Over 600 COVID-19 testing kits were delivered to several nursing homes in North Hudson and Secaucus this weekend as part of an effort to assist vulnerable populations, an official told HCV.
By John Heinis/Hudson County View
“This weekend I was able to deliver over 600 COVID-19 test kits to all of the long-term care facilities in North Hudson. This mass testing effort will help us diagnose, cohort, and treat our most vulnerable populations more effectively,” said North Bergen Health Officer Janet Castro.
“I would also like to thank the North Hudson Community Action Corporation for helping secure this inventory for all of our facilitates and their outstanding efforts during this pandemic.”
The facilities that received kits are the HudsonView Center for Rehab and Healthcare and the Harborage in North Bergen, Alaris Health at Boulevard East in Guttenberg, Alaris Health at Castle Hill and the Manhattanview Health Care Center in Union City, as well as the Alaris Health at the Fountains in Secaucus.
Additionally, the kits are swab tests that typically take three to five days to receive results.
Castro also serves as the health officer for Guttenberg, Union City, Secaucus, and West New York – the latter which has no long-term care facilities.
North Bergen Mayor Nick Sacco announced on Wednesday that nursing homes would have complete COVID-19 testing. At the time, the municipality had reported 110 COVID-19 fatalities and 66 had occurred at long-term care facilities.
According to the New Jersey Department of Health, those six homes had reported the following coronavirus statistics as of Friday:
HudsonView: 93 cases, 25 deaths
Harborage: 156 cases, 24 deaths
Manhattanview: 34 cases, 16 deaths
Alaris at Boulevard East: 46 cases, 10 deaths
Alaris at Castle Hill: 32 cases, 2 deaths