Newark’s University Hospital announced that, as part of its ongoing Care Around the Clock program, it will now offer COVID-19 testing to any New Jersey resident who wants to be tested, including those who are not demonstrating typical COVID-19 symptoms.
Access to COVID-19 testing is necessary to enable our communities to begin to reopen. For instance, the New Jersey Department of Health specifically recommends that asymptomatic individuals be tested if they have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 or if they are an essential worker. Anyone interested in a COVID-19 test can now make an appointment at University Hospital for this service.
“Working with our partners in the health care community, we have made strenuous efforts to reduce the number of COVID-19 cases and to test residents to help prevent the virus from spreading,” Mayor Baraka said. “University Hospital’s testing program will strengthen these efforts, and enable Newark to reopen and begin to recover from this pandemic. I commend UH for again demonstrating its professionalism, compassion, and commitment to our city in a time of crisis.”
“The City of Newark has gone through trying times during the COVID-19 crisis, but University Hospital has stood united with the City throughout,” said Shereef Elnahal, president & CEO of University Hospital. “Offering testing to asymptomatic individuals is part of a series of next steps that the city is shepherding in helping the residents of Newark progress towards a new normal. I thank the Mayor for his incredible leadership throughout.”
The announcement is the latest step in University Hospital’s Care Around the Clock program. As part of the implementation of Care Around the Clock, new procedures at the hospital exist to protect patients and the public, and to encourage the public’s return for acute medical needs, elective procedures, and routine care at the hospital’s various care centers.
Individuals will not be required to pay for these services out of pocket. Rather, University Hospital will direct claims for payment to patients’ insurance or existing governmental sources for payment of uninsured COVID-19 claims.
Testing will be offered in the Ambulatory Care Center, located at 140 Bergen Street in Newark. An appointment is necessary. Individuals wishing to be tested can call to make an appointment at (973) 972-9000.
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