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Hoboken to Begin Public COVID-19 Antibody Testing on 5/20

by Jennifer Tripucka
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On the heels of a successful pilot launch with first responders, Mayor Bhalla has shared that the City of Hoboken will begin testing all residents for antibodies to COVID-19 beginning on May 20th from 9:00AM-5:00PM.

The city is partnering with Dr. Javed Islam from Prompt MD, as well as Power Analytics, a real-time simulation, software, and data analytics company, to offer antibody testing with a rapid, 10-minute antibody test. The testing site is located at 601 Jackson Street {7th street & Jackson Gym} and will become one of the first rapid, antibody testing sites in the State of New Jersey. The testing site will have the capacity to test over 750 Hoboken residents and will also be open on Wednesday, May 27th and Friday, May 29th, with additional dates to be provided for June.

In order to receive a test, residents must register online at http://www.hobokennj.gov/antibody and will then be sent an appointment time; walk-ins will not be permitted. The City of Hoboken will pay for the cost of a test for any Hoboken resident who does not have health insurance, according to a press release from Mayor Bhalla.

“The pilot launch last week was a success, with over 250 people tested for antibodies and receiving rapid results. Not only does this test offered at our Hoboken site let people know whether they have antibodies from a previous COVID-19 infection, but also whether they have antibodies built up from a current infection. Making this test available to all Hoboken residents who want it will provide us with important data as we begin to plan for a safe re-opening for our region,” Mayor Bhalla said.

Antibody tests indicate whether or not an individual previously had COVID-19 and the levels of IgG and IgM antibodies in their system. Even if an antibody test was positive, the individual should not assume he or she has full immunity in the future to COVID-19, and continue to take precautions including social distancing.

Jersey City Antibody Testing

Jersey City has started its antibody testing on May 4th. “‪Today we signed a contract direct w/the lab to begin antibody testing for #JerseyCity residents,” Mayor Fulop announced via Facebook on Friday, May 1st.

“We’ll start on Monday [May 4th] w/2100 tests per week {similar # to nasal swab that we’ll continue doing}. We’ll test our front line employees for the 1st part of next week then begin testing [the] public free ‪of charge towards the end of next week,” he continued. “This is part of our initiatives around broader testing for our residents so that we can get the city functioning again. ‬We will begin taking calls on Wednesday morning to schedule public appointments for antibody testing.”

This news came just 24 hours after the city announced that it would allow for COVID-19 testing to all residents with or without symptoms also on Monday, May 4th.

Read More: Latest Jersey City + Hoboken COVID-19 Updates as of May 1, 2020

“We will provide free Corona testing to ANY resident requesting it – even residents not showing any symptoms. We believe expanding our testing is important to getting our local economy back,” Mayor Fulop said via Tweet. “We will also be putting our most vulnerable communities and front line workers on regular testing rotations to both keep them safe and also to identify potential larger clusters earlier. Appointment are still necessary so please call the testing appointment line to move forward.”

Currently, Jersey City has testing sites at two locations. A walk-up testing center for all Jersey City residents at 140 MLK Drive {in the Mary McLeod Bethune Life Center} and a drive-thru location at the former DPW Complex 575 NJ-440, Jersey City — residents must call 201-547-5535 to schedule an appointment.

In Hoboken

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Beyond antibody testing, on Wednesday, April 29th, Hoboken Mayor Ravi Bhalla announced that the Mile Square’s testing site through Riverside Medical Group is now open to residents with and without COVID-19 symptoms.

“As has been stated by medical professionals across the country, an increase in testing is critical to our region in order to re-open the local economy. This is especially important as many individuals may have COVID-19 but are unaware because they do not exhibit any symptoms,” he said in a previous press release.

Read More: Latest Jersey City + Hoboken COVID-19 Updates as of May 13, 2020

On a State Level

And to top it all off, all of this news all comes a few hours after NJ Governor Phil Murphy announced that non-essential construction and retail stores can begin and reopen on Monday, May 18th. This news comes just a few weeks after the governor unveiled a six-point plan “for responsibly reopening New Jersey.”

See More: NJ Governor Murphy Unveils Plans ‘for Responsibly Reopening New Jersey’

New Jersey has 141,560 cases of COVID-19, with 17,035 right here in Hudson County.

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