Hudson Regional Hospital staff is providing quick and easy drive-thru COVID-19 testing by appointment at 55 Meadowlands Parkway in Secaucus.
The process appears to be quicker and more efficient than other methods, also preventing contact between potential COVID-19 patients and other patients at the hospital.
Residents who have a fever, cough, and shortness of breath are advised to call 201-388-1097 to begin the screening process. During the call, a healthcare professional will discuss symptoms, and, if appropriate, take information and make an appointment for a screening.
According to Hudson Regional Hospital, the screening will take place outside the hospital in the patient’s car, and if needed, additional tests will be performed in a specially designated area. After the screening, results will be provided within three to five days.
“Hudson Regional Hospital developed our testing system to assure that the community gets the most benefit from our medical staff and the limited number of testing kits,” said Dr. Nizar Kifaieh, President and CEO of Hudson Regional Hospital. “We will provide regular updates throughout the Covid-19 crisis, and we expect to expand and improve this program as instant tests become available in greater quantities.”
Serving the community
The tests are part of the hospital’s extensive COVID-19 response program to prevent, diagnose, and treat COVID-19, both inside the hospital and in the surrounding community.
The response includes constant direct contact with the NJ Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on the most up-to-the-minute information and care procedures for residents of Secaucus and the greater Hudson County and Bergen County area.
Additional procedures have been put in place at the hospital to stop the spread of germs. Internal practices and protocols are in place to care for prospective COVID-19 patients and ensure their best outcomes.
The hospital has re-enforced internal processes that prevent infection within the hospital itself, including twice-daily employee screenings, to respond to all non-virus regional healthcare needs in a safe environment.
“Concerns of the spread and treatment of COVID-19, the coronavirus, have disrupted many lives already, and as a community, we need to be vigilant about prevention practices in order to reduce the severity of what now qualifies as a pandemic,” said Kifaieh. “We are grateful for the partnership we share with Mayor Gonnelli and the Town of Secaucus and to the State Department of Health and the CDC for providing us with the resources needed to help our community through this health emergency.”
For more information, call the Coronavirus Call Center at 1-800-222-1222 or visit the CDC website at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html or the NJ Department of Health website at https://www.nj.gov/health/cd/topics/ncov.shtml.
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