HOBOKEN, NJ - Hoboken has announced that it will be opening COVID-19 testing to all residents, thanks to an influx of new testing materials.

“I’m pleased to share that we will now be able to acquire enough COVID-19 testing kits to open up the existing Riverside Medical Center testing center to all Hoboken residents eligible for testing,” said Mayor Ravi Bhalla, in a statement Wednesday. “While testing centers are open in Hudson County and across the State, with the expected surge in cases, it’s important for Hoboken residents with COVID-19 symptoms to have more convenient access to testing right here in Hoboken. We’ll be sharing additional information on this breaking development soon.”

Sources tell hMAG that logistics are currently being ironed out, but information on Hoboken’s public testing will be available within the next day or so.

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Previously, testing for Coronavirus was only available for patients of Riverside Medical Group with up-to-date physicals. Given the rate and volume of the virus’ spread in our region, the new testing materials will allow for a wider scope of testing.

hMAG has been told that individuals seeking testing must have symptoms of the COVID-19 infection (sore throat, cough, shortness of breath, fever, fatigue). Patients must also call to arrange for testing—walk-ins will not be permitted.

We will update this article with the number and any other pertinent information as soon as it becomes available.

Meanwhile, Bhalla continues to stress the need for self-isolation as a way to mitigate the spread and alleviate the strain on existing medical resources.

“With the weather getting nicer, I continue to urge all residents to remain indoors as much as possible. I know that for many of us, our first impulse is to head outdoors during warm weather. I can assure everyone that the nice weather will still be there on the other side of COVID-19,” said Bhalla. “Additionally, one concerning aspect of COVID-19 is people that have the virus may not be showing symptoms for the first several days. You, or someone you may interact with on the street may not look sick, but the virus can be transmitted without anyone knowing it. Sacrificing our outdoor time now will help us save lives in the long run.”

There are currently over 1,800 reported cases of COVID-19 infection in Hudson County, with three dozen fatalities.

Shared with permission of hMAG

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