Hoboken COVID Uptick, Summer Streets This Weekend on Sinatra Drive

Update on Hoboken COVID-19 and uptick in cases (7/16); Summer Streets to take place on Sinatra Drive this weekend

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

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

July 6: 0
July 7: 1
July 8: 1
July 9: 9 (7 of these cases are backlogged from previous months)
July 10: 2
July 11: 2
July 12: 2
July 13: 0
July 14: 6
July 15: 3

Since the start of the pandemic, there have been a total of 5,080 known, confirmed cases, with fatalities remaining unchanged at 52. Carepoint currently reports treating no patients or Hoboken residents with COVID-19.

Information about recent cases

According to the data of 33 total cases in July, 11 of the cases were those who were unvaccinated, 21 were breakthrough cases among the fully vaccinated, and one case was an individual who had only received a first dose.

In the instances of breakthrough cases in Hoboken, the COVID-19 vaccines have been 100% effective in preventing serious illness causing hospitalization. It’s clear proof that the vaccines are working as intended and saving lives. If you have not already gotten a vaccine, I ask that you please get vaccinated as soon as possible for the protection of your family, friends and community.

Summer Streets to take place on Sinatra Drive this weekend

As an update, Summer Streets will take place on Sinatra Drive between 4th Street and 11th Street this weekend on Saturday and Sunday, from 8 am until 4 pm (see attached map). Sinatra will be closed to traffic to allow for extra space for walking, biking, jogging, and other recreation activities. Summer Streets on Sinatra Drive will take the place of 5th Street this weekend. Local access to vehicles parked on Sinatra Drive will be permitted.

Delta variant rising in New Jersey

According to Governor Murphy and the New Jersey Department of Health, the highly transmissible delta variant is now the dominant strain of COVID-19 in New Jersey. It is likely that several of our recent infections have in fact been the delta variant, as our trends typically mirror those across the State.

Consider precautions to stay safe, even if you’re vaccinated

Given the uptick in cases in New Jersey and the region, along with the recent data demonstrating some breakthrough cases in Hoboken, I encourage residents (including those who are fully vaccinated) to consider precautions, including:

Avoiding vacations to areas of low vaccination rates: When choosing a vacation, limiting exposure to states or regions with low vaccination rates and recent high infection rates will decrease the risk of exposure to COVID-19 and variants.

Prioritizing socialization with those who are vaccinated: The data demonstrates that the risk substantially decreases of contracting or transmitting COVID-19 when all individuals in a group are fully vaccinated.

Limiting exposure to large indoor crowds: Consider postponing large indoor events such as an indoor concert or large indoor party, especially in areas of low vaccination rates. Safer options include concerts at venues like Madison Square Garden which require individuals to be fully vaccinated or have vaccinated sections, or outdoor venues.

Requiring or encouraging masks indoors for those who are unvaccinated: If you run an office space or business, a safe option is to require a mask for anyone who is unvaccinated.

Keeping playdates outdoors for children under 12: Given that vaccines are only permitted for children 12 years of age and up, prioritizing outdoor activities for children who are unvaccinated is a safer alternative than indoor playdates.

Keeping indoor groups small for children: For indoor recreation activities, summer camps, sports, and other situations, consider keeping groups small to limit large groups of unvaccinated children, and having children wear face masks when necessary.

Masking up indoors in situations with exposure to large amounts of people: If you know you may be in situations where there are large crowds, consider wearing a face mask as an extra layer of protection.

Prioritizing outdoor activities whenever possible: If you have the choice between staying indoors or heading outdoors when socializing with others, such as going out to dinner, remaining outdoors is the safer option, as it has been since the start the start of the pandemic.

Hoboken vaccination rate

All ages: 67% (first dose)
18 and over: 76% (first dose)
65 and over: nearly 100% (first dose)

All ages: 62% (second dose)
18 and over: 69% (second dose)
65 and over: 94% (second dose)

Thank you to all of our residents who have chosen to vaccinated. We hope to achieve an even greater percentage of residents getting first and second doses in the coming weeks and months.

Vaccination and testing schedule

Our COVID-19 vaccination and testing clinics, in partnership with Medicine Man Pharmacy and Better Life Pharmacy, remain the same for this upcoming week:

TUESDAY vaccine clinic: Medicine Man Pharmacy and Compounding 

Location: 605 Jackson Street
Who: Anyone who works, lives, or goes to school in Hoboken
Day: Tuesdays (July 20 and 27)
Time: 4 – 7 pm
Vaccine offered: Johnson & Johnson and Pfizer
Ages: 18+ (Johnson & Johnson), 12+ (Pfizer)
Sign-up for an appointment (optional)http://www.hobokennj.gov/medicinemanvaccine

** Walk-ins welcome, no appointment required**
** Children ages 12 to 16 must be accompanied by a guardian **

WEDNESDAY testing clinic: Medicine Man Pharmacy and Compounding 

Location: 605 Jackson Street
Who: Anyone who works, lives, or goes to school in Hoboken
Date: Wednesdays (July 21 and 28)
Time: 4 – 7 pm
Type of testing: PCR
Link for appointments (required)http://www.hobokennj.gov/medicineman

THURSDAY vaccine clinic: Better Life Pharmacy 

Location: 221 Jackson Street (community room)
Who: Anyone who works, lives, or goes to school in Hoboken
Day: Thursdays (July 22 and 29)
Time: 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Vaccine offered: Johnson & Johnson (one-dose), Moderna (two-doses) or Pfizer
Ages: 12+ (Pfizer), 18+ (Johnson & Johnson, Moderna)

** Walk-up vaccine clinic, no registration or appointment **
** Children ages 12 to 16 must be accompanied by a guardian **

FRIDAY COVID-19 testing clinic: New Jersey Health Department

Location: 221 Jackson Street (community room)
Who: Anyone who works, lives, or goes to school in Hoboken
Day: Friday (July 23)
Time: 1:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Type of testing: PCR (saliva based, please do not eat or drink 30 minutes prior to testing)

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