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COVID-19 and antibody testing expands in West New York

The Town announced the Senior Nutrition Center will began testing on June 24

Mayor Rodriguez observes COVID-19 testing at the Parkview Towers.

As New Jersey continues Phase 2 of reopening amid the COVID-19 pandemic, testing has been expanding across Hudson County. In West New York, residents now have another location to get tested.

Mayor Gabriel Rodriguez and the Board of Commissioners announced a partnership with Power Analytics Global and Boditech USA to provide COVID-19 testing in town.

On June 24, COVID-19 and antibody testing became available at the Senior Nutrition Center at 515 54th Street in West New York.

“We strongly encourage all West New York residents to schedule a test as soon as possible,” Rodriguez said. “Although the virus is slowly decreasing its spread, largely in part to the social distance measures we have adopted, the only other way to handicap its spread is by massive testing.” 

To get tested at the Senior Nutrition Center, residents must visit www.westnewyorknj.org or http://bit.ly/3dmpPE3 to register.

“Nothing about this COVID-19 virus is simple, not the diagnosis, not the daily care, and not the long-term economic impact,” said Keith Barksdale, Chairman of Power Analytics. “However, we believe our highly accurate, point of care rapid testing platform, coupled with real-time data analysis, could be the tip of the spear to conquering this global problem.”

Adam Choe, CEO of Boditech USA, explained that its platform for COVID-19 testing requires ony a fingerstick of a blood sample and gives results in 10 minutes, thus eliminating a need to use a swab and or other related materials that are in short supply.

The antibody test also offers rapid results.

Getting tested

In order to get tested, you must be a resident of the Town of West New York. A valid ID and proof of residence is required.

The town is urging residents to register online for accurate relay of results. Residents will be provided an appointment time after registration, via text or email.

Reporting to the Nutrition Center during the scheduled appointment time is the best way to ensure minimal to no wait time. For questions, call 201.295.5271.

Tests will be covered with no out-of-pocket costs under all private health insurance plans as well as Medicare and Medicaid, according to a press release.

Testing will be available to residents without health insurance at no cost. However, residents with insurance are strongly advised to provide their insurance information in order to reduce testing costs for the town.

Rodriguez and the West New York Board of Commissioners strongly encourages residents to get tested.

Meanwhile, COVID-19 testing continues to take place for residents at the Parkview Towers.

For North Hudson residents only, another testing center is at 36th Street between Bergenline Avenue and Kennedy Boulevard in Union City, by appointment only. To schedule an appointment, residents must call 201-366-8465 and be pre-screened.

Staying proactive

On social media, the town thanked West New York residents who have been proactive against COVID-19.

“Our response has been effective, and we are beginning to return to the “new normal,’” according to the town. “As we begin to reopen, we strongly urge residents to continue wearing masks and maintain social distancing. Together we have made significant progress because #WeAreWNY.”

“Wear Your Masks!! We now know from recent studies that a significant portion of individuals with coronavirus lack symptoms (“asymptomatic”) and that even those who eventually develop symptoms (“pre-symptomatic”) can transmit the virus to others before showing symptoms,” according to the town. “This means that the virus can spread between people interacting in close proximity—for example, speaking, coughing, or sneezing—even if those people are not exhibiting symptoms.”

The CDC recommends wearing face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain, especially in areas of significant community-based transmission.

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