Hoboken’s COVID-19 test center testing center is opening to residents without virus symptoms, noting that an increase in testing is necessary to reopen the local economy.
By John Heinis/Hudson County View
“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,” Mayor Ravi Bhalla said in his daily coronavirus update.
“To that end, I’m extremely pleased to share that Riverside Medical will now open up rapid, 15-minute testing to all Hoboken residents and frontline workers in Hoboken, with or without symptoms of COVID-19. The Riverside facility is now one of the first testing facilities in New Jersey to offer tests to individuals without symptoms.”
He continued that the process to receive a test remains the same, by calling the Hoboken City Hall CERT hotline at 201-420-5621 to schedule an appointment.
Riverside first made their 15-minute tests available on April 17th.
Furthermore, first responders and employees of all essential businesses, those that have frequent contact with the public, and those with symptoms will still be given priority.
The Mile Square City has reported the same number of COVID-19 cases since Sunday, 473, but notes that an amendment has been made to reflect that their tally was 466 on April 25th since several non-Hoboken residents were included in the tally.
While Hoboken confirmed seven new cases on Monday, that would still make their total number of cases to 473, according to the mayor, and coronavirus deaths citywide remain at 23.
This afternoon, the New Jersey Department of Health reported 14,309 positive COVID-19 cases and 722 deaths in Hudson County, the second and third most in the state by county, respectively.