Hoboken to launch COVID-19 antibody testing for frontline responders tomorrow

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The City of Hoboken will launch their COVID-19 antibody testing program for frontline responders, including police, firefighters, and health care professionals, tomorrow.

The PromptMD at 1122 Washington Street in Hoboken. Photo via Google Maps.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

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 will be located at 601 Jackson Street, the 7th street & Jackson Gym, and will be open to pre-registered first responders from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Friday.

“I’m extremely pleased for Hoboken to launch the antibody testing site tomorrow for first responders, in partnership with Prompt MD and Power Analytics,” Mayor Ravi Bhalla said in a statement.

“While a positive test may not indicate full immunity, those that take the test will have the peace of mind whether or not they had COVID-19. I’m proud that Hoboken will soon become one of the few cities in the region to offer both COVID-19 tests and antibody tests for residents.”

The antibody site will formally open to the Hoboken public in the coming week, with appointments required for testing.

“I am very happy to partner with the city of Hoboken and Power Analytics to provide the first real-time point of care Covid-19 Antibody testing platform for the community,” added Islam.

“The ability to provide test results within 15 minutes with quantitative analysis to a patient at point of care will allow for better communication and compliance of the social distances guidelines established by CDC.”

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 such as social distancing, officials said.