HOBOKEN, NJ — The City of Hoboken will open an antibody testing site to Hoboken residents starting next Wednesday, May 20. Through a partnership with Prompt MD and Power Analytics, residents will have access to rapid antibody tests that provide results within 10 minutes. The testing site, located at the gymnasium at 601 Jackson Street, will be open from 9-5 p.m.
One of the first rapid antibody testing sites in the State of New Jersey, Hoboken's site will have the capacity to test over 750 Hoboken residents per day, on specified days (appointment required—see below). Testing began last week with first responders.
“The pilot launch last week was a success, with over 250 people tested for antibodies and receiving rapid results," said Mayor Ravi Bhalla. "Not only does this test offered at our Hoboken site let people know whether they have antibodies from a previous COVID-19 infection, but also whether they have antibodies built up from a current infection."
In addition to Wednesday, May 20, the site will also be open on Wednesday, May 27 and Friday, May 29—with additional dates to be provided for June.
“Providing antibody testing for everyone who needs it will help give Hoboken the tools it needs to keep everyone safe,” said Council President Jen Giattino. “I am pleased to support this increase in testing and extend my thanks to Dr. Islam and Power Analytics for providing this service to our residents.”
Residents must register online at http://www.hobokennj.gov/antibody in order to receive a test and will be sent an appointment time. Walk-ins will not be permitted. The City of Hoboken will pay for the cost of a test for any Hoboken resident who does not have health insurance.
"Everyone should have access to high level quality healthcare," said Dr. Javed Islam from Prompt MD. "Our partnership with the City of Hoboken, Mayor Bhalla, and Power Analytics will set a new standard of care in the State of New Jersey to patients impacted by Covid-19 pandemic."
The Boditech AFIAS Rapid COVID-19 Antibody Test has been presented to the FDA for approval, utilizing blood from a finger prick, as opposed to drawing blood.
"The COVID-19 pandemic is consuming significant medical supplies and resources whereas our innovative AFIAS platform only requires a fingerstick of a blood sample with results in 10 minutes, thus eliminating a need to use a swab and other related materials that are in short supply,” said Adam Choe, president and CEO, Immunostics, Inc. Boditech USA. “The AFIAS antibody test offers rapid results and is easy to operate by anyone, which enables it to be deployed wherever COVID-19 tests are required in Hoboken, NJ.”
Residents can also access the link to register for the COVID-19 test by visiting https://promptmd-covid-19-may-20.poweranalytics.com/pre-register.
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