Heavy traffic prompts 1st NJ drive-thru coronavirus test site to close early

Kimberly Dole
March 20, 2020 - 3:14 pm

PARAMUS, N.J. (1010 WINS) --  A drive-thru coronavirus testing site closed just hours after it opened Friday morning.

All entrances to the drive-thru at Bergen County Community College in Paramus testing center were blocked off at noon due to heavy traffic.

The test site is New Jersey’s first drive-thru coronavirus test site which is run by the government. It was supposed to be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

"We tested 600 people successfully today which went beyond our wildest dreams," Gov. Phil Murphy said Friday.

Officials urged those who don’t have a fever, cough or shortness of breath to avoid going to the site.

“I use the word waste—to waste a testing kit on somebody who's just worried is not going to benefit us, nor is it going help us with traffic," Murphy said.

The test site reportedly has the capacity to test 2,500 people per week.

A second test site is scheduled to open at 8 a.m. Monday at the PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel.