Post-Thanksgiving, Hoboken encouraging COVID-19 testing, winter sports postponed

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Post-Thanksgiving, the City of Hoboken is encouraging residents to take advantage of their new COVID-19 testing sites, also announcing that winer sports run by the recreation department will be postponed until further notice.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

“I encourage any resident who gathered over Thanksgiving or the weekend with multiple families outside the household, traveled or received visitors who traveled from outside the tri-state area, or attended a large gathering of any kind, to get tested this week,” Mayor Ravi Bhalla said in a Nixle alert this afternoon.

“Since the virus has been proven to spread among those who are asymptomatic and the increased chances of transmission in group and indoor settings, I encourage those residents also avoid contact with others and quarantine whenever possible until after receiving test results.”

He continued that the city’s health department recommends getting tested five to seven days after potential exposure, unless symptoms are present, and that a self-quarantine should be implemented for 14 days if there was high-risk exposure.

On Friday, the Mile Square City revealed that their main testing site, operated in conjunction with the Riverside Medical Group, would move to a larger location – 351 16th St. – after developer Bijou Properties donated the building and parking lot.

As noted last week, ivee and PromptMD are also participating in coronavirus testing. ivee’s next hours of operation will be from 8 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, December 2nd at the Multi-Service Center, located at 124 Grand St.

Anyone wishing to sign up can fill out their form here.

Meanwhile, PromptMD has hours available on Mondays(8 a.m. through 3 p.m.), Thursday (8 a.m. through 1 p.m.) and Friday (8 a.m. through 1 p.m.) at 605 Jackson St.

Testing is open by appointment only to both Hoboken residents and business employees. PCR testing is offered, with results anticipated within 48-72 hours. An appointment with PromptMD can be scheduled here.

Finally, Bhalla explained that winter-run recreation programs, such as flag football, have been postponed since it would be difficult to socially distance.

“As we continue through the next stage of the second wave, and with cases surging in New Jersey, we have made the difficult decision to indefinitely postpone all city-run recreation programs for the winter, including all indoor sports and flag-football,” the mayor said.

“We have seen some recent COVID-19 cases coming from recreation leagues, and given the expected increase in cases, we feel it would be irresponsible from a health perspective to continue with indoor sports where social distancing is not practical.”