Hoboken provides more testing post holiday


Hoboken Mayor Ravi Bhalla urges all residents who gathered with friends and family on Thanksgiving to get tested for COVID-19.

“I encourage any resident who gathered over Thanksgiving or the weekend with multiple families outside the household, traveled or received visitors who traveled from outside the tri-state area, or attended a large gathering of any kind, to get tested this week,” said Bhalla. “Since the virus has been proven to spread among those who are asymptomatic, I encourage those residents to also avoid contact with others and quarantine whenever possible until after receiving test results.”

The Hoboken Health Department recommends testing at least five to seven days after potential exposure noting that tests taken before may give inaccurate results.

If you had a high-risk exposure, which includes coming into prolonged contact with someone with COVID-19, the health department recommends a full 14-day quarantine, regardless of the test result.

Hoboken reported 71 new COVID-19 cases in the span of four days, bringing the city’s new total up to 1,430 residents infected since the pandemic’s start. According to the health department, 1,081 of those residents have fully recovered, while four of 17 COVID-19 patients at Hoboken University Medical Center are Hoboken residents. Fatalities remain unchanged at 31.

Testing options

COVID-19 testing will take place on Wednesday, Dec. 2 from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Multi-Service Center gym at 124 Grand St.

The PCR testing is open by appointment to both Hoboken residents and Hoboken business employees.

Results are anticipated within 48 to 72 hours.

To sign up go to https://calendly.com/iveecovid/ivee-x-hoboken-covid-19-testing-clone-1

At 605 Jackson St. Prompt MD will have testing today from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Friday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

PCR testing is open by appointment to both Hoboken residents and Hoboken business employees. Results are anticipated within 48-72 hours.  To make an appointment go to http://www.hobokennj.gov/promptmd.

Riverside Medical Group staff is continuing to provide COVID-19 testing only to Hoboken residents six days a week. Rapid testing is offered, with results provided within 15 minutes.

The site, formerly under the 14th street Viaduct, moved and is now inside a 25,000-square-foot warehouse with a 30,000-square-foot parking lot at 351 16th St. through a partnership with Bijou Properties.

Hoboken residents and Riverside Medical Group patients without a vehicle should enter the new testing facility on Clinton Street between 15th and 16th streets. Residents and patients driving to the facility should enter on 16th Street between Clinton Street and Grand Street.
To sign up for testing go to http://www.hobokennj.gov/riverside.

The New Jersey Department of Health will provide testing for residents at the community room of 221 Jackson St. on Friday, between 1 and and 7 p.m.

Testing is open to all residents and business employees.

No appointment is needed, and testing is available on a first-come, first-serve basis. It will offer PCR testing with results anticipated within 48-72 hours.

“We continue to battle a second wave here in Hoboken and across the state,” Bhalla said. “Please take precautions to help keep our community safe: avoid gatherings with others outside the household, especially in indoor settings, wear a face mask outside the home, social distance whenever possible, and wash your hands.”