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 started by using the state's COVID-19 self-assessment Tool. If you are still concerned, get tested.

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.

Make an In-Person Testing Appointment

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.

Get an At-Home Test

Visit the following sites 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.