Get a COVID-19 Test

Do you think you have been exposed to COVID-19? Are you concerned you may be sick or infected with the coronavirus? Get a COVID-19 test at the County College of Morris testing center, other testing sites, or at home.

Note: If a test is being requested for employment or school attendance, you need to make sure that you take a test that is acceptable to the employer or school. For example, a school might accept results from a viral test, but not an antibody test.

Due to forecasts of inclement weather, the CCM COVID-19 Testing Center will be closed on Saturday, January 29. The Center will reopen on Sunday, January 30.

CCM Testing Center

Morris County is now offering no-cost, in-person COVID-19 testing (LabQ Diagnostics nose-swab PCR) at the County College of Morris.

Testing is available 7 days per week by appointment ONLY. No walk-ins will be accepted.

Please allow 24 to 48 hours to receive test results.

Step 1.Requirements

  • While the test is free, please bring your health insurance information if you have health insurance.
  • You can get a test whether or not you’re experiencing symptoms.
  • You must wear a mask during your appointment.

Step 2.Directions and Precautions

Parking at CCM for people with appointments will be reserved in Lot 6, where individuals using public transportation to and from CCM also may board or disembark from a bus. To find directions to CCM and learn more about public transportation options to and from the campus, please go to the CCM website.

Step 3.Sign Up

First, sign up for an in-person testing appointment:

Make an appointment

After making your appointment, you’ll be instructed to register with LabQ Diagnostics. Follow the instructions.

You must register – we won’t be able to administer your test if you don’t.

Other Testing Sites

Note: Morris County’s COVID-19 testing center at County College of Morris is closed as of July 16, 2021.

Check out our list of known testing sites in Morris County. Many local pharmacies provide COVID-19 tests, including area CVS and Walgreens stores. Most sites offer free testing with insurance, but check the "Information" column in our testing sites table for information about a specific site. If you don’t have insurance, visit https://www.zufallhealth.org/ to make an appointment.

Be sure that you verify requirements and hours with a testing site before visiting. Requirements and operating hours vary.  Many sites require an appointment in advance.   

You can also visit the State of NJ test site locator for options outside of Morris County.

At-Home Test

The federal government is allowing every home in the U.S. to order 4 free at-⁠home COVID-⁠19 tests. The tests are completely free—there are no shipping costs and you don’t need to enter a credit card number. Visit covidtests.gov for more information.

The NJ Department of Health and Vault Medical Services have partnered to offer a free, at-home COVID-19 PCR Saliva test kit that is available to every New Jersey resident who thinks they need a test. Learn more and get a free test today!

You can also visit Pixel by Lapcorp to buy an at-home COVID test.

Test results are generally available 1-2 days after your sample is sent to the lab. Follow the instructions on Vault and Pixel by Labcorp’s websites for more information.

Types of Tests

Viral Test

viral test checks specimens from your nose or your mouth to find out if you are currently infected with the virus that causes COVID-19. Viral tests can be performed in a laboratory, at a testing site, or at-home. Two types of viral tests are used: nucleic acid amplification tests (NAATs) and antigen tests. (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/lab/resources/antigen-tests-guidelines.html#table1 ). Note: A commonly used NAAT is a reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) test.

  • Advantages of NAATs:
    • Most accurate test for identifying disease because it is the most sensitive test (fewer false negative results, which means that fewer cases are missed) method available. 
    • Does not need to be repeated to confirm results.
  • Disadvantages of NAATs:
    • Longer turnaround time for lab-based tests (1-3 days).
    • A positive NAAT diagnostic test should not be repeated within 90 days, since people may continue to have detectable RNA after risk of transmission has passed.
  • Advantages of Antigen Tests:
    • Short turnaround time (approximately 15 minutes).
    • When performed at or near POC, allows for rapid identification of infected people, thus preventing further virus transmission in the community, workplace, etc.
    • Comparable performance to NAATs in symptomatic persons and/or if culturable virus present, when the person is presumed to be infectious.
  • Disadvantages of Antigen Tests:
    • May need confirmatory testing.
    • Less sensitive (more false negative results) compared to NAATs, especially among asymptomatic people. 

At-Home Test

All instructions for performing the test must be followed.

Types of At-Home Tests:

  • Nasal tests (anterior nasal swab, or nasal mid-turbinate swab)
  • Saliva tests

It is strongly encouraged to administer the test under the supervision of a healthcare provider.

How to Collect an Anterior Nasal Swab Specimen for COVID-19 Testing: 

How to Collect a Nasal Mid-Turbinate Specimen for COVID-19 Testing:

Directions for using an at-home test: https://youtu.be/L8F1BnLtyio (Video)

    • Tell your close contacts that they may have been exposed to SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.
  • If Your Test Is Negative:
    • A negative test result means that SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, was not found in your specimen. If you took the test while you had symptoms and followed all instructions carefully, a negative result means your current illness is probably not COVID-19.
  • If Your Result Shows Invalid or Error:

Sometimes the results are inconclusive or not clear, and the test cannot tell you if your results are positive or negative.

If the display on the self-test shows an invalid result or a test error, the test did not work properly. If this happens, refer to the instructions for use in the package insert and contact the manufacturer for assistance.

Antibody Test

An antibody test looks for antibodies in your blood (serology test) that fight the virus that causes COVID-19. This test will determine if you had a past infection. Antibody tests should not be used to diagnose a current infection.