The news in New Jersey, Hudson County and Hoboken was not good over the weekend, as the number of COVID-9 cases continues to spike. Saturday was particularly bad. Last night Hoboken Mayor Ravi Bhalla and the city’s Health Department issued an update for residents. In addition, the Mayor passed along an update from Hoboken’s Superintendent of Schools, including a link to the Superintendent’s newsletter.
The bottom line….we are far from being out of this virus as the second wave is in full swing:
Advisory: Update from Mayor Bhalla on COVID-19 (11/15), highest one-day total in Hoboken and New Jersey
Below is an update from Mayor Ravi S. Bhalla on COVID-19:
Impact of COVID-19 in Hoboken
The Hoboken Health Department has reported the following new COVID-19 cases in Hoboken:
November 13: 19
November 14: 27
November 15: 4
The cases from November 14 reflect the highest one-day total we have seen in Hoboken since the beginning of the pandemic. 1,197 residents have tested positive for COVID-19 since March. The Hoboken Health Department has continued to conduct aggressive contact tracing to help prevent further outbreaks from current infections. Thankfully, fatalities continue to remain unchanged at 31. We will post an updated recovery count from the Hoboken Health Department this week. The Hoboken University Medical Center has reported 17 COVID-19 related hospitalizations, which now include six Hoboken residents.
The State of New Jersey reported 18 new fatalities, and a record high of 4,540 new COVID-19 cases today, following 4,395 positive cases on Saturday. The seven-day average of new cases in New Jersey is 3,198, up 50% from one week ago. It also represents the highest seven-day average since April 28. The most recent positivity rate from Monday, is 8.06%.
We remain optimistic that a vaccine could be soon available, and we can get back to life as we knew it sometime next year. But, until then, it’s critical that we do everything we can to remain vigilant these next few months, as cases are increasing to record highs. As always, please continue to take the precautions science has proven will help keep us safe: avoid indoor gatherings beyond household members, use a face mask whenever outside the household, social distance, and stay outside when possible.
Update on efforts to curb indoor gatherings
Over the weekend, the Hoboken Police Department has continued to enforce City ordinances and regulations to help keep our residents safe. Unfortunately, certain individuals in our community are still disregarding the health and safety of our community by hosting house parties. The Hoboken Police Department is no longer giving warnings for these house parties that are violating City ordinances, and gave out six violations for “disorderly house” that include up to a $1,000 fine. The City will recommend to the municipal prosecutor that the maximum fine be given in these situations given the current public health crisis.
Hoboken Public School District
Superintendent of the Hoboken Public School District, Dr. Christine Johnson recently announced that due to the recent increase in COVID-19 cases, the Hoboken Public School District will move to full remote learning for the week after Thanksgiving, taking place from November 30th through December 4th. The public school district will return to onsite learning starting Monday, December 7th.
For more information, please click here for Dr. Johnson’s newsletter announcing the changes and additional precautions: https://www.smore.com/yprf6-the-herald.
Thank you to our school administrators and teachers throughout our City for continuing to go above and beyond to keep our children safe.
Ramping up testing
We have been working throughout the weekend to communicate with our valued testing partners, including Riverside Medical and Prompt MD, to increase testing capacity over the coming weeks. Riverside Medical will soon be providing additional hours and capacity, while Prompt MD will be providing up to 4 or 5 days of testing per week at 605 Jackson Street. Prompt MD has added testing for this Friday at 605 Jackson Street, between 8 am and 1 pm. We are also working with Medicine Man Pharmacy (511 Washington Street) to add testing on weekends as well.
As always, thank you Hoboken, and please stay safe.
Ravi S. Bhalla