
- Thursday, October 29, 4 to 6 p.m., IUOE Local 68, 14 Fairfield Place, West Caldwell;
- Friday, October 30, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Essex County Weequahic Park, Meeker Avenue entrance, Newark (walk up appointments are available at this location)
“Unfortunately, Essex County leads the state in the number of deaths caused by the coronavirus,” said Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr. “Our fight against this deadly disease is far from over and we must remain vigilant and aggressive to combat it. Testing is a critical tool that will tell us exactly how widespread the virus is and who has been infected. Whether you are exhibiting symptoms of the Coronavirus or not, we encourage residents to make an appointment and get tested. We want to make it as easy as possible for Essex residents to have access to testing.”
Essex County residents with or without symptoms are encouraged to get tested. Residents age 8 years and older are welcome to get tested. 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. Testing is provided free of charge; health insurance is not required.
To make an appointment, residents should visit www.EssexCOVID.org or call 973-877-8456. 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.