Hoboken protesters urged to get COVID-19 testing

Mayor Ravi Bhalla and the City of Hoboken ask all residents who attended Friday’s peaceful protest to make an appointment for a COVID-19 test.

Health experts, along with Gov. Murphy, have also asked any participant in a demonstration to get a test, out of an abundance of caution, to protect the health and safety of local communities.

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Residents can schedule a test with their primary care physician or use Riverside Medical’s testing facility which is open to all residents by appointment.

To make an appointment for a COVID-19 test call the Community Emergency Response Team hotline at 201-420-5621 Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.

Symptoms of COVID-19 are not needed to receive a test.

 “Friday’s demonstration was a powerful statement in the struggle for racial equality,” Bhalla said. “At the same time, to keep our community safe, I ask any resident who attended the event to please schedule a COVID-19 test given the practical difficulties of social distancing at the demonstration.”

On the advice of health experts, the city recommends residents who attended the protest to self-isolate whenever possible and avoid any contact with vulnerable populations and the elderly, until receiving the results of a COVID-19 test.

If a resident does not have health insurance, the city will pay for the test with Riverside Medical.

Riverside and the city have also made testing available to any employee of any Hoboken business in advance of a gradual reopening.

The results of a COVID-19 test at the Riverside site are provided within 15 minutes, on site.

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