Today, the City of Hoboken and Riverside Medical Group reached a milestone of providing over 10,000 COVID-19 tests to Hoboken residents at the Riverside testing site under the 14th Street Viaduct. Riverside Medical Group has been the primary testing provider for Hoboken residents since the beginning of the pandemic, utilizing rapid tests that provide results within 15 minutes.
“I’m very appreciative to Dr. Brahmbhatt and the entire Riverside Medical team for providing over 10,000 COVID-19 tests for Hoboken residents,” said Mayor Ravi S. Bhalla. “Thanks to our partnership with Riverside, Hoboken residents have had access to a reliable source of testing that has helped keep our community as safe as possible. Thank you also to our Community Emergency Response Team for facilitating testing appointments for residents since the very first day of the pandemic, as well as the Hoboken Health Department for working with Riverside on extensive contact tracing.”
“Riverside Medical Group is committed to serving Hoboken and its surrounding townships during this unprecedented health crisis,” said Dr. Raj Brahmbhatt, Chief Medical Officer at Riverside Medical Group. “Our collaboration with Mayor Bhalla and his take-charge approach to this pandemic aligns with Riverside’s views on how best to protect our communities. We will continue to offer rapid testing for as long as there is a need.”
Riverside Medical Group and the City of Hoboken partnered to provide one of thefirst public COVID-19 testing sites in Hudson County in early April. In mid-April, Riverside became one of the first testing sites in the tri-state area toutilize rapid, 15-minute tests, and also became one of the first to begintesting asymptomatic patients.
Positive COVID-19 cases identified through Riverside’s testing site are reported to the Hoboken Health Department, which facilitates immediate contact tracing from Hoboken’s health officers. The Hoboken Health Department has conducted over 10,000 contact tracing calls since the beginning of the pandemic.
Hoboken residents and employees of Hoboken businesses are eligible to receive a COVID-19 test through Riverside Medical’s testing site under the 14th Street Viaduct. Those looking to schedule a COVID-19 test should call the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) hotline in City Hall, Monday through Friday from 9 am until 1 pm, at 201-420-5621.
The City of Hoboken will pay for the cost of any resident or Hoboken business employee without health insurance at Riverside’s testing site.