UPDATED: Secaucus COVID-19 testing center won’t open Monday due to expected dangerous weather

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The Secaucus COVID-19 testing center outside the Hudson Regional Hospital won’t open tomorrow “due to expected high winds and dangerous conditions.”

Photo courtesy of the Hudson Regional Hospital.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

“Due to expected high winds and dangerous conditions, Hudson County’s drive-thru COVID-19 mass testing site at Hudson Regional Hospital will be closed tomorrow, Mon. 4/13,” the Hudson County government tweeted this evening.

“All scheduled for an appointment will be contacted and re-scheduled as swiftly as possible.”

Shortly after this story was published, the Bayonne Office of Emergency Management said their testing center will also be closed tomorrow due to the weather forecast.

“Due to the High Wind Warning for our area tomorrow, we have canceled the Bayonne Medical Center Drive-Up Testing Site for Monday 4/13/20. Forecasters are calling for dangerous and damaging winds, along with heavy rain.”

Additionally, the North Hudson Community Action Corporation announced that the North Hudson coronavirus testing center, on 36th Street in Union City between John F. Kennedy Boulevard and Bergenline Avenue, will close as well.

However, their call center will still be open to schedule appointments, which can be reached at 201-366-8465.

For the first time during this public health emergency, Hudson County has passed Essex County for having the second most COVID-19 cases in the state, according to data provided by the New Jersey Department of Health this afternoon.

Hudson’s 12 municipalities combine for 7,469 coronavirus cases, just slightly ahead of Essex County now, which has 7,410 confirmed patients, based on data provided by the state this afternoon.

Statistics released by each individual municipality show that nearly two thirds of those cases are in Jersey City, Union City, or North Bergen, which have 2,469, 1,142, and 1,106 patients to date, respectively, for about 63 percent of the county’s total.

Overall, there are now 61,850 confirmed coronavirus cases statewide, as well as 2,350 total deaths, state data shows.

 

Editor’s note: This story has been updated with new information.