Secaucus to test all nursing home patients and staff

The town is working to test residents of Alaris Health and Integrity House

Elderly people and residents of nursing homes have been the some of the hardest impacted population groups during the COVID-19 pandemic.

As a result, the Town of Secaucus is working to test all local nursing home residents. Similar moves are being made across North Hudson. Recently, North Bergen announced that it would be testing 100 percent of all nursing homes in an effort to curtail the spread of COVID-19.

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Mayor Michael Gonnelli made the announcement in a COVID-19 update on April 23.

“As the COVID-19 health crisis continues, I would like to thank you all for doing your part by staying home, complying with social distancing and wearing masks, as required, in public settings,” Gonnelli said. “I trust our efforts will help us see this crisis as a thing of the past soon.”

Testing for COVID-19 continues to become more accessible at Hudson Regional Hospital and Riverside Medical locations in Secaucus. Gonnelli said the state has also increased its focus on testing all residents and staff at nursing homes, veterans’ homes and similar facilities.

Among the facilities included in the new wave of testing are an Alaris Health nursing home and neighboring Integrity House recovery facility.

“The North Hudson Community Action Corp is working to service our local community to test all patients and staff at Alaris Health, a senior adult facility on County Avenue,” Gonnelli continued. “Testing efforts have also been increased at Integrity House, an addiction treatment and recovery facility located on the same campus.”

Increased testing is key to slowing the spread of the virus and ensuring proper diagnosis and treatment, according to Mayor Gonnelli.

Inflated numbers

Mayor Gonnelli also highlighted that the increase in testing may lead to inflated numbers regarding the number of residents who have tested positive from the virus as well as the death toll.

“Please know that even though individuals at these facilities may not be Secaucus residents, under certain circumstances, our Health Officer must include them in the count of Secaucus confirmed cases and deaths,” Gonnelli said.

Many of the temporary residents will be reflected in the numbers posted online at the Town’s website at www.secaucusnj.gov/virus.

Secaucus residents are advised to continue to monitor the Town website for the latest updates on COVID-19.

“Stay vigilant and be safe,” Mayor Gonnelli said.

For updates on this and other stories, check www.hudsonreporter.com and follow us on Twitter @hudson_reporter. Daniel Israel can be reached at disrael@hudsonreporter.com.

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