The Riverside Medical Group has officially opened their COVID-19 testing facility to the community at large in Hoboken, with hours open by appointment through this afternoon and testing hours available this weekend as well.
Great news – weâ€™re officially opening up the Riverside Medical COVID-19 testing center in North Hoboken to all symptomatic Hoboken residents. Iâ€™m grateful to Riverside & Dr. Brahmbhat for this partnership. Any resident w/ symptoms now has peace of mind that testing is available pic.twitter.com/p4GuIFdShF
â€” Ravinder S. Bhalla (@RaviBhalla) April 3, 2020
Residents with symptoms of COVID-19 must call 201-420-5621 in advance to schedule an appointment since no walk-in testing will be permitted, the city announced on their website minutes ago.
The calls will be fielded at City Hall by Hobokenâ€™s Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) beginning today for a soft-launch between the hours of 1 p.m. and 4 p.m., along with this Saturday and Sunday between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.
The testing center is located on 14th Street, between Jefferson Street and Madison Street.
â€œIâ€™m very glad that in partnership with Riverside Medical, we are now opening up testing to Hoboken residents,â€ Mayor Ravi said in a statement Bhalla.
â€œAny Hoboken resident who is symptomatic now has the peace of mind that testing is now available. Iâ€™m extremely grateful to Riverside Medical for working with us on making this available to Hoboken, and especially to Dr. Gaurang Brahmbhat for expanding his services to help protect our residents.â€
â€œThe City Council is happy to see additional testing being made available to Hoboken residents,â€ added Council President Jen Giattino. â€œWe all have learned the importance of additional testing to slowing down this virus. Thank you to Riverside Medical Group for working with Mayor Bhalla and the City Council.â€
Starting Monday, April 6th, the call center will be open to schedule appointments from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday.
Anyone seeking testing must provide proof of residency and the test will be free. Bhalla first made mention of the RMG expanding their testing on Wednesday evening.
The mayor also thanked Hoboken OEM Coordinator Sgt. William Montanez, Health and Human Services Director Leo Pellegrini, Assistant Business Administrator Caleb Stratton, Corporation Counsel Brian Aloia, and Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop for helping expand the city’s testing sites services.
There are now five active testing sites in Hudson County: two in Jersey City, one in Bayonne, and one in Secaucus, in addition to the latest one in the Mile Square City.
On Monday, a Union City facility will be available for all North Hudson residents.