PARAMUS, N.J. — A second drive-thru test site for COVID-19, the novel coronavirus, will open tomorrow morning at 8 a.m. for all symptomatic first-responders and health care workers at Bergen New Bridge Medical Center, 230 East Ridgewood Avenue in Paramus.
The test site, in partnership with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), is the second in Bergen County to open on the heels of Bergen Community College’s successful launch last Friday, which re-opened the following Monday after reaching capacity.
“Our first-responders and health care professionals are on the front lines of this war with COVID-19,” said Bergen County Executive James Tedesco. “It is important that those on the front lines who are symptomatic and who are Bergen County residents or who work in the County get tested as quickly as possible so we can help them recover.”
First-responders and health care professionals who live or work in Bergen County must provide valid credentials, fill out a brief survey and pay a visit with a Telehealth doctor, county officials said. A confirmation code will be presented to all participants at the testing site.
Earlier this month, a corrections officer at the Bergen County Jail in Hackensack tested positive for COVID-19 and has since been self-quarantining until recovered.
Tedesco, who is currently working remotely, was advised to self-quarantine as a safety precaution after holding a press conference with an infected attendee. To further stop the spread of the potentially deadly virus that has claimed 25 lives in Bergen County and presented in 1,505 county residents — a figure that is growing rapidly by the week — Tedesco announced the indefinite closure of all county parks beginning tomorrow, March 28, at 8 a.m.
Tedesco cited the “tremendous burden” their opening has placed on local law enforcement and other “critical resources” in the midst of the pandemic, from traffic congestion and non-compliance with social distancing guidelines.
For information on the Bergen New Bridge Medical Center, go to newbridgehealth.org/telehealth-covid-19/