JERSEY CITY, NJ - Mayor Steven M. Fulop announced increased efforts to offer COVID-19 testing by broadening efforts with expanded and targeting testing opportunities to all Jersey City residents. According to a statement mobile testing will be brought directly to some of most vulnerable residents in senior living housing and public housing sites for more convenient access and to minimize mass transit use amid the pandemic.
Additionally, in another step to moving Jersey City in the direction of enabling residents and businesses to start the recovery process, officials anticipate soon offering antibody testing, a key identifier that health experts say will enable frontline workers including those in hospitals, first responders, city employees, and residents return to work, to their families, or to take care of loved ones in need.
“Absent a vaccine or treatment, testing is currently one of the few proven effective ways to slow and track the spread of this virus, which is why we’ve taken the initiative to be aggressive in our approach to protect our residents,” said Mayor Fulop. “We’re at a point where seven weeks into this we have a better understanding and our residents can use their test results responsibly to slow the pace and reduce risks not only for their immediate friends and family, but also for the community overall.”
Over the past month Jersey City has administered over 8,000 tests through their program.
“As one of the most densely populated areas in the region, our efforts to make free testing available has proven effective,” said Stacey Flanagan, Director of Health and Human Services. “Now we want to extend testing to as many people as possible, and adding antibody testing will really bolster the expansive health and safety efforts we’ve put in place since day one.”
Appointment-based testing will open to all Jersey City residents beginning next week. Anyone requesting a test can call the COVID-19 Testing Call Center at 201-547-5535 seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Testing will continue Monday through Friday at the drive-through site located in the southwest portion of the city at 575 NJ-440.
In an effort to expand access to some of our most vulnerable residents, the walk-up testing site will operate on the rotating schedule below:
Mondays & Wednesdays – Outside Public Safety Headquarters located at 465 Marin Boulevard
Tuesdays – Mobile testing at various Jersey City Housing Authority locations
Thursdays – Mobile testing at various senior living facilities
Fridays – Mary McLeod Bethune Community Center located at 140 MLK Drive
“Expanding testing is crucial as we work towards moving our city forward to allow people and the economy to start recovering,” concluded Fulop.
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