The walk-in COVID-19 testing site at the Bayonne Community Museum has closed as residents seek COVID-19 vaccinations over tests, according to Assemblyman Nicholas Chiaravalloti.
Chiaravalloti, who represents the 31st Legislative District which includes Bayonne, announced the establishment of the site in conjunction with the City of Bayonne in December, ahead of the winter holiday season.
The site, at 229 Broadway, offered tests before, during, and after the holidays, and service was expanded in late January.
“As eligible Bayonne residents are beginning to get vaccinated and as the holiday season has come to a close, there has been a dramatic decrease in foot traffic at our testing site at the Bayonne Community Museum,” Chiaravalloti said.
“After careful discussion with members of the Bayonne Health Department and with Fusion Diagnostic Labs, we have made the decision to shut down the testing site one week early. Our final day was Wednesday, February 17.”
He continued: “I chose to open a walk-in site during the holiday season when many people were having great difficulty getting a COVID-19 test. It was also a priority for me to work with a lab that does not require insurance. In total, our site tested over 1,000 Bayonne residents. Testing remains important, and if a need develops we will restart the site.”
The free testing was provided by Fusion Diagnostic Laboratories and supported by the Bayonne nonprofit Moving Forward Together.
“Putting together a testing site was no small feat, and it could not have happened without the cooperation of the City of Bayonne, the Bayonne Police Department and Fusion Diagnostics, specifically the lab technicians who administered the tests,” Chiaravalloti said. “I would like to thank all of the Bayonne residents who got tested each and every week.”
Where you can get a test
A drive-up testing site is now open in the parking lot behind Don Ahern Veterans Stadium at West 25th St., on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1 to 7 p.m. and Saturdays 9 a.m.to 2 p.m. Walk-up testing will be available. To schedule a test, visit Immediate Care at immcare.com.
The RiteAid at 54th St. and Broadway offers free testing for 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 from Dr. Ahab Gabriel at 449 Ave. C, and Hudson DNA and Testing at 150 Pulaski St. Call 201-374-1103 for Dr. Gabriel and 201-994-6594 for Hudson DNA and Testing.
Call 551-214-3500 for an appointment at RWJBarnabas Health at 519 Broadway.
CityMD and Bayonne Medical Center are conducting antibody testing. Residents should call 2-1-1 for a list of testing sites throughout the state.
The Bayonne Health Department is immediately notified of positive results and contacts individuals to begin contact tracing. The BHD advises residents who have recently taken a COVID-19 test to be sure to answer their phones for contact tracers and staff.
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