Hoboken COVID-19 Update

Hoboken Mayor Ravi Bhalla updated residents on Thursday night about the city’s latest COVID-19 statistics, testing information and an upcoming blood drive:

 

Advisory: Update from Mayor Bhalla on COVID-19 (11/12)

 

Below is an update from Mayor Ravi S. Bhalla on COVID-19:

The Hoboken Health Department has reported the following, new COVID-19 cases:

November 10: 7
November 11: 7
November 12: 6

Since the beginning of the pandemic, there have been 1147 known, confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Hoboken. 1001 residents have made a full recovery from COVID-19 according to the Hoboken Health Department, with that number expected to be updated in the coming days. Fatalities thankfully have remained unchanged at 31. The Hoboken University Medical Center is currently treating 15 patients with COVID-19, which includes two Hoboken residents.

Today, Governor Murphy reported an additional 18 COVID-19 related deaths, for a total of 14,694 since the beginning of the pandemic. 3,571 new positive cases were reported today, the fourth time in six days that at least 3,000 cases were reported. Over 1,800 residents with COVID-19 are currently hospitalized, the highest amount since June 4, while 360 patients are in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU). 117 ventilators are currently in use, the highest number since July 7. The positivity rate from tests (conducted on November 8) has risen to 12%.

Update from the Hoboken Health Department

The Hoboken Health Department has indicated many of the new positive cases have been linked to the following situations:

  • Indoor gatherings, both large and small, between family and friends
  • Social gatherings from Halloween weekend
  • Children’s recreation activity
  • Outdoor social gatherings with relaxed social distancing
  • Travel out of state related to work

The Hoboken Health Department reminds residents to get tested at least 5-7 days after a potential exposure or high-risk incident, to avoid inaccurate results. If you have symptoms of COVID-19, you do not need to wait the 5-7 days.

Planning ahead for Thanksgiving

As cases surge in New Jersey and throughout the country, I ask all residents to please consider the health implications of gathering together in person with extended family members on Thanksgiving this year. I know it is difficult to stay away from family and friends outside your nuclear household, but the health risks are substantial with infection rates rising, and gatherings indoors making up the largest increase of our COVID-19 cases. I strongly urge residents to avoid Thanksgiving gatherings beyond immediate household members, any travel out-of-state, and consider alternatives such as virtual gatherings.

While we are not recommending in-person gatherings beyond the household on Thanksgiving, if it is unavoidable, please consider the following health recommendations:

  • Quarantine for a full 10 days before seeing others, and get tested prior to gathering
  • Require all other participants to quarantine and get tested prior to gathering
  • Remain outdoors and socially distanced at all practical times
  • Wear a face mask indoors and outdoors when social distancing is not possible
  • Keep any gathering to a small amount of people

Testing continuing with Riverside Medical and Prompt MD

Thanks to our partnership with Riverside Medical Group and Prompt MD, we are continuing to offer COVID-19 testing for both Hoboken residents and business employees.

If you are a Hoboken resident or Hoboken business employee, Prompt MD is offering PCR tests this upcoming Monday and Thursday at 605 Jackson Street. Additional testing will be added on Fridays going forward as well, beginning November 20. You can sign up for an appointment for Monday the 16th and Thursday the 19th at http://www.hobokennj.gov/promptmd, with appointments for Friday the 20th available in the coming days.

If you have not received your test result within 72 hours, you can call Star Labs at 732-529-5100 (please do not call before). If you have been unable to reach Star Labs by phone after 72 hours has passed, please then email testing@hobokennj.gov and our Health Department will follow up with the lab.

If you are a Hoboken resident, Riverside Medical Group continues to offer rapid, 15-minute tests Monday through Saturday under the 14th Street Viaduct. You can sign up now at http://www.hobokennj.gov/riverside. If you are a Riverside Medical Group patient, please do not use the online sign-up portal, and instead call your primary Riverside primary care office.

We are seeing higher than normal cancellations and residents not showing up for testing. If you need to cancel, please be sure to do so at minimum 24 hours ahead of time, so someone else can take your slot, especially given the high demand for testing. Please also do not book more than one test per two weeks, unless you are exhibiting symptoms.

To cancel or reschedule a test with Prompt MD, please click the Solv text message or email that was sent to you at the time of signing-up for testing. To cancel a test with Riverside Medical, please send an email to the Hoboken Health Department at LMedeiros@HobokenNJ.gov.

Many thanks again to Dr. Brahmbhatt, Dr. Islam and their staff members for continuing to go above and beyond to help keep our residents safe.

Additional COVID-19 testing with Medicine Man Pharmacy

COVID-19 PCR tests are currently available through Medicine Man Pharmacy located at 511 Washington Street, Monday through Friday. Appointments are currently available on a first-come, first-serve basis, and can be booked online at https://www.medbarhealth.com/mmpc.

Upcoming Blood Drive this Monday

The next City-sponsored blood drive will take place Monday, November 16th at the Multi Service Center (124 Grand Street) from 12 pm – 6 pm with Vitalant New Jersey. You must have an appointment to donate, and please be sure to wear a mask. Those who are symptomatic or who have been exposed to a confirmed case of COVID within the last 14 days will not be eligible to donate. To sign up for an appointment, please go to:

https://donor.cbsblood.org/donor/schedules/drive_schedule/52685

Wearing a mask helps protect you

This week, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention came out with updated guidance that wearing a face mask not only protects those around you – it provides a level of protection to youas well. It’s all the more reason to wear a face mask when outside the home at all practical times, and one of the most important tools we have at our disposal in the absence of a vaccine.

State-wide restrictions on bars and restaurants in effect starting tonight

As indicated in a previous alert, the new regulations instituted by Governor Phil Murphy on indoor dining go into effect today. Between the hours of 10:00 pm and 5:00 am, indoor dining is prohibited at all bars and restaurants. Outdoor dining is permitted in Hoboken until 11:00 pm Sunday through Wednesday, and until 12:00 am Thursday through Saturday.

New options for municipalities provided by Governor Murphy

In recent months, the City of Hoboken has been guided by the steps from Governor Murphy, with most of the State of New Jersey’s rules and regulations superseding City law, during a state of emergency. Governor Murphy today provided municipalities the authority to close non-essential businesses any time after 8:00 pm. At the current time, we will continue to abide by the State’s regulations of a 10:00 pm closing time for bars and restaurants, and will allow all non-essential businesses to continue to operate at their current hours of operation.

Congratulations to The Hive

Even though we’re in the midst of a pandemic, we continue to see our residents and business overcome substantial challenges and make the most of a difficult situation. I congratulate Catherine and Kristin, owners of “The Hive” for opening up a new family-friendly coffee shop at the corner of 10th and Park Streets that has great coffee, tasty treats, gluten free goods, and a play space for children. Our businesses face challenging times in the months ahead, and I encourage all of our residents to shop local this holiday season and patronize locally owned establishments like The Hive.

Thank you to residents

Finally, I want to extend my sincere thanks to the many residents who have continued to act responsibly and have done the right thing the past eight months. It hasn’t been easy, but I know the many precautions we’ve taken, especially in our spring and summer months after the height of the pandemic, have most certainly saved lives. I know we all have a level of COVID fatigue, but by continuing to use that same cautious mindset we had in the summer, we’ll keep our community and most vulnerable populations as safe and healthy as possible.

Sincerely,

Ravi S. Bhalla
Mayor

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