The drive-through COVID-19 testing site in Bayonne plans to implement two more phases: one to accommodate healthcare workers and first responder, as well as a third one where they where they will accept referrals from local doctors.
By John Heinis/Hudson County View
In the first phase, testing is being offered for the patients referred from the Carepoint Health Medical Group practices in Bayonne, Jersey City and Hoboken with prescription only. The second phase will involve testing our healthcare personnel and first responders from Bayonne,” said CarePoint spokesman Eric Bloom.
“The third and final phase of this process will allow us to start taking patients referred from community practices but with a prescription only. This scaled up approach is being undertaken primarily due to lack of testing kits and disruptions in supply chain across the country.”
Bloom further stated that the timelines for the next two phases will be made in conjunction with Mayor Jimmy Davis and the city council, thanking them for their collaborative efforts to date.
10 a.m. this morning marked the first day of testing at the the Don Ahern Veterans Memorial Stadium, which was announced just hours before the city disclosed that their first coronavirus-related death occurred – with 26 patients still remaining.
As of 12:20 p.m. this afternoon, those figures had not changed, according to a Facebook video Davis posted.
Drive-through testing at the Hudson Regional Hospital in Secaucus began on Monday, while Jersey City will open their first two testing sites tomorrow at 10 a.m.
In just 24 hours, Hudson County’s coronavirus cases saw a huge spike: going from 260 cases to 441, state officials said at a news conference this afternoon.