Hudson Regional Hospital warns against easing social distancing

Easing restrictions without precautions may cause a second surge

Hudson Regional Hospital in Secaucus
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Hudson Regional Hospital in Secaucus

Hudson Regional Hospital’s (HRH) COVID-19 Response Team cautions that while the state is opening for business in phases, residents still need to practice social distancing to ensure that New Jersey does not experience a second surge of infections as seen in states like Texas, Florida, and Arizona.

HRH has implemented precautions to keep patients in need of non-COVID related care safe from the virus. Officials there say waiting to seek treatment until after the pandemic offers a far greater risk than seeing a doctor or going to the emergency room now.

The drive-through COVID-19 testing sitethe hospital is operating in conjunction with Hudson County and Secaucus will remain open by appointment only until the need for this service subsides.

Antibody testing available

The IgG antibody testing site remains open between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, and between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

“We know that people are excited to get out of the house, but at the same time we’re concerned that people might erroneously believe that the eased restrictions mean there is no more risk for infection,” said Dr. Nizar Kifaieh, president and CEO for HRH.

“We can still enjoy the summer weather, just with precautions—wearing a mask, keeping hands clean, limiting time in indoor establishments—so that we can continue to flatten the curve.”

Hudson County residents experiencing COVID-19 symptoms should call 201-388-1097 or 646-862-1161 to be pre-screened for the by- appointment drive-through testing site.

The cost for IgG testing for those without a prescription or insurance taken by the laboratory is $120 collected at the time of test. All health-related information collected from administering these tests is shared on a national database that is being used to find a vaccine.

Patients currently experiencing COVID-19 symptoms should go to the nearest emergency room immediately.

For more information about HRH, visit www.hudsonregionalhospital.com or call 201.392.3100.

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