Hoboken to offer rapid COVID-19 testing

Riverside Medical will begin using g rapid testing at the Hoboken COVID-19 testing site, on Friday, April 17 for symptomatic Hoboken residents.

Those receiving a COVID-19 test will now receive their results in 15 minutes, thanks to new testing kits obtained and used by Riverside Medical through Abbott Laboratories.

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The Riverside facility under the 14th street Viaduct is open to symptomatic Hoboken residents.

Members of the Hoboken Police and Fire Departments are receiving COVID-19 tests through the new tests today.

According to Mayor Ravi Bhalla, these new, rapid tests are a “game-changer for Hoboken,” in part because it will help ensure first responders aren’t out of work while waiting for results.

It will also help make investigations into close contacts and recommendations of self-quarantine from the Health Department more efficient.

While the rapid testing starts Friday, Hoboken residents who were already tested through Riverside may be experiencing a delay in receiving their results.

The current tests must be processed at a private laboratory off-site in Elmwood Park through BioReference Lab.

For residents currently waiting for results, you can access them once available through the online portal on BioReference’s website.

Visit https://bioreference.com/patient-portal and click on “test results”.

Create a free account with your information, and you can view your results as soon as they’re posted.

Symptomatic Hoboken residents must call 201-420-5621 to schedule a test through the city’s hotline, Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m..

The city will pay for the cost of getting tested if not covered by insurance.

Hoboken has a total of 346 positive COVID-19 residents. One of the confirmed cases is an officer in the Hoboken Police Department, who has been in self-quarantine, since April 5, and has not had extended contact with other members of the department for the past 10 days.