Hoboken COVID-19 Update

Advisory: Update from Mayor Bhalla on COVID-19 (1/30)

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

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

January 26: 32
January 27: 32
January 28: 15
January 29: 23

Since the beginning of the pandemic, there have been 2,706 known, confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Hoboken. We will provide an updated recovery number next week. Fatalities remain unchanged at 39. Hoboken University Medical Center currently reports treating 18 patients with COVID-19, which includes one Hoboken resident.

Contact tracing of recent infections has indicated similar trends as before, which include indoor gatherings with family and friends, cases stemming from household contacts, travel outside of New Jersey, exposure in work settings, and situations where the source of the exposure was unknown.

Update on vaccines

We continue to make as much progress as possible in vaccinating our population of elderly residents, and those with chronic medical conditions. The challenge remains the same – the very high demand for the vaccine versus our continued limited supply. I understand that while we are making as much progress as we can as a City, there are still many residents in the 1B category who haven’t yet gotten scheduled that have signed-up on our pre-registration lists.

With the lack of certainty of our supply going forward, it remains difficult to sign-up those on the list for an appointment far in advance and the potential for confusion and frustration that would result from rescheduled appointments. I’m hopeful that we’ll get a greater supply from the State in the near future.

The Hoboken Health Department has been allocated 1,300 vaccines in total, which includes the most recent batch of 300 we received this past week. We’ve administered all 1,300 of the vaccines we’ve been given, and anticipate receiving more vaccines this week. In partnership with staff from Hoboken University Medical Center (HUMC), on average we’ve been recently administering 75% of the vaccines we’ve been provided within a 72 hour span. We have the infrastructure set up to quickly and efficiently administer vaccines we are provided from the State.

In anticipation of what we hope is a greater supply of vaccines in the coming weeks, the Health Department, Office of Emergency Management and HUMC have constructed an observation tent on Third Street adjacent to the hospital, where residents will be able to wait for 15 minutes after receiving the vaccine. We plan to use the additional room inside at HUMC previously used for observation to increase vaccination stations, so we can increase our daily vaccinations when necessary.

Reminder of sign-up options for 1B residents

As a reminder, if you are a resident 65 years of age or older, or have a chronic medical condition as defined by the State of New Jersey and CDC in the 1B phase, you can sign-up for the vaccine through our two-pre registration lists.

Seniors 65 years of age or older: Sign-up at http://www.hobokennj.gov/seniors

Chronic medical conditions: Sign-up at http://www.hobokennj.gov/highrisk (link includes definition and criteria for high-risk).

Sign-up for vaccine pre-registration with the State of New Jersey: https://covidvaccine.nj.gov/

View New Jersey’s state-wide vaccination options: https://covid19.nj.gov/pages/covid-19-vaccine-locations-for-eligible-recipients

Sign-up for vaccine pre-registration with Hudson County: https://www.hudsoncovidvax.org/

Updated hours at Community Emergency Response Team hotline

The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) is now available for those who need assistance filling out the two forms on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 9 am until 12 pm at 201-420-5621. Residents can leave messages on Wednesdays (and outside of those hours) with their name, address, phone number and email (if they have one) which will be recorded remotely by CERT for a vaccine sign-up. I thank the CERT members for continuing to provide this service for our City.

Please secure a second appointment if getting the vaccine outside of Hoboken

Our Hoboken Health Department is promptly scheduling those getting the vaccine for second dose appointments. However, we have heard reports of those traveling to other regions unable to secure a second appointment, in certain situations. No matter where you are getting your first-dose vaccine, please make sure that you are inquiring at the vaccine site, before leaving, as to the status of your second appointment so you are not left scrambling when you get back home.

COVID-19 testing continues, final February schedule

To provide continuity for a COVID-19 testing infrastructure that has worked well this month, we are continuing the same schedule with our medical partners for the month of February for both residents and business employees. For residents and business employees who want to plan in advance, appointments are available for the entire month of February for both ivee and Medicine Man. Ivee and Medicine Man are available to test both Hoboken business employees and Hoboken residents, while Riverside and Prompt MD are allocated for Hoboken residents only. The New Jersey Department of Health will also conduct COVID-19 testing on two Fridays in February for any resident of Hudson County. As always, all appointments and links below are available and regularly updated at http://www.hobokennj.gov/testing.

ivee

Date: Every Wednesday
Time: 8 am – 3:30 pm
Location: Multi-Service Center (124 Grand Street, 2nd floor gymnasium)
Type of testing: PCR
Who: Hoboken residents, Hoboken business employees
Link for appointments: http://www.hobokennj.gov/ivee or below

Wednesday, February 3: https://calendly.com/iveecovid/ivee-x-hoboken-covid-19-testing-02-03
Wednesday, February 10: https://calendly.com/iveecovid/ivee-x-hoboken-covid-19-testing-02-10
Wednesday, February 17: https://calendly.com/iveecovid/ivee-x-hoboken-covid-19-testing-02-17
Wednesday, February 24: https://calendly.com/iveecovid/ivee-x-hoboken-covid-19-testing-02-24

Riverside Medical Group

Dates: Mondays – Saturdays
Time: 8 am – 3 pm
Location: 351 16th Street (Bijou Properties location)
Type of testing: Rapid (Abbott ID Now), and PCR
Who: Hoboken residents only
Link for appointments: Click here or visit http://www.hobokennj.gov/riverside

(appointments typically released online for the following week on Wednesdays)
Note: Riverside Medical Group patients should call their Riverside primary care office to schedule a COVID-19 test and should not use the online sign-up form.

** If you are getting an error message on the Riverside link to schedule an appointment, please first clear your browsing data (history, cashed items) and try again, as a new form is now being utilized by Riverside **

Prompt MD

Dates: Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays (closed on President’s Day, February 15)
Time: 8 am – 3 pm
Location: 605 Jackson Street
Type of testing: PCR
Who: Hoboken residents
Link for appointmentshttp://www.hobokennj.gov/promptmd

Medicine Man Pharmacy

Date: Wednesdays and Saturdays
Time: 2 – 7 pm (Wednesdays), 9 am – 1 pm (Saturdays)
Location: 605 Jackson Street (updated location)
Type of testing: PCR
Who: Hoboken residents, Hoboken business employees
Link for appointmentshttp://www.hobokennj.gov/medicineman

New Jersey Department of Health

Date: Friday (February 5), Friday (February 19)
Time: 1 pm – 7 pm
Location: 221 Jackson Street (Hoboken Housing Authority, community room)
Who: Hoboken and Hudson County residents, Hoboken business employees
Type of testing: Saliva based

No appointment needed, testing provided on a first-come, first-serve basis

Hoboken Family Pharmacy door-to-door rapid COVID-19 testing

Additionally, Hoboken Family Pharmacy is now offering door-to-door rapid antigen COVID-19 testing at residences or businesses. This service costs $149 per test regardless of insurance, and is not covered by Hoboken. To sign-up for this service, visit Hoboken Family Pharmacy’s website at www.hfprx.com.

St. Matthew Trinity Lunchtime Ministry

If any resident is in need of a home-cooked meal, cup of coffee, or more for any reason, St. Matthew Trinity Lunchtime Ministry is another organization available to help in Hoboken. The Lunchtime Ministry is a soup kitchen/drop-in center on the corner of 8th and Hudson Streets in Hoboken, in the parish hall of St. Matthew Trinity Lutheran Church (underneath the church and through the red door). They provide breakfast, lunch, coffee, toiletries, and social-service referrals to over 65 people every Monday to Thursday from 8:00 AM to noon. For any questions, please email volunteers@stmatthewtrinity.org or call (201) 659-4499.

Thank you Hoboken, please stay safe and continue to take the necessary precautions to stay safe this weekend.

Sincerely,

Ravi S. Bhalla
Mayor

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