Mercer County’s appointment-only, drive-up testing site for COVID-19 had a soft opening today, sampling 70 patients on an abbreviated schedule.

“We’re working out a few bugs but overall we’re very pleased with the way things went today,” Mercer County Executive Brian M. Hughes said. “Everyone is working hard and we’re geared up for a full day of testing tomorrow.”

The testing center at Quaker Bridge Mall in Lawrence is by appointment only for symptomatic Mercer County residents age 18 or older who have a prescription from their primary health care provider (PCP). If you are symptomatic for COVID-19 and want to be tested, contact your PCP.

Your doctor must fax your prescription to the site’s appointment makers.  Those who show up and who do not have an appointment will not be able to be tested.

The testing center is open weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and is a collaborative effort between the County of Mercer, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Hamilton, Capital Health System, St. Francis Medical Center in Trenton and the Trenton Health Team.

Mercer County has contracted with Bio-Reference Laboratories, which will provide testing for individuals who are symptomatic and have been scheduled through their PCP.

To be eligible for testing, an individual must be examined by a PCP. The PCP will determine the need for the test based on symptoms. No one should be tested without being symptomatic. If the PCP deems a test is necessary, they will fax a prescription to the Mercer County call center with the patient’s phone number. Staff will then call the patient, take registration information and schedule an appointment, providing testing site instructions.

For the health, safety and security of staff at the site, patients will not be permitted to leave their vehicles. Walk-ups are not permitted.

If you believe you may have symptoms of COVID-19, the State of New Jersey’s COVID-19 Information Hub provides a self-assessment tool that will help you determine whether you should be tested. Visit

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