Mayor Ravi Bhalla and the City of Hoboken, in partnership with Prompt MD, will be providing additional free COVID-19 testing at the Jackson Street Gymnasium on Aug. 10 and Aug. 11, and Aug. 17 and Aug 18.
The popup COVID-19 testing site will have the capacity to test up to 350 residents per day.
It will be open to Hoboken residents only, with results provided two to three days after the test is taken.
Registration is open on a first-come, first-serve basis on Aug. 10 and Aug 11 with registration for Aug. 17 and Aug. 18 available within the coming days, according to the city.
To receive a test on Monday or Tuesday at the popup site with Prompt MD, residents must register online at hobokennj.gov/PromptMD with the required documentation, including a driver’s license or government-issued identification with a Hoboken address, as well as health insurance information.
Walk-ins will not be permitted.
The city will pay for the test for anyone who does not have health insurance.
“Providing a COVID-19 test for anyone who needs it remains at the forefront of our strategy to combat the spread of the virus, and this additional site with Prompt MD will help us meet the increasing demand,” said Mayor Bhalla. “I encourage any Hoboken resident who has recently traveled to a high-risk state or may have been in a situation where an exposure may have occurred, to get a COVID-19 test. Thank you to Dr. Islam, as well as Christine Herman Pipchick and the employees at Prompt MD for working with the city and Director Pellegrini to provide this additional testing.”
It will help mitigate the high demand for testing at the Riverside testing site under the 14th Street Viaduct, which will continue rapid COVID-19 testing.
The city asks that anyone who is asymptomatic or getting a test for a precautionary reason (eg. visiting elderly relatives next weekend) to consider using the popup COVID-19 testing site with Prompt MD, so that symptomatic residents can use the Riverside site which provides results 15 minutes after the test is taken.
Residents are asked to keep in mind that a COVID-19 test is recommended at least five to seven days after possible exposure and that many who have contracted the virus do not have symptoms.
Getting tested too early could result in inaccurate results and a false negative as the incubation period for the virus is between two and 14 days.
Residents are asked to quarantine until after they receive their negative test result.
If returning from a state on New Jersey’s quarantine list or if a resident has had a high risk of exposure, the resident must self-quarantine for the full 14 days, even with a negative test result.
To book a test through Riverside, residents should call the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) hotline in city hall, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. at 201-420-5621.
Employees of local businesses who request a COVID-19 test should continue to request tests through Riverside by calling the city hall hotline.