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Mercer COVID-19 Testing Now Open to Symptom-free Residents

Mercer County has expanded its COVID-19 testing to include any resident who has a doctor’s prescription and schedules an appointment, even those who are asymptomatic. Previously, testing was open only to individuals who presented COVID-19 symptoms.

The County, in collaboration with health care and municipal partners, is operating an appointment-only, drive-up testing site for COVID-19 in the parking lot across from 640 South Broad St., Trenton, where the County Administration Building is located, two-tenths of a mile south of CURE Insurance Arena. The County also operates appointment-only, walk-up testing sites in Trenton and Hightstown.

“We want to be able to test more people, so we're opening it up to asymptomatic residents provided they have a prescription,” said Mercer County Executive Brian M. Hughes. “If you believe you’ve been exposed to COVID-19 but don’t have symptoms, you can now get tested at our sites.”

Testing will be provided for Mercer County residents age 18 or older who have an appointment. If you want to be tested, contact your primary health care practitioner. If a test is needed, your doctor will fax a prescription to the Mercer County health call center at 609-630-4031, and the center will contact you to schedule an appointment.

If you lack transportation to get to the drive-up testing site, you will be offered an appointment at a walk-up site along with instructions on when and where to go. The Trenton walk-up sites are open in each city ward one day a week. The Hightstown site is open Fridays at 12 noon in the parking lot of St. Anthony of Padua Church, 156 Maxwell Ave.

If you do not have a doctor, call the Henry J. Austin Health Center at 609-278-5900 to see if you need testing. They can help you to talk with a doctor by phone or video. Henry J. Austin will serve all patients, including those without health insurance. There is no charge for the test at Mercer County testing sites.

You must have an appointment to be tested. Those who show up at a testing site without an appointment will not be able to be tested.

If you have questions about the testing process, call 609-337-4081 Monday through Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Español, call 609-436-5038 Monday through Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

The testing sites are collaborative efforts between the County of Mercer, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Hamilton, Capital Health System, St. Francis Medical Center in Trenton, the Trenton Health Team, Henry J. Austin Health Center and the City of Trenton.

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