Line For New Jersey 'Drive-Thru' Testing Facility Is 'Thousands Of Cars Long'

Illustrating the extreme lengths to which terrified Americans will go to put their minds at ease, media reports and video circulating on social media show that a line that's 'thousands of cars' and 'several hours' long has formed outside a COVID-19 testing facility in New Jersey's Bergen County.

According to the Bergen County Record, when reporters visited, all the entrances to the new coronavirus drive-thru testing center at Bergen Community College were blocked off by noon on Friday, and signs warned that the facility was at capacity. Yet many persisted, with hundreds of cars lining up along Paramus Road, waiting to get closer to the facility.

Trying to maintain order, police tried to direct traffic and shouted orders through megaphones.

"It’s quite possible folks are going to have to wait a few hours,” said Christopher Neuwirth, assistant health commissioner for the state.

Videos that were posted online captured the intensity of the scene.

The line moved at a moderate pace, with two cars accepted two at a time. The procedure - a quick swab - typically takes only a few minutes, tops. Some vehicles were filled with four or five people, while others were solo. Priority was given to those with symptoms.