New Jersey Opens Drive-Thru Coronavirus Testing Site in Bergen County

“Hundreds” of cars lined up on Friday, March 20, for coronavirus testing at New Jersey’s drive-thru test site in Bergen County, the hardest-hit area in the state, local media reported.

Local media reports said the site opened on Friday and reached capacity by noon. The Federal Emergency Management Agency, the National Guard, and state police were operating the site at Bergen Community College in Paramus, reports said.

There have been at least 742 coronavirus cases, resulting in nine deaths, in New Jersey as of Thursday, according to the state’s department of health. Bergen County reported 195 cases of COVID-19 as of Thursday.

Health care workers who had symptoms and first responders would be prioritized for testing, the New Jersey Department of Health said.

This video shows medics in protective gear standing under tents at the drive-thru testing site. The footage also shows military vehicles driving in the area. Credit: Glenn Schuck via Storyful