BERGEN COUNTY, NJ – Thinking of getting tested for COVID-19 antibodies? Bergen New Bridge Medical Center and the county have teamed-up to provide testing with tomorrow as the last scheduled day.
The community mobile testing program's last announced date is tomorrow, May 22, the beginning of the Memorial Holiday weekend. In three and a half days of community mobile testing, more than 2,000 residents were tested in Englewood, Hackensack, Fairview, and Garfield, according to Deborah Visconi, President and Chief Executive Officer of Bergen New Bridge Medical Center.
Visconi said her hospital, on the forefront of COVID-19, has been "nimble" dealing with the pandemic.
"We're always looking for ways to serve the community," she said. "We have access to the latest tools and technology. I set the direction and jump in with the team to make it happen."
Visconi said the novel COVID virus has changed the "way [they] work."
"We're learning as we go along with this virus," she said. "When needed, we pivot and change the plan, we're on top of things."
Visconi said she and her staff have worked around the clock.
"It's been emotional. We're dealing on the front lines. It's affecting our staff, who get sick, as well. It's such an invisible enemy, but it's very visible to us," she said.
Visconi said Bergen New Bridge Medical Center will continue to change and work with the community, as the needs change, and more information about the virus is known.
Going forward, Visconi said testing is the key, but continuing social distancing, even as the state opens, is important.
"The same common sense habits to combat the virus remain: social distance, and I know that's overused, but it's true; and wash your hands, soap and water kills it."
Visconi said face coverings remain as a way to be respectful of others, preventing the mask-wearer from spreading if they have the virus and do not know it.
Bergen New Bridge Medical Center Mobile testing sites offer the COVID-19 saliva and COVID-19 antibody tests. The COVID-19 saliva test is available to symptomatic and asymptomatic county residents, as well as first responders, healthcare workers, and municipal or county employees who work in Bergen County with proof of employment.
Due to demand, antibody testing will be limited to 100 per day and only be available for Bergen County first responders, healthcare workers, and Bergen County residents who previously tested positive for COVID-19 with documentation of prior test results. All mobile site patients will be limited to a choice of either the saliva or antibody test.
First responders are eligible to receive priority testing from 9-10am and the site will be open to the general public from 10am to 3:30pm. Mobile testing is available on a first come, first serve basis and is free of charge to the patient, regardless of health insurance status.
For the COVID-19 saliva test, do not eat, drink, smoke, or chew gum 30 minutes prior to arrival. Identification is necessary so please bring your driver’s license/ID card, social security card, passport, or birth certificate. Proof of Bergen County residency or that you work in Bergen County is required so please bring your driver’s license, utility bill, pay stub, or work ID. If you have an insurance card, also have that with you.
Mobile Testing Site Location (weather permitting):
Friday, May 22
Brook Street Municipal Lot, 100 Brook Street, Dumont, NJ
For updates please visit www.co.bergen.nj.us.
The County, along with Bergen New Bridge Medical Center, operated testing sites which are separate from the FEMA site located at Bergen Community College.