Hoboken partners with Jersey City for COVID-19 testing

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Hoboken’s Riverside testing site at 14th and Jefferson Street will be closed until Monday, July 13.

As a result of a recent spike of COVID-19 cases in the mile-square city due to residents who traveled to hot spot states, a significant demand for testing has occurred as the city’s CERT team fielded more than 400 calls from residents seeking to schedule a test.

Hoboken and Jersey City have partnered to allow Hoboken residents to get tested at the Jersey City testing site at Jersey City Public Safety Headquarters at 465 Marin Boulevard in near the Newport Mall.

Hoboken residents can get tested at this site during its scheduled hours of 8 a.m. until 3 p.m., Wednesday through Friday of this week.

Residents should email the Hoboken Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) at covid19@hobokencert.org with their name, email, phone number and address, to inform CERT that they are going to get a test at this Jersey City site.

Residents do not need to wait for a response from CERT after sending the email, and can simply go to the Jersey City testing site.No appointment is needed.

Once at the testing site, the resident must show proof of Hoboken residency or employment in Hoboken.

There is no charge to Hoboken residents for this service.

Testing will also be provided by Jersey City for Hoboken residents in Jersey City on Saturday at St. John’s Church at 110 North Street from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m., with registration required at http://njtogether.org/testing.

Residents are also asked to please email CERT informing the city that they will be obtaining this testing. Testing at both Jersey City sites uses a PCR nasal swab, with results available in three to five days.

“I extend my sincere thanks to Mayor Fulop and his staff for extending this service to Hoboken residents,” said Mayor Ravi Bhalla.  “From the beginning, Mayor Fulop helped guide us as we acquired COVID-19 tests at the start of the pandemic, and we appreciate Jersey City’s regional partnership in combating this pandemic.”

Hoboken residents can also obtain a test, by appointment only, through a drive through testing center at Hudson Regional Hospital (55 Meadowlands Parkway in Secaucus).

The testing site has recently been open Tuesdays and Wednesdays or Thursdays, from 9 a.m. until noon.

The COVID-19 test is also a PCR test requiring a nasal swab, with results available in three to five days.

This testing is available to Hudson County residents with or without insurance at no charge.

To schedule an appointment, call 201-388-1097 or 646-862-1161.

The Hoboken testing site is closed until Monday, because the medical professionals have worked for the past three months and deserve a break. But CERT volunteers will continue to accept phone calls, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m., to facilitate appointments for next week at the Riverside site in Hoboken.

If residents have symptoms or are in urgent need of a test (e.g. elevated symptoms), call CERT because Riverside will accept some Hoboken patients at its Secaucus office (separate from Hudson Regional) this week for a rapid, 15-minute test.

Due to the recent high call volume, the city asks that residents plan ahead if looking to get a COVID-19 test prior to a certain date and call at least a week before.

Due to the demand at Riverside, Dr. Brahmbhatt has requested that residents and employees of Hoboken businesses who request regular COVID-19 testing, limit their testing at the site to twice a month.

This should be disregarded if someone has symptoms or reason to believe they were exposed to COVID-19.