Mercer offering free COVID-19 testing Jan.12, 19 and 26

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Covid 19 Update Mercer County Executive Brian M. Hughes & The Board of County Commissioners

Mercer County offering free COVID-19 testing
Jan. 12, 19 and 26 at CURE Insurance Arena

TRENTON -- Mercer County, in partnership with Vault Health Services, will offer free COVID-19 testing on three consecutive Tuesdays -- Jan. 12, 19 and 26 -- from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the CURE Insurance Arena, 81 Hamilton Ave. The saliva test is available to County residents 14 years or older and anyone employed as a first responder or health care worker in Mercer County.

Those going to the arena for testing should use Parking Lot 2 off South Broad Street to access Gate A. Testing will be conducted in the arena concourse. Bring identification showing Mercer County residency and a smartphone or tablet if you have one. No prescription is necessary. Please avoid eating, drinking, chewing gum or smoking 30 minutes prior to taking the test.

If you want to avoid the lines, Mercer County also offers an at-home saliva test for COVID-19, which can be requested by visiting If you need help with the online registration process, assistance will be available Tuesday at the arena.

An updated list of COVID-19 testing locations in Mercer County can be found on the Trenton Health Team’s website:

State unveils registration portal for COVID-19 vaccines


The State of New Jersey’s new online portal that allows people to pre-register for a COVID-19 vaccine – even if not currently eligible to receive one -- is now live. The state’s website for vaccine-related information is and the registration site is

Currently, only front-line health care workers, and residents and staff at long-term congregate settings, who fall into the state’s Phase 1A group, are eligible to be vaccinated. (State officials announced today that beginning Jan. 7, uniformed police and fire personnel also will be eligible for vaccinations.) Once vaccine availability expands, vaccination will advance to Phase 1B, then Phase 1C, and then Phase 2, which includes the general public. The specific makeup of those later priority groups has not yet been finalized, but more information can be found here.

When those who are not currently eligible for a vaccine pre-register through the state’s new online portal, they will be placed on a waiting list and will be notified when it’s their turn to schedule an appointment. Vaccination of the 1A group began in late December. The state's goal is to vaccinate 70 percent of the adult population – or 4.7 million adults – within six months.



The NJ Department of Health on Jan. 6 announced 5,028 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 (established through PCR testing), bringing the cumulative total of confirmed cases in the state to 504,647; and 104 additional confirmed COVID-19 deaths, bringing the cumulative total to 17,464 confirmed deaths and 2,059 probable deaths. Mercer County's 173 new confirmed cases bring its cumulative total to 19,707, with 703 confirmed COVID-19 deaths and 39 probable deaths. To view Mercer County data by municipality, please visit the Mercer County COVID-19 Dashboard at Please note that municipal data lags behind the state data and will update as information becomes available. Visit the New Jersey Department of Health's COVID-19 Dashboard  for more statewide information.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Jan. 6 announced 227,692 new positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the cumulative total of positive cases in the United States to 20,960,096; and 3,541 additional deaths, bringing the cumulative total to 356,005 with 55 locations (50 states, District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, North Mariana Islands and U.S. Virgin Islands) reporting.


The NJ Poison Control Center and 211 have partnered with the State to provide information to the public on COVID-19:
Call: (general COVID-19 questions) 2-1-1 (24/7)
Call: (medical COVID-19 questions) 1-800-962-1253 (24/7)
Text: NJCOVID to 898-211 to receive alerts
Visit or for additional information

New Jersey COVID-19 vaccination information:


If you’re feeling stressed, anxious or depressed due to COVID-19, please call New Jersey's Mental Health Hotline at 866-202-HELP (4357) or visit for emotional support, guidance, and mental health referrals as needed. You also may contact:
• SAMHSA Disaster Distress Helpline: Call 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746 (TTY 1-800-846-8517).
• Crisis Text Line: Text “NJ” to 741741
• Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-572- 7233
• Family Helpline: 1-800-843-5437
Listing of additional resources.

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HEAL, NJ Health Care Workers COVID Hope & Healing Helpline, provides live COVID crisis counseling support, 7 days a week from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. to all New Jersey health care workers, their families, and caregivers statewide, with emergency support available 24/7. Call 1-833-416-8733 or visit

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RISE, NJ First Responders COVID Hope & Healing Helpline, provides live COVID crisis counseling support, 7 days a week from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. to all New Jersey first responders, including police, firefighters, EMS, National Guard, military and veterans, their families, and caregivers statewide, with emergency support available 24/7. Call 1-833-237-4325 or visit


Did you lose your job or have your hours reduced as a result of COVID-19? The State of New Jersey has created a resource page to help you connect to benefits and resources you need while you are trying to safely get back to work, as well as some tips for coping with the stress of losing a job: For a listing of employment opportunities, visit


For information on COVID-19/Novel Coronavirus and its impact on businesses – including resources, assistance and regulations -- visit the State of New Jersey business portal and the Mercer County Office of Economic Development’s COVID-19 Business Resources page.

Mask Up, Mercer!


How COVID-19 spreads:
COVID-19 spreads easily from person to person, mainly by the following routes:
• Between people who are in close contact with one another (within 6 feet).
• Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes, breathes, sings or talks.
People who are infected but do not show symptoms can also spread the virus to others.

To ensure the lowest chance of obtaining the virus, and spreading the virus to others:
Wear a face mask that covers your nose and mouth in public settings and when around people who don’t live in your household. Masks help stop the spread of COVID-19 to others.
Practice social distancing -- stay at least 6 feet (about 2 arms’ length) from other people who are not from your household in both indoor and outdoor spaces.
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after you have been in a public place or after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol.
Stay home if you are sick, except to get medical care.
• Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, or use the inside of your elbow.
• Avoid touching your nose, eyes and mouth with unwashed hands.
• Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily.

Symptoms can appear between 2-14 days after exposure, though some people may not have any symptoms while still being contagious. Symptoms can include: fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, and diarrhea.

If you believe you've been infected and you are not in immediate danger, you should contact your doctor by phone. If you are experiencing a medical emergency, call 911, and notify the dispatch personnel that you may have COVID-19. COVID-19 Symptom Checker