Bayonne Medical Center to offer COVID-19 testing for residents at veterans stadium

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CarePoint Health/the Bayonne Medical Center will offer COVID-19 testing for residents at the Don Ahern Veterans Memorial Stadium, beginning tomorrow at 10 a.m.

Don Ahern Veterans Memorial Stadium in Bayonne. Photo via maserconsulting.com.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

“Testing will run each day weekday from 10 am to [about] 3:30 pm. Authorized and scripted patients will drive up and be tested while sitting in their automobile. No one will be tested outside their vehicle,” according to an announcement from the Bayonne Office of Emergency Management.

Furthermore, only residents with a prescription from a CarePoint doctor who then schedule an appointment will be admitted for testing. Expectedly, the stadium will be closed for all other business during those aforementioned hours.

The news comes two days after CarePoint announced that BMC Hospital LLC will be purchasing the BMC and just hours following Superintendent of Schools John Niesz revealing that a 14-year-old 8th grade student has tested positive for COVID-19.

Based on previous data released by the city, he is likely the ninth resident to be diagnosed with the virus.

This morning, Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop said he would be calling on the state to set up a testing facility in his city since the appointment only system in Secaucus “isn’t ideal.”

At a press conference in Trenton this afternoon, Gov. Phil Murphy (D) said that thanks to the help of President Donald Trump (R) and other federal partners, three pop-up field hospitals would be coming to the Garden State – with the first one being set up at the Meadowlands Exposition Center in Secaucus.

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