JERSEY CITY, NJ - Jersey City has signed a contract with Bio Reference Labs to begin antibody testing for Jersey City residents, Mayor Steve Fulop announced. “We’ll start on Monday with 2100 tests per week,” he said.

“We’ll test our own front-line employees  the first part of next week then begin testing the public free of charge towards Wednesday or Thursday,” Fulop said.

Antibody tests look for signs in the blood that a person has been exposed to the novel coronavirus. Knowing who has been exposed, along with how many people have been, may help to better understand the spread of the virus, and also allow those who have had it, and therefore thought to be immune, to work more safely on the frontline.

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That knowledge is especially important as studies continue to show that significant percentages of all coronavirus carriers — in some studies, up to half — show no symptoms at all.

”This is part of our initiatives around broader testing for our residents so that we can get the city functioning again,” Fulop said.

Earlier this week, the city expanded COVID-19 testing for any resident who requests it, even residents not showing symptoms.

“We believe expanding our testing is important to getting our local economy back. We will also be putting our most vulnerable communities and front-line workers on regular testing rotations to both keep them safe and also to identify potential larger clusters earlier. Appointment are still necessary so please call the testing appointment line to move forward,” Fulop concluded.

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