Press Release

For Immediate Release: August 7, 2020

Union County Brings Free COVID-19 Tests to Local Communities

Testing by appointment only with no car required; participants must wear masks and observe social distance.

Union County, NJ – The Union County Freeholder Board is pleased to announce that the Union County COVID-19 Mobile Test Unit is now visiting various community locations to provide free tests for Union County residents. Any resident can make an appointment for a test, whether or not they have symptoms. No doctor visit or car is needed; all tests are conducted on a walk-up basis with masks and social distance required.

The new community program builds on the Mobile Test Unit’s ongoing work of providing on-site tests for seniors in congregate housing, and for other at-risk populations in Union County.

“The Mobile Test Unit has enabled hundreds of our most vulnerable residents to receive a COVID-19 test in a familiar location where they feel safe, comfortable, and at home. The new community program expands on this effort by bringing Union County’s team of experienced health professionals to local neighborhoods,” said Freeholder Chairman Alexander Mirabella.

“The walk-up program is an important part of our efforts to ensure that all residents have the information and resources they need to protect themselves and the entire Union County family, as we work through this time of crisis together,” Mirabella added.

Any Union County resident can make an appointment at any Mobile Test Unit site, regardless of the municipality in which they live.

To pick a location, date and time, and to make an appointment online, visit ucnj.org/coronavirus-update/walk-up.

The upcoming dates and locations for the Mobile Test Unit are:

Plainfield: Mount Olive Church, 216 Liberty Street, Sunday, August 9.

Union Township: Senior Center, Bonnel Court, Tuesday, August 11.

Union Township: Jefferson School, 155 Hilton Avenue, Tuesday August 11.

Winfield: Fire Station, 12 Gulfstream Avenue, Thursday, August 13.

Elizabeth: The Logan Center, 163 First Street. Please note that the initial date of August 4 was  postponed to Saturday, August 15 due to tropical storm Isaias. Residents who made an appointment for August 4 will receive an email confirming their appointment will be shifted to August 15.

Union County residents who need to make an appointment by phone can call 908-518-4307 for assistance.

Municipal governments, non-profit organizations and other community groups can call the Union County Office of Emergency Management at 908-654-9881 to request a visit from the Mobile Test Unit.

The Union County COVID-19 Mobile Test Unit is staffed by health professionals with the Union County Division of Health, in the Department of Public Safety. The Mobile Test Unit has conducted more than 2,000 tests to date.

In addition, the free Union County COVID-19 Drive-Through Test Center at Kean University has conducted more than 30,000 tests to date, for Union County residents as well as front line emergency and medical personnel in New Jersey.

For more information and updates on all Union County services during the COVID-19 outbreak, including guidance for using the Drive-Through Test Center at Kean University and a list of locations for the Mobile Test Unit, visit ucnj.org/coronavirus-update.

For general information about COVID-19 and phone contacts for 24/7 assistance with questions, visit the New Jersey Department of Health at nj.gov/health.

For all Union County programs and services visit ucnj.org, call the Public Info Line, 877-424-1234, email info@ucnj.org or use the online Contact Form.

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