Where To Get A COVID-19 Test In Lakewood

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LAKEWOOD, NJ — The surge in coronavirus cases in recent days has brought with it a surge in the number of people seeking tests for COVID-19, which have become more difficult to get with the increased demand.

From Dec. 17 to Monday, Ocean County has had nearly 4,500 new coronavirus infections, the highest numbers since the start of the pandemic, according to the Ocean County Health Department. Of those, 410 new cases were identified in Lakewood residents, the county health department's database shows.

The United States has faced a shortage of tests, with the more contagious omicron variant spreading and many getting tested to prepare for the holidays. President Joe Biden pledged Monday to ease the test shortage. The administration's steps will include using the Defense Production Act to increase production of at-home tests, but the president said federal efforts haven't gone far enough.

"Seeing how tough it was for some folks to get a test this weekend shows that we have more work to do," Biden said on a call with his administration's COVID-19 response team and a group of governors.

The New Jersey Department of Health also recently began offering free, at-home COVID-19 saliva test kits. UPS will ship the kit with next-day delivery, and a health care professional will virtually walk patients through the tests and answer questions. Find more info here.

Here's what to know about Lakewood's local testing centers, according to the New Jersey Department of Health's COVID-19 test finder:

Rite Aid #03974
1041 Burnt Tavern Road, Brick, NJ 08724
(732) 836-3021
Free Diagnostic Testing (Third-party Verified)
Non-Rapid Testing Results in 1-5 Days
Appointment Required
Testing Available for Children 4+ Years Old

Chai Urgent Care - Lakewood
400 New Hampshire Ave., Lakewood, NJ 08701
(732) 994-2424
Rapid Testing Results in 18 Minutes
Non-Rapid Testing Results in 3-5 Days
Screening Required
Testing Available for All Ages

CVS Pharmacy
198 New Hampshire Avenue, Lakewood, NJ 08701
(732) 901-5445
Non-Rapid Testing Results in 1-2 Days
Appointment Required
Screening Required

Briarmill Pharmacy
1820 Lanes Mill Road, Brick, NJ 08724
(732) 840-1800
Rapid Testing Results in 15 Minutes
Non-Rapid Testing Results in 1-2 Days
Screening Required
Insurance not accepted for Rapid testing. Price is $99

Friendly Urgent Care- Lakewood
1091 River Ave., Lakewood, NJ 08701
(732) 385-6820
Rapid Testing Results in 21 Minutes
Non-Rapid Testing Results in 2-5 Days
They are running low on rapid COVID-19 Tests. Please call in advance to ensure availability.

Walgreens 1315
2353 Route 9, Toms River, NJ 08755
Free Diagnostic Testing (Third-party Verified)
Non-Rapid Testing Results in 2 Days
Testing Available for Children 3+ Years Old

CVS Pharmacy
596 River Avenue, Lakewood, NJ 08701
(732) 367-1834
Non-Rapid Testing Results in 1-2 Days
Appointment Required
Screening Required

CVS Pharmacy
1357 Lakewood Rd, Toms River, NJ 08755
(732) 244-2376
Non-Rapid Testing Results in 1-2 Days
Appointment Required

CHEMED Health Center
1771 Madison Ave., Lakewood, NJ 08701
(732) 364-6666

Walgreens 18003
27 South Hope Chapel Road, Jackson, NJ 08527
Free Diagnostic Testing (Third-party Verified)
Rapid Testing Results in 24 Hours
Non-Rapid Testing Results in 2 Days
Testing Available for Children 3+ Years Old

CVS Pharmacy
890 Bennetts Mills Road, Jackson, NJ 08527
(732) 367-7530
Rapid Testing Available
Non-Rapid Testing Results in 1-2 Days
Appointment Required

Hackensack Meridian Village Pharmacy
27 South Cooks Bridge Rd STE M-1, Jackson, NJ 08527
(732) 994-7387
Rapid Testing Results in 15 Minutes
Non-Rapid Testing Results in 2-3 Days
Appointment Required
Testing fees may apply, visit web-page for details.

FOR VETERANS:

James J. Howard Veterans' Outpatient Clinic
970 Route 70, Brick, NJ 08724
(732) 206-8900
Appointment Required
Physician Order Required

VA offers coronavirus testing for veterans who are enrolled in VA health care and meet CDC criteria for testing. If you are a veteran with symptoms of COVID-19, call your VA health care team or your VA facility's advice nurse.

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