Stay home when you are sick. Call your doctor to discuss your symptoms and whether you should be evaluated in person and considered for testing. Patients who don't have a primary care doctor can call a federally qualified health center or emergency department.
People who are mildly ill with COVID-19 are able to isolate themselves at home while they are sick. Separate yourself from others in your home as much as possible, staying in a specific room away from others and using a separate bathroom, if possible.
Providers determine whether a patient should be tested based on their clinical judgement and the CDC criteria, which evaluates a combination of symptoms and risk factors.
The New Jersey's Public Health and Environmental Laboratory is prioritizing testing for vulnerable populations at greatest risk for adverse outcomes, those in high-risk professions and testing associated with public health investigations. Results from the state lab are generally available within 24 to 48 hours.
Providers can also request testing from commercial labs, where results times may vary.