Hoboken Mayor Says COVID-19 “Still A Formidable Opponent”

Hoboken Mayor Ravi Bhalla provided the latest COVID-19 update for the City of Hoboken this weekend:

Impact of COVID-19 

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

October 1: 7
October 2: 9
October 3: 2

Since the beginning of the pandemic, 805 Hoboken residents have tested positive for COVID-19. As of Friday, 742 residents have made a full recovery. Fatalities remain unchanged at 31. Several of the new cases have been members of the same household testing positive. There have been no reported clusters or super-spreader events reported.

The Hoboken Health Department continues to conduct aggressive contact tracing efforts for all new cases, seven days a week. There have been a few cases recently where residents have not returned phone calls from our Health Department despite repeated attempts. All information collected by our health office is confidential and contact tracing efforts are critical at helping contain the spread, so please be sure to answer the call if you receive one.

Fighting COVID-19 spread in Hoboken 

Unfortunately, we are seeing a similar pattern of increasing cases in Hoboken as is occurring across New Jersey. Today, 957 additional positive cases were reported across the state, the most cases since May 29, while the rate of transmission of 1.24 is the highest it has been in almost two months (anything above 1 indicates the virus is spreading).

As many of have seen on the news, President Trump, members of his staff and other close contacts have tested positive for COVID-19. I wish the President, First Lady and staff the best of health and a speedy recovery. This development should serve as a real wake-up call to all of us, that COVID-19 is still a formidable opponent requiring vigilance in all aspects of our lives. Even the most powerful and well protected people in the country can’t escape COVID-19 if it isn’t taken seriously.

Unfortunately, too many of us here in Hoboken and across the State are beginning to let our guard down, as if COVID-19 will just go away with the passage of time. Unfortunately, nothing could be further from the truth. These next few weeks, before the weather turns cold and outdoor activities will become less common are absolutely critical – a continued rise in cases could have major impacts to our schools, jobs, and overall way of life if the State must revert to stay-at-home measures.  It’s up to us, both in Hoboken and statewide, to make sure we do our part to move forward and beat this virus.  It will take continued sacrifice, but we have no other option, and I know we can do it if we stay focused and disciplined in following safety guidelines.

As mentioned in a previous update, given the increase in cases, I’m asking all residents to resort to the mindset we had in March and April – to assume that anyone you come into contact with could have COVID-19. This means limiting socializing and congregating with members outside your family or household, maintaining social distancing at all practical times, prioritizing outdoor activities, avoiding large indoor gatherings, and wearing a face mask. I know wearing a face mask has often been politicized, but the science is clear – wearing one will help keep your neighbors, friends, and co-workers safe, and provides a measure of protection to you as well. Please wear one whenever you are around others.

Finally, if you have been in a situation in which you believe you could have been exposed – don’t wait, get a COVID-19 test, even if you do not have any symptoms

COVID-19 testing options 

As before, both Riverside Medical and Prompt MD continue to offer robust testing options for Hoboken residents. Appointments are still available with Prompt MD on Monday from 7 am until 2 pm, at www.hobokennj.gov/promptmd. Riverside is also offering rapid, 15-minute tests as well as PCR tests six days a week. Residents can schedule a test with Riverside by calling the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) hotline at 201-420-5621, 9 am until 1 pm (Monday – Friday). No symptoms are required for COVID-19 testing.

Hoboken Food Pantry schedule for October 

The Hoboken Food Pantry will distribute free groceries for Hoboken residents and households this month:

Thursday October 8th, 10am-1:30pm &
Thursday October 22nd, 5pm-7pm at the following locations:

1301 Washington St (between Washington + Hudson)
311 Harrison St (Housing Authority Main Campus)
2nd Street between Grand + Adams (outside of Multi Service Center)

Thank you again to all of the Hoboken residents who have volunteered their time for this incredible effort. If you’d like to donate for the Hoboken Food Pantry’s efforts, please visit hobokencc.org/donate. If you’d like to volunteer, you can go to www.signup.com/go/FOuThPW or download the Hoboken Charity Quest app.

Sincerely,

Ravi S. Bhalla
Mayor

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