PATERSON, NJ - Testing opportunities to screen for COVID-19 continue to expand for Paterson residents

On Thursday, Mayor Andre Sayegh was at Barnert Medical Arts Complex to announce that starting Monday the city’s “diagnostic capacity” will expand when a drive-through testing site opens in the parking lot adjacent to the former Barnert Hospital. The announcement comes just two days after city officials announced a partnership with the Paterson Housing Authority to open testing sites for local senior citizens. 

According to Dr. Richard Afanonja of FastMed Urgent Care who will be overseeing the testing, they will be prepared to serve up to 250 residents per day, between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., seven days a week. Those being tested will require a prescription which can be obtained via telemedicine by visiting

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“We have been talking about scaling up testing,” Sayegh said, offering a reminder that when testing increases so will the number of positive cases, something that is not a cause for panic.

On Saturday the Paterson City Council held an emergency meeting focused on bringing testing locations to Paterson, an initiative Sayegh said his Administration has been working on for a month, including during his time “in the basement” while he was himself in self-isolation following his own positive test for coronavirus.

Earlier this month St. Joseph’s Health announced that they would expand their services to contend with the growing Coronavirus pandemic and projected surge of patients in Northern New Jersey by opening 110 acute care beds at the former Barnert Hospital.

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