Press Release

For Immediate Release: May 14, 2021

Take a Free, Convenient COVID-19 Self-Test at the Union County Test Center

The Test Center will shift from a drive-through service to a walk-up service as of Monday, May 17.

Union County, NJ – The Union County COVID-19 Test Center at Kean University will be open to all Union County residents who would like to self-administer a free COVID-19 nasal swab test under the supervision of professional staff beginning on Monday, May 17.

The Test Center is located at the Kean campus in Union Township, at 1000 Morris Avenue. It currently operates on a drive-through basis only. The self-test program will enable residents to walk up. Free parking is available on site for those who plan to arrive by car.

“The pandemic is still upon us, and it is important to get a COVID-19 test if you believe you have been exposed to the virus, or to fulfill a requirement at work or school,” said Union County Commissioner Board Chairman Alexander Mirabella. “The self-administered test program provides a convenient resource to our residents, and we encourage everyone to take advantage of this free service.”

“The self-test is part of an evolving toolkit that aims to empower members of the public with resources and information about their health status during the pandemic. As the COVID-19 restrictions are lifted, we continue to urge the public to be vigilant. Many people remain unvaccinated and are at risk of infection, or can spread infection to others,” said Commissioner Sergio Granados, Chair of the Commissioner Board’s Public Safety and Homeland Security Committee.

The Test Center hours of operation are Mondays and Thursdays, from 8:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Residents can make appointments for the self-administered test online through the Union County COVID-19 Test Center portal at ucnj.org/covid19/testing/drive-in-kean-location. To make an appointment by phone call 908-214-7107.

Union County residents can also use the Test Center without an appointment. Those without appointments must arrive before 11:30 a.m.

Please note that the Test Center will operate exclusively on a walk-up basis for self-administered tests as of Monday, May 17. The last day for drive-through service was Thursday, May 13.

The Commissioner Board also strongly encourages all Union County residents to get vaccinated. To receive a free COVID-19 vaccine at Union County’s vaccination clinics in Elizabeth, Union Township or Plainfield visit ucnj.org/vax.to make an appointment online, or call the Union County Call Center at 908-613-7VAX. The Call Center is open Monday through Fridays from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., and Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

For information and updates on all Union County services during the COVID-19 outbreak, including the Drive-Through Test Center at Kean University, the Mobile Test Unit walk-up sites, vaccination information, emergency food distribution and other support services, visit ucnj.org/covid19. General information about COVID-19 is available through the New Jersey Department of Health at nj.gov/health.

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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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