Jersey City to begin COVID-19 antibody testing on Monday, expecting 2,100 tests per week

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The City of Jersey City will begin COVID-19 antibody testing on Monday, expecting to conduct approximately 2,100 tests per week.

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By John Heinis/Hudson County View

Today we signed a contract w/the lab to begin antibody testing for #JerseyCity residents. We’ll start on Monday w/2100 tests per week (similar # to nasal swab that we’ll continue doing),” Mayor Steven Fulop tweeted.

“We’ll test our own front line employees 1st part of next week then begin testing public free of charge towards Wed/Thursday of next week. This is part of our initiatives around broader testing for our residents so that we can get the city functioning again.”

The news comes after Jersey City announced that they will have free COVID-19 testing for all residents next week, including those not exhibiting symptoms.

As of Wednesday, Jersey City has reported 5,329 coronavirus cases and 285 deaths.

Yesterday, the New Jersey Department of Health indicated there are 14,916 cases of COVID-19 in Hudson County and 798 deaths, the second and third most in the state by county, respectively.