HOBOKEN, NJ — Hoboken will launch a COVID-19 antibody testing pilot on Friday for first responders and frontline workers, through a partnership with Prompt MD and Power Analytics. The rapid, 10-minute antibody test will be available at 601 Jackson Street to pre-registered first responders from 9 am – 4 pm on Friday. Then starting next week, the test will formally open to the Hoboken public. Appointments required for testing.
“I’m extremely pleased for Hoboken to launch the antibody testing site tomorrow for first responders, in partnership with Prompt MD and Power Analytics,” said Mayor Ravi Bhalla. “While a positive test may not indicate full immunity, those that take the test will have the peace of mind whether or not they had COVID-19. I’m proud that Hoboken will soon become one of the few cities in the region to offer both COVID-19 tests and antibody tests for residents.”
Advanced testing is essential to New Jersey's plans for reopening, according to Governor Phil Murphy.
"I am very happy to partner with the city of Hoboken and Power Analytics to provide the first real-time point of care COVID-19 Antibody testing platform for the community," said Dr. Javed Islam, owner of PromptMD. “The ability to provide test results within 15 minutes with quantitative analysis to a patient at point of care will allow for better communication and compliance of the social distances guidelines established by CDC.”
Jersey City was among the first to launch an antibody testing program in the state.
"As a resident of Hoboken, I am honored to be working with Mayor Bhalla, the city of Hoboken, PromptMD, and Immunostics, Inc to launch the first rapid COVID-19 Antibody Testing and Real-time secure data analysis platform to help protect our community,” said Keith Barksdale Chairman of Power Analytics Global Corporation.
Antibody tests indicate whether or not an individual previously had COVID-19 and the levels of IgG and IgM antibodies in their system. Even if an antibody test was positive, the individual should not assume he or she has full immunity in the future to COVID-19, and continue to take precautions including social distancing.
"We are honored to partner with the City of Hoboken, to offer the City's hard-working men and women COVID-19 antibody testing," said Adam Choe, President and CEO of Immunostics, Inc. "This partnership highlights the City's innovative leadership by being one of the first US cities to offer a city-wide COVID-19 antibody testing to all residents of Hoboken, NJ."
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