Hoboken to open rapid COVID-19 antibody testing to all residents on May 20th

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The City of Hoboken will open rapid COVID-19 antibody testing to all residents on May 20th, with registration being made available online.

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By John Heinis/Hudson County View

“I’m extremely thrilled that Hoboken residents now have access to antibody tests. The pilot launch last week was a success, with over 250 people tested for antibodies and receiving rapid results,” Mayor Ravi Bhalla said in a statement.

“Not only does this test offered at our Hoboken site let people know whether they have antibodies from a previous COVID-19 infection, but also whether they have antibodies built up from a current infection. Making this test available to all Hoboken residents who want it will provide us with important data as we begin to plan for a safe re-opening for our region.”

The testing is being done in a joint effort with Prompt MD, Power Analytics, and the city at the gymnasium located at 601 Jackson St.

“Everyone should have access to high level quality healthcare,” noted Dr. Javed Islam from Prompt MD.

“Our partnership with the City of Hoboken, Mayor Bhalla, and Power Analytics will set a new standard of care in the State of New Jersey to patients impacted by COVID-19 pandemic.”

Last week, the city, Prompt MD, and Power Analytics launched the pilot testing site which tested over 250 first responders and frontline workers for antibodies.

Those who were tested were provided with results on site or through text later in the day.

Two individuals tested positive for IgM, indicating current exposure to COVID-19 and were provided with medical advice to self-quarantine.

The Boditech AFIAS Rapid COVID-19 Antibody Test is currently certified for all of Europe and is currently used in 15 different countries and has been presented to the FDA for approval.

According to the manufacturer, in clinical trials, the test provides over 96.6% sensitivity and specificity, higher than required by the FDA.

Additionally, the test utilizes blood from a finger prick, as opposed to drawing blood.

“Providing antibody testing for everyone who needs it will help give Hoboken the tools it needs to keep everyone safe,” added Council President Jen Giattino.

“I am pleased to support this increase in testing and extend my thanks to Dr. Islam and Power Analytics for providing this service to our residents.”