Mega COVID-19 testing center opens in local town

A new mega COVID-19 drive-thru testing center capable of handling up to 2,400 patients daily has opened locally.

Located adjacent to Red Bull Arena, Harrison, the testing site offers four lanes for drive-thru service so patients will not even have to leave their cars to be tested.  The site also offers antibody testing for those who have contracted the virus and want to determine if the protective antibodies are still viable.

The site is open to all people, regardless of where they live or whether they have health insurance.

The testing center is operated by medical professionals and lab personnel from Ridgewood Labs and Suretox Labs, both certified by the state and federal governments for COVID and antibody testing. The labs are currently processing more than 20,000 tests per day.

The PCR Nasal Swab test, found to be 99.99% effective by the federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA), will be utilized and results will be available within 36 hours. Antibody testing results will be available within 10 minutes of testing through a simple blood draw.

There will be separate lanes for Harrison and Hudson County residents, non-Hudson County residents, those with health insurance and those in need of antibody testing.

The site, at the intersection of Frank E. Rodgers Boulevard and Guyon Drive, is easily reached by Route 21, the NJ Turnpike and the Harrison PATH station, and will be open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Rapid-response COVID-19 testing will not be offered due to concerns about false positive and negative results commonly found in this type of testing.

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