North Bergen begins testing all senior Housing Authority buildings

The testing aims to prevent further resident exposure to the virus

A North Bergen Housing Authority building.
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A North Bergen Housing Authority building.

The North Bergen Housing Authority is set to begin testing every senior building resident on Monday, May 11.

The testing will be administered by the North Bergen Health Department, who will be aided by North Bergen Housing Authority staff. By expanding the testing that was done by the township at its nursing home facilities, township officials hope to have a clearer understanding of what steps need to be taken to protect the residents most at risk.

Testing this particular population is especially important because they live in a multi-unit congregate building with exposure to each other on a regular basis, according to North Bergen Housing Authority Executive Director Gerald Sanzari

“The Township of North Bergen has taken extraordinary steps to ensure the safety and health of our residents during this pandemic,” Sanzari said. “I am thrilled that the North Bergen Health Department will be aiding in testing every one of our senior residents, as they are such a vulnerable population.”

Testing will be done floor by floor and building by building, with residents being tested in the common area. Results will be monitored and stored in a secure database by the North Bergen Health Department.

Mayor Nicholas Sacco commend the efforts made by Executive Director Sanzari and his team.

“This initiative to test our most vulnerable residents by the North Bergen Housing Authority builds off of the efforts the township has taken to mass test patients at our Long Term Care Facilities,” Sacco said. “The results from these tests will help us protect our seniors and provide us with the information needed to combat this virus and slow its spread.”

By testing every resident, the township will be able to better combat the spread of the virus by isolating any resident that has been exposed to it and getting them the medical attention that they require, according to Director Sanzari.

During the pandemic, the North Bergen Housing Authority has sought to take care of senior residents, including distributing gloves and candy.

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