COVID-19 testing is coming to Walmart. Some select locations have begun distributing tests across the state, with some locations in Hudson County.
This is part of the ongoing plan to test thousands of people in each day in the state. Testing is a key factor in identifying COVID-19 patients early, especially the asymptomatic, and saving lives as well as curtailing the spread of the virus.
The announcement initially came from Gov. Phil Murphy during his May 21 press briefing. Gov. Murphy announced that Walmart stores in North Bergen and Kearny began to offer residents drive-thru COVID-19 tests starting on May 22.
The drive-thru testing has been operating from 7 to 9 a.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. On June 1, Gov. Murphy said that the testing will then shift to Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
Do it yourself
The testing is self-administered, according to the NJ Department of Health. The self-administered tests consist of a self-swab saliva test.
Gov. Murphy clarified that there will be no testing inside the Walmart stores and that all test will be distributed and conducted through the drive-thru system outside of the stores. The tests will be administered by appointment only.
Residents will be guided through the test by experts on scene.
“Walmart pharmacists and trained medical volunteers will provide the test kits and everyone will be required to adhere to specific safety protocols,” Gov. Murphy said.
For more information or to make an appointment, residents are advised to go online to MyQuestCOVIDtest.com. The testing is being coordinated between MyQuest, Walmart and the state.
The Walmart in North Bergen in located at 2100 88th St. In Kearny, the store is located at 150 Harrison Ave.
The other five Walmart locations participating in the testing include stores in Garfield, Flemington, Burlington, Howell, and Mount Laurel.
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