New walk-in COVID-19 testing site available

Residents can get tested for free at the Bayonne Community Museum

The Bayonne Community Museum is at 229 Broadway.
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The Bayonne Community Museum is at 229 Broadway.

Assemblyman Nicholas A. Chiaravalloti and the City of Bayonne have announced the arrival of a new COVID-19 testing site for the upcoming winter holiday season. Chiaravalloti represents the 31st Legislative District, encompassing Bayonne and parts of Jersey City.

The site, in the Bayonne Community Museum at 229 Broadway, will offer tests before, during, and after the holidays.

Expanding testing

“As someone with older family members, I completely understand the desire to see them for the holidays, but also the worry that comes along with it,” Chiaravalloti said. “That’s why I’m happy to have secured this testing site and to give Bayonne residents the comfort of knowing that they’re not putting their loved ones at risk. Mayor Davis, the City Council, and our front line workers have done an amazing job keeping Bayonne safe, but the next few weeks are very important.”

“I appreciate Assemblyman Chiaravalloti’s efforts,” Mayor James Davis said. “The vaccine is on its way. However, during this holiday season, we need to make sure Bayonne residents continue to practice social distancing and wear masks. I hope the residents take advantage of this site, as well as the others we have set up in our community.”

The free testing is provided by Fusion Diagnostic Laboratories to all Bayonne residents, who will need an email address to register online and receive results.

Pre-register at https://fusion.labsvc.net/patientportal/. Masks required at the site.

This program is also supported by the Bayonne nonprofit Moving Forward Together. “Moving Forward Together’s mantra is: See a need, fill a need,” said Dr. Nancy Chiaravalloti. “Our goal is not to duplicate all the great work being done within the community, but to assist where needed.”

The testing site will be open on Dec. 19 from 1 to 6 p.m. On the following dates, the site will be open from 2:30 to 6:30 p.m.: Dec. 22, 23, 29, and 30; Jan. 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, and 20.

Other testing sites

Bayonne Medical Center (BMC) has reinstated its drive-thru testing program, but not at Veterans Stadium, which ceased operations in July.

Now patients with a prescription and an appointment can be tested inside their vehicles at the Emergency Room Driveway entrance at BMC. This testing takes place every day from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. by appointment only.

The RiteAid at 54th Street and Broadway offers free testing for all residents over 18 via drive-thru. Visit riteaid.com to register. Residents do not need to be symptomatic, nor do they need a prescription.

CityMD at 904 Bayonne Crossing Way offers COVID-19 tests for walk-ins only; call 551-497-5675 for more information.

Residents can get tested at Broadway Care Pharmacy at 516 Broadway, and Total Care Pharmacy at 596 Broadway. For more information, call 201-437-5100 for Broadway Care Pharmacy and 201-535-5080 for Total Care Pharmacy.

Testing is available by Dr. Ahab Gabriel at 449 Ave. C and Hudson DNA and Testing at 150 Pulaski St. Call 201-374-1103 for Dr. Ahab Gabriel and 201-994-6594 for Hudson DNA and Testing.

CityMD and BMC are conducting antibody testing. Residents should call 2-1-1 for a list of testing sites throughout the state.

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