Hoboken mayor: city in ‘post-holiday wave’ of Covid cases

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HOBOKEN, NJ – Hoboken Mayor Ravi Bhalla said on Tuesday evening that residents of Hoboken should continue to take coronavirus precautions amid an increase in cases. “It is quite clear that Hoboken is in the midst of a spate of cases after the holidays, and infections are increasing at an alarming rate,” he wrote in an alert Tuesday.

He said the Hoboken health department reported the following new confirmed cases of COVID-19:
Saturday: 17
Sunday: 55
Monday: 18
Mardi: 36

In June, the city stayed for a week with a single new case, and in August, there were six cases in a week.

Bhalla said that since the start of the pandemic, there have been 2,319 infections and 39 deaths related to COVID-19 in total. As of Saturday, there were 1,453 recoveries, Bhalla said.

The Hoboken University Medical Center is currently treating 23 patients with COVID-19, including nine residents of Hoboken.

“It is imperative to continue to take the virus seriously, which has recently made its way to elderly and at-risk residents,” he said. He advised to continue these precautions:

  • Wear a mask
  • Social distance
  • Avoid indoor gatherings beyond household members
  • Avoid traveling outside of New Jersey
  • Get tested

Hoboken schools were far away last week and returned to regular education on Monday. The students had to be tested before their return.

300 seniors register for vaccinations

Four people over the age of 80 have been confirmed to have died from the coronavirus in Hoboken last week.
On Monday, Hoboken announced that its seniors can pre-register to get the coronavirus vaccine when the state makes it available to them. Currently, only health workers, certain essential workers, and residents of nursing homes are eligible to receive the vaccine under phase 1A.
Councilor Tiffanie Fisher said in a Tuesday night newsletter: “To date, 300 seniors have signed up. I know we have at least 4,000 of them. So go ahead and offer to help one of your neighbors!

From now on, seniors will be eligible to receive the vaccine once the state of New Jersey moves on to the next round of vaccination 1B (75 years and over, from now) and 1C.

The state has its own vaccination center at the Riverside Medical Group office on Hudson Street. Over the weekend, Hoboken firefighters and police were vaccinated there. (Learn more here.)

As of Tuesday, more than 377,000 Americans had died from the virus. Just a month ago, the United States passed 300,000 deaths.

You can see which states had the highest death toll over the past week on this map from the CDC.

NATIONAL TRENDS

HOW TO GET HELP WITH HEATING, RENTAL AND MORE

  • During the state of emergency in New Jersey, no tenant is allowed to be evicted from their home or apartment for inability to pay rent. Speak to your local mayor’s office if you are having difficulty.
  • The CARES Act made money available to help with rent in every city. More information here.
  • Residents of New Jersey can get help with heating and energy bills. The information is here.
  • Various other avenues of relief and benefits have also been offered, including 12 week family leave if you cannot work due to the closure of your child’s school or camp, and changes to the rules of unemployment to help those who were employed for a certain period of time. shortly, or freelance.

LONG-TERM CARE

  • Recently, there were 159 long-term care facilities with active outbreaks, the health ministry said last month. The state announced that deaths at the facilities had more than doubled since May 1.
  • Residents of New Jersey have become alarmed at the high number of residents who have died in nursing homes, rehabilitation centers and similar facilities. The state announced in May its intention to increase testing at some long-term care facilities.
  • The state released statistics on the spring death toll for long-term care facilities like rehabilitation centers and nursing homes. Check out the list here.
  • You can report issues with long-term care facilities here, or if you suspect coronavirus-related misconduct, here.
  • Some New Jersey long-term care facilities reopened for limited visits, with cautions, in July.
  • Facilities began receiving the coronavirus vaccine in December and January, starting with a long-term care home in Old Bridge in December.

Here are the statewide coronavirus resources:

  • NJ COVID-19 Information Center: https://covid19.nj.gov/
  • General questions about COVID-19: 2-1-1
  • Hotline NJ COVID-19: (800) 222-1222

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