COVID-19 Coronavirus Resource Portal

Live assistance for medical information regarding COVID-19 is available through the New Jersey Department of Health 24-hour hotline (1-800-222-1222) or (1-800-962-1253) . The NJ 2-1-1 hotline is available for general public information and basic needs. For alerts/ updates: text NJCOVID to 898-211. 

Mental Health Resources: Mental Health Hotline: 866-202-4357, NJ Hopeline (peer support and suicide prevention hotline): 855-654-6735   For mental health counseling during the pandemic crisis, The Family Service Bureau of Newark is offering a Crisis Counseling Program, Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.Phone Number: 973-272-7488  Email Address:  You can also call The Bridge Access Center number has counselors available: (973) 228-3000. 

COVID-19 Testing Site Information


ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — Essex County is expanding its COVID-19 testing initiative to include satellite testing sites throughout the County in addition to continuing to operate its drive through testing center in Weequahic Park. The satellite sites will offer saliva tests; the Weequahic Park site will continue to offer nasal swab testing. The tests are by appointment only and are being offered to Essex County residents free of charge. To make an appointment, please visit or call 973-324-9950.  

Testing is available to all Essex County residents whether they are showing symptoms of the virus or are asymptomatic. Residents are encouraged to get retested if they have taken the swab or saliva tests 14 days ago or more and have received negative test results.

If you do not have health insurance: Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) are federally funded health clinics and see families who do not have insurance. Payment is determined by income/ sliding fee scale, however COVID-19 testing is free of charge, regardless if you have insurance or not. Refer to the township website for a list of FQHCs and their phone numbers.