In Hoboken, Riverside Medical Group will provide COVID-19 testing results in 15 minutes

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In Hoboken, the Riverside Medical Group will be providing COVID-19 results in just 15 minutes at their location on 14th Street, between Jefferson Street and Madison Street.

Health care workers from the Riverside Medical Group at the COVID-19 testing site in Hoboken. Facebook photo.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

“I’m very glad to share that Riverside Medical, led by Dr. Gaurang Brahmbhatt, will begin utilizing rapid testing at the Hoboken COVID-19 testing site, beginning Friday,” Mayor Ravi Bhalla said in a statement.

“Those receiving a COVID-19 test will now receive their results in 15 minutes, thanks to new testing kits obtained and utilized by Riverside Medical through Abbott Laboratories. The Riverside facility, which is open to symptomatic Hoboken residents, is one of the first public testing sites in the region to utilize rapid, on site testing.”

He continued that the Hoboken Police and Fire Departments are utilizing these tests today, with larger scale rapid testing set to commence tomorrow.

At last night’s council meeting, Police Chief Kenneth Ferrante said that 3 officers have tested positive for COVID-19 to date, while 21 have self-quarantined.

The process for receiving tests for symptomatic Hoboken residents remains the same, please call 201-420-5621 to schedule a test through our City Hall hotline, Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.

If your insurance does not cover it, the city will pay for the cost.

“These new, rapid tests are a game-changer for Hoboken, as those tested will have less uncertainty regarding their own health, ensure our first responders aren’t out of work while waiting for results, and will allow for more efficient investigations into close contacts and recommendations of self-quarantine from the Health Department,” Bhalla added.

Overall, Riverside, which opened to the general public on April 3rd, has tested 203 Hoboken residents for COVID-19, with 58 positive results, 115 negative, and 30 pending.

To date, Hoboken has 346 confirmed coronavirus cases overall and 18 related fatalities.

Minutes ago, the New Jersey Department of Health revealed that there are 9,165 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Hudson County, the second most in the state, and 365 deaths – the third most in the state.