North Bergen opens another free testing site

North Hudson copes with a massive virus surge

The new testing site at Braddock Park offers walk-up and drive-thru testing.
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The new testing site at Braddock Park offers walk-up and drive-thru testing.

Amid the COVID-19 surge, North Bergen has established a new outdoor testing site in Braddock Park’s Bruin Stadium parking lot. 

As of Nov. 19, the township recorded 4,160 confirmed cases and 238 deaths.

This marks a 460 case jump from 3,700 cases as of Nov. 12. This is the fifth consecutive week that cases have increased by more than 100, and the second consecutive week that cases jumped by nearly 500.

As North Bergen witnesses an uptick in COVID-19 cases, testing remains one of the best ways to protect the community and limit the spread.

The new testing site is open for walk-up or drive-thru on Mondays, Thursdays, and Sundays from noon to 6 p.m. Tests include the COVID-19 Nasal Swab and Serology Antibody Test.

No appointment is necessary. There is no out-of-pocket cost for township residents; no insurance co-pay.

Two other free testing sites are available by appointment-only with proof of residency.

Call the Walk-in Urgent Care Center, 7405 Bergenline Avenue, at (201) 636-6763; call Diligent Medical Care, 3725 Liberty Avenue, at (201) 834-8887; or text COVID to (973) 447-3559.

Residents are urged to get tested, socially distance, and wear masks.

North Bergen provides free masks to residents. Call 201-392-2157 or email NBCares@northbergen.org.

North Hudson copes

Union City has 5,293 confirmed cases and 226 deaths as of Nov. 19, jumping by more than 500 cases in a week. This is the fifth consecutive week in which cases have skyrocketed.

West New York reported 2,838 cases, 892 recoveries, and 143 deaths as of Nov. 18.

As of Nov. 19, there were 1,005 cases and 50 deaths in Secaucus.

In Weehawken, there were 21 active cases, 512 recoveries, and 23 deaths as of Nov. 18.

Guttenberg reported 43 active cases, 238 recoveries, and 32 deaths as of Nov. 6.

Residents must wear masks, social distance, practice good hygiene, stay home if ill, and avoid large crowds.

Getting tested

North Hudson residents can get tested for COVID-19 and antibodies in Union City at 36th Street between Bergenline Avenue and Kennedy Boulevard.

For Monday and Friday appointments, call 201-537-5704; for Tuesday and Thursday appointments, call 201-366-8465. Walk-ins are welcome on Wednesday and Saturday.

Residents can also get tested at Hudson Regional Hospital, 55 Meadowlands Parkway in Secaucus.

Testing is available on Mondays from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m., Tuesdays from 9 to 10:30 a.m. and Thursdays from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Make an appointment by calling 201-388-1097 Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Residents must be at least five years old for COVID-19 and antibody tests; six months old for flu vaccines. Results are emailed within 24 hours.

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