PATERSON, NJ – Community testing for COVID-19 will be expanded in Paterson and Passaic County in the coming weeks under a partnership with St. Joseph’s Health and multiple other organizations and agencies, hospital officials announced Friday.

“Access to testing remains critical to continue battling the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Kevin J. Slavin, President & CEO of St. Joseph’s Health. “The launch of these testing sites is crucial to creating a ‘new normal’ in healthcare delivery as we work together to get in front of this virus.”

The partnership, which includes the Passaic County Health Department, the City of Paterson, the City of Passaic, Eva’s Village, and St. Mary’s General Hospital will launch at the St. Joseph’s DePaul Center, 11 Getty Avenue, on Monday, June 1, 2020. An additional testing site at Eva’s Village is expected to begin within the next two weeks.

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“Passaic County is committed to working closely with St. Joseph’s and the City of Paterson to test as many residents as possible to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in our communities,” said Charlene Gungil, DHSc, CPM, MPH, Passaic County Health Officer.”

The free testing at the DePaul Center will be available for anyone over 18 Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. Individuals tested will be notified of  their results with information about positive test results provided to the Paterson Department of Health for contact tracing. 

"Increasing testing will help us to beat COVID,” said Paterson Mayor Andre Sayegh. “I am elated to be able to join in St. Joseph’s announcement of scaling up testing. COVID testing results will give us the data we need to be able to progress in re-opening the city.” 

“COVID has changed many things at Eva’s Village, but what has not changed is our commitment to the people we serve and to the City of Paterson. We deeply value our partnership with St. Joseph’s Health, as well as with Mayor Andre Sayegh and his team, and we are happy for this opportunity to work together in order to expand testing for our community,” said Dan Renaldo, CEO of Eva’s Village. “The testing site at Eva’s will allow the individuals we serve every day, as well as many others in our neighborhood, to easily access testing for COVID-19 and get connected to the health services they may need.”

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