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Hoboken to launch antibody testing for residents

Hoboken began antibody testing for first responders and frontline workers on Friday, May 8.

COVID-19 antibody testing launched in Hoboken on Friday May 8 for first responders and front-line workers, but the city plans to expand the testing to all Hoboken residents in the coming weeks, according to the city’s spokesperson Vijay Chaudhuri.

The city partnered with Dr. Javed Islam from Prompt MD, as well as Power Analytics Global Corporation, a real-time simulation, software, and data analytics company, to offer testing with a rapid, 10-minute antibody test.

Antibody tests check the blood for certain proteins, indicate whether or not an individual previously had COVID-19, and show the levels of IgG and IgM antibodies in their systems.

Even if an antibody test were positive, an individual should not assume he or she has full immunity to COVID-19 in the future. He or she should continue to take precautions, including social distancing, hand washing, and isolating.

“I’m extremely pleased for Hoboken to launch the antibody testing site tomorrow for first responders, in partnership with Prompt MD and Power Analytics,” said Mayor Ravi Bhalla. “While a positive test may not indicate full immunity, those who take the test will have the peace of mind whether or not they had COVID-19, and also have the opportunity to donate plasma to assist those currently with COVID-19. I’m proud that Hoboken will soon become one of the few cities in the region to offer both COVID-19 tests and antibody tests for residents. Increasing testing is one critical benchmark to eventually reopen our region when it is safe to do so, and I’m glad that Hoboken is doing its part.

“The ability to provide test results within 15 minutes with quantitative analysis to a patient at point of care will allow for better communication and compliance of the social distances guidelines established by CDC,” said PromptMD’s Islam.

According to Hackensack Meridian Health, widespread antibody testing could give researchers a better understanding of how many people have been infected and how deadly the virus really is.

Researchers can then use this data to better predict how COVID-19 might affect the future, including why some people are more severely impacted than others.

“As a resident of Hoboken, I am honored to be working with Mayor Bhalla, the city of Hoboken, PromptMD, and Immunostics, Inc. to launch the first rapid Covid-19 Antibody Testing and Real-time secure data analysis platform to help protect our community,” said Keith Barksdale, chairman of Power Analytics. “Mayor Bhalla’s decision to have the city of Hoboken be the first in the state to shelter in place helped save many lives, and now his decision to be the first city in the State of New Jersey to offer a point of care Covid-19 Antibody testing platform with real-time secure data analysis to its residents will help the city in strategic planning for the Re-Opening of Hoboken.”

According to Chaudhuri, the city will launch antibody testing for all residents in the coming weeks, but details are still being finalized by city officials.

Whether tests will be free if not covered by insurance has not yet been announced, according to Chaudhuri, emphasizing that residents will have to make an appointment with an online signup form before they can be tested.

“We are honored to partner with the City of Hoboken, to offer the City’s hard-working men and women COVID-19 antibody testing,” said Adam Choe, president and CEO of Immunostics, Inc., a pharmaceutical and medical device company based in Eatontown NJ. “This partnership highlights the City’s innovative leadership by being one of the first US cities to offer a citywide COVID-19 antibody testing to all residents of Hoboken, NJ.”

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