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March 18, 2020

Here's how – and where – to get tested for coronavirus in Pennsylvania, New Jersey

People usually need to be experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, have a referral from their doctor, and make an appointment

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Several rapid coronavirus testing sites have opened up in the Philadelphia region, New Jersey and Delaware. Testing is recommended for people who are already experiencing COVID-19 symptoms and have a referral from a health care provider.

Numerous rapid coronavirus testing sites are now open in both Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

The City of Philadelphia recommends testing for those who have coronavirus symptoms and can be categorized as one or more of the following: persons over age 50, healthcare workers, those with medical conditions that could increase the risk of infection, or people who live in a facility with other people, like a nursing home, college dormitory, prison or shelter.

The actual testing process is simple. A sample is taken from a patient's nasal cavity by inserting a swab into their nose. The sample is then sent to a lab for processing, which typically takes a matter of days.

At most sites, a direct referral from a health care provider and an appointment are required before you can get a test. Most of the sites are also drive-through testing sites, where a car is required to go through testing, but some offer testing to pedestrians. 

Testing at Philadelphia sites is free, according to Health Commissioner Dr. Thomas Farley in a daily coronavirus briefing.

The list below shows includes most of the testing sites now open Pennsylvania and New Jersey, organized by county. The site list is fluctuating almost daily, based on the availability of tests, testing staff, and changing requirements for testing at these sites. Some sites have also been closing early when they run out of tests for that day. Most locations require an appointment, even if it is not listed. If an address is not listed, it will be provided after making an appointment. 

Pennsylvania:

Philadelphia County

•Walk-Up Site in Center City 

Open from 9 a.m. to 5 a.m. This site is only open to healthcare workers and those over 50, and an appointment is required to be tested here. An address was not released by the city for fear of overcrowding. Call 267-491-5870 for more information.

•University of Pennsylvania Health System (Penn Medicine) in University City

This is a drive-through testing site located in a parking lot at 4122 Market Street. Patients must call (267) 414-2303 to register before going to the site and must already be experiencing symptoms. 

•Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) in University City

•Thomas Jefferson University in Center City

Jefferson Health has a mobile testing site at 10th and Sansom streets in Center City.  It allows walk-ups for physician referred Jefferson patients. Patients can use JeffConnect to get a virtual doctor's visit.

•Temple Health sites in North Philadelphia

Temple Health is offering testing at Temple University Hospital in North Philadelphia and on its Jeanes campus in Fox Chase and its Episcopal campus in Kensington. Patients can call the Temple Patient Triage Hotline at (215) 707-6999 for more information.

•Sports Complex in South Philly 

This is a drive-thru testing site located at 1 Citizens Bank Way, next to the Phillies ballpark. It is open daily from 2-6 p.m. Access is limited to people older than 50 and medical workers, but does not require a doctor's referral. 

The last day to be tested at this site is April 10. The site is closing due to the end of federal aid to this outdoor operation expires. 

•Rite Aid in West Oak Lane 

This drive-thru site, located at 7401 Ogontz Ave., is limited to first responders and medical personnel. It is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

•Einstein Healthcare Network in Mayfair and Olney 

The Mayfair testing site is located at 7131 Frankford Avenue, on the second 2nd Floor. The Olney testing site is located at 101 East Olney Avenue, in Suite C5. Both locations appointment-only, and are open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Before scheduling, patients should first to contact their Einstein primary care physicians. All patients with referrals and appointments should enter through the back of the building.

Bucks County

•Jefferson Urgent Care in Bensalem

This is a mobile site, located at 2966 Street Road, available to Jefferson Health patients who receive a referral from a physician. 

Delaware County

•Penn Medicine in Radnor

Located at 201 King of Prussia Road. Patients must call (267) 414-2303 to get registered for testing before going to the site and must already be experiencing coronavirus symptoms. Visitors also can seek information about this site on Penn's website.

•Mainline Health System in Radnor and Newton Square

Patients need to get approval through their healthcare provider before being tested at either of these drive-thru sites. The Newton Square location is at 3855 West Chester Pike. The Radnor location is at 240 N. Radnor Road.  

•Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital in Darby 

This is a drive-thru testing site for hospital patients who receive a doctor's referral.

Montgomery County 

•Jefferson Health in Abington

Located at 1200 Old York Rd, this drive-thru site is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Jefferson patients are required to call their physician beforehand to be assessed by phone. If they are referred for testing, they will be scheduled an appointment at the site. The site also allows walk-ups for Jefferson patients with referrals. 

•Temple Ambler Campus in Upper Dublin Township

Located at 1440 East Butler Pike, this site is open every day from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. People must meet the criteria listed here to be eligible for testing. Anyone seeking testing must sign up in advance. They will be given a specific date and time to be tested. 

Chester County 

•Antibody Testing 

Coronavirus antibody tests which determine if a person has been previously tested for coronavirus will be distributed to workers on the front lines of the pandemic in Chester County. These tests can not be used as a supplement for coronavirus testing, and can not determine if a person is currently infected.


New Jersey:

Camden County

• Cooper's Poynt Park in Camden

This drive-thru site at 801 Delaware Ave. is open to the Camden County residents on weekdays between noon and 4 p.m. To get tested, residents must be displaying coronavirus symptoms and have a referral from a medical provider. The site will close on April 15.

•Cooper University Health Care in Cherry Hill 

This site is located at 1210 Brace Road in Cherry Hill. This site is open to Cooper patients who have symptoms, meet other criteria or receive an order from a Cooper provider for testing. Schedule an appointment with a Cooper health care provider at (800) 826-8737 or online. 

Jefferson Health in Cherry Hill and Stratford 

Jefferson Health has testing available at Jefferson Cherry Hill Hospital, 2201 Chapel Ave West, and at Jefferson Stratford Hospital, 18 East Laurel Road. Both sites are open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and require a referral from a Jefferson physician. 

•Blackwood Campus of Camden Community College – this site is not open yet 

Gloucester County 

•Jefferson Washington Township Hospital in Washington Township 

The site, open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., requires a doctor's referral. 

Hudson County

•Hudson Regional Hospital in Secaucus

This is a drive-thru testing site open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Appointments to be tested must be made by calling (201) 388-1097 before visiting. This site is only open to Hudson County residents or first responders who work in Hudson County.

•Riverside Medical Group in Secaucus

This is a drive-thru testing site that also serves pedestrians through its "COVID-19 Command Center." It is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday, and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. by appointment only. For more information on testing at this site, please call (201) 863-3346.

Middlesex County

•Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick

The hospital had tents set up outside to assess if sick patients need care in the recent past, but recently received a large influx of patients and infected staff with the virus. 

Bergen County

•Bergen County Community College in Paramus 

Located at the Paramus Campus in Lots B & C, at 400 Paramus Road. 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. This site has been experiencing long lines and test shortages and closing early on some days.

Monmouth County

•PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel 

Open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. This site has been experiencing long lines and test shortages and closing early on some days.


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