BERGEN COUNTY — Three months after Bergen County and Bergen New Bridge Medical Center launched a testing initiative that brought saliva and antibody tests to more than 40 locations throughout the county via a mobile testing program, nearly 35,000 tests were administered, according to county officials.
Of those tests, 25,311 were diagnostic and 9,123 were antibody. Staff and volunteers clocked in a combined total of roughly 22,500 hours to stop the spread of the potentially deadly widespread virus.
“The mobile testing program received a tremendous and positive response from the public. This shows the dedication of Bergen County residents to do their part to fight this pandemic by being tested. Our success is a direct result of public participation and the tireless effort and dedication of every one of our mobile site team members,” said Bergen County Executive James J. Tedesco, lll. “This testing played a pivotal role in reopening our county and our state in a safe and sustainable manner. We will continue our community outreach by being a mobile source for testing at long term care facilities, schools, and businesses.”
During the 34 days of drive-thru testing at Bergen New Bridge Medical Center, the county reported that 4,023 people were tested for Covid-19 and a total of 34,434 took advantage of the mobile testing sites offered throughout the county.
“We recognized early on during this pandemic the importance and need for robust testing and invested in making nasal, antibody, and saliva testing available at the Medical Center,” said Deborah Visconi, President and CEO of Bergen New Bridge Medical Center. “If we had any chance at mitigating and eventually containing COVID-19, it was going to be directly related to accessible testing. I am proud of our County Executive’s commitment to the residents of our county and that we were able to work hand in glove with the County of Bergen to establish a drive up testing center on our campus and mobile community testing to better serve the needs of our diverse communities.”
The mobile testing program ceased during the summer and will resume in September.
For more information regarding COVID-19 testing at Bergen New Bridge Medical Center, visit newbridgehealth.org.