North Hudson COVID-19 testing center seeking active and retired medical professionals

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The North Hudson COVID-19 testing center, located in Union City, is seeking active and retired medical professionals to volunteer ahead of their first day of operations on Monday.

A photo of the drive-through testing center at Hudson Regional Hospital in Secaucus from March 24th, 2020.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

“Volunteers will be asked to perform oral or nasal swabs on patients. The following professionals are allowed to volunteer at the site: active or retired: Dentists, Emergency Medical Technicians, Laboratory Technicians, Medical Technicians, Nurses, Paramedics, Perfusionists, Physician Assistants, Physicians, and Respiratory Care Practitioners,” Weehawken Mayor Richard Turner wrote in a letter to residents last night.

Turner continued that if interested in volunteering, residents should email volunteer@tow.nj.net.

Additionally, Union City has advised interested volunteers to call 201-376-1942.

The testing center, which expects to have both drive-through and walk up options, will be located at a parking lot on 36th Street between John F. Kennedy Boulevard and Bergenline Avenue.

The North Hudson Community Action Corporation said the location will be for residents of Union City, Weehawken, North Bergen, West New York and Guttenberg for as long as supplies last. Their daily hours of operation will be from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m.

In addition to having proof of residency in one of those five municipalities, those interested in being tested must call 201-366-8465 in order to get pre-screened, and if approved, to book an appointment.

This will be the fifth Hudson County coronavirus testing location, with two set up in Jersey City, one in Bayonne, and one in Secaucus already operating.

Minutes ago, the New Jersey Department of Health revealed that there are now 1,910 cases of COVID-19 in Hudson County, along with 29 deaths – both the third most in the state by county.