COVID-19 Testing Updates

COVID-19 testing is available to everyone in New Jersey. You do not need insurance to get tested and there are many free options. 

There are two types of COVID-19 diagnostic tests:

Molecular tests

  • Molecular tests, such as the PCR test, detect the virus’s genetic material.
  • Molecular tests are highly accurate and usually do not need to be repeated.
  • Molecular tests are performed in a laboratory setting because of the complexity and sensitivity of the testing process, meaning it may take a day or two to return results.

Antigen tests

  • Antigen tests detect specific proteins from the virus.  
  • Antigen tests usually provide results diagnosing an active coronavirus infection faster than molecular tests, but antigen tests have a higher chance of missing an active infection.

Residential households in New Jersey are now able to order one set of four at-home antigen tests COVID-19 tests from the United States Postal Service. These orders are limited to one set of four per residential address.

For those looking to be tested in New Brunswick, there are a number of options available. Rutgers Institute for Health will be administering ID NOW molecular tests on February 7 and 14 from 9-12 AM and on February 3 and 10 from 1-4 PM. The City of New Brunswick will be administering COVID-19 tests at the New Brunswick Performing Arts Center on February 1, 8, 15, and 22


  • Order COVID-19 Tests (
  • Order COVID-19 Tests (USPS):
  • New Brunswick Testing Sites:
  • Email to make a testing appointment at Rutgers IFH in New Brunswick.