Bayonne Medical Center starts drive-thru testing for COVID-19 by referral

Due to a limited number of tests, only symptomatic patients will be tested

Other testing sites operate throughout the county, such as Secaucus.
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Other testing sites operate throughout the county, such as Secaucus.

Bayonne Medical Center, a CarePoint Health hospital, began drive-thru testing of Bayonne residents on March 26, by referral only.

The testing site will be at Don Ahern Veterans Stadium starting at 10 a.m. in Veterans Park behind Bayonne High School at 669 Avenue A. The stadium will be closed each day that testing occurs, weekdays from 10 a.m. until approximately 3:30 p.m.

During the testing, authorized scripted patients can drive up and be tested, while remaining in their cars throughout the entire process. No testing will occur outside any vehicle.

Because of the limited availability of screening tests, the procedure is only for patients scheduled for COVID-19 screening by CarePoint doctors. Only motorists with a valid prescription from a CarePoint doctor and an appointment will be admitted.

Residents are advised not to come without an appointment and script from their doctors.

Only symptomatic patients will be tested. If more tests become available, CarePoint will begin more widespread testing. However, the Office of Emergency Management (OEM) confirmed that the city will not start testing asymptomatic people anytime soon.

Neighborhood concerns

Veteran’s Stadium is in a residential area on Avenue A, lined with traditional box homes. The site may raise questions among locals regarding traffic and the spread of the virus.

Despite the proximity to residential areas, OEM said there is no cause for concern for residents who lives near Veteran’s Stadium.

According to OEM, medical professionals have confirmed that residents cannot contract COVID-19 from someone driving past their houses. OEM noted that there won’t be lines of cars in any residential areas.

OEM advised residents to stay home and remain calm as the number of cases of COVID-19 in Bayonne continues to climb in the coming days.

“Obviously, the number of positive cases is still on the rise, so numbers will continue to increase before they go down,” according to a statement from OEM. “Practice social distancing.”

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