Five New Coronavirus Cases Tuesday and Wednesday

Laveta Brigham

HOBOKEN, NJ – After a period in which Hoboken had only one new coronavirus case in a week, Hoboken Mayor Ravi Bhalla said in two updates this week — one Monday and one Thursday morning— that there had been 16 new cases reported in the last week. On Thursday morning, […]

HOBOKEN, NJ – After a period in which Hoboken had only one new coronavirus case in a week, Hoboken Mayor Ravi Bhalla said in two updates this week — one Monday and one Thursday morning— that there had been 16 new cases reported in the last week.

On Thursday morning, Bhalla said in a Nixle update that the Hoboken Health Department reported four more confirmed cases on Tuesday, and one on Wednesday. That brings the total of confirmed cases of Hoboken residents to 588.

He had previously said, in a nightly coronavirus update on Monday, that the Hoboken Health Department noted 11 new cases: seven on Saturday, two Sunday, and two Monday, after a recent week in which there was one.

Hoboken has gone over a month without any new deaths reported. A total of 30 Hoboken residents have passed away due to the virus. The last reported new fatality was May 21. On June 9, Bhalla said the city had learned of a woman in her eighties who had died of the virus a month earlier, but hadn’t been counted with residents. She was the 30th announced case.

Hoboken, a mile-square city of 53,000 people directly across the river from midtown Manhattan, was one of the first cities to begin shutting down certain facilities and businesses in March. As some of these reopen, Bhalla urged wearing a mask and social distancing. The Centers for Disease Control currently recommends wearing a face covering to reduce the transmission of coronavirus.

Bhalla had said the sudden “slight uptick” in cases was largely due to “travel outside of New Jersey to regions with a substantial rise in new cases.” Several states had seen record numbers of new cases in the last week, including some that lifted stay-at-home restrictions sooner than they did in the hard-hit Northeast.

On Monday, Bhalla encouraged people who traveled to places such as Florida, Arizona, North Carolina, and others to get tested after coming back.

On Tuesday and Wednesday, Gov. Phil Murphy said residents coming to New Jersey from states with high rates should get tested and must quarantine.

A week ago, on June 18, Bhalla said there had been one new case of coronavirus the previous day, but no new cases in the week before that.

Bhalla also said in his update Thursday that the hours of the CERT hotline, for residents wanting a coronavirus test at the uptown Hoboken testing center, will be reduced starting next week to 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Call 201-420-5621.

More than 12,000 New Jersey residents have died from the virus. The daily death rate has been declining since Thursday, April 30, when the state reached an all-time high. That day, Murphy had said that 460 New Jerseyans had been lost to the virus in 24 hours, or one person every three minutes.

Hoboken announced its most fatalities in one day on April 8.

Murphy explained last week why he believes the state still must reopen slowly to avoid another spike.

Nationally, new coronavirus cases are hitting record highs.

Hoboken gave some other updates on Thursday. To read more of the mayor’s update, click here. And see below for other recent Patch updates about testing in Hoboken and more.

Here are some Hoboken coronavirus updates:

LIBRARY

  • Starting this week, residents can return library books and other materials by placing them in the library book/media dropbox in front of the library (500 Park Ave.) from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Starting this coming Monday, the library will begin no contact “curbside pickup” service. Library patrons will be able to reserve the materials online, place their orders via email to [email protected], or call (201) 4202346, ext. 5102. For additional details, visit hobokenlibrary.org.

TESTING

  • Any resident can get a 15-minute rapid coronavirus test at the Riverside site in uptown Hoboken by appointment by calling 201-420-5621 Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. If you don’t have health insurance, the city will pay the cost.

  • There are other medical offices in Hoboken with tests; if in doubt about what to do, call your physician.

SCHOOLS

  • The Hoboken public schools are slated to reopen Tuesday, Sept. 8, but whether it will be in person will be determined by the state. The state is presently considering in-person schooling, virtual schooling, and a “blended option” involving both. The state is likely to offer more guidelines some time this week, one official said.

  • The summer camp run by the Hoboken schools has been canceled. Limited recreational options have been scheduled. The mayor made reference to them here.

  • Day cares were able to reopen June 15, with certain rules in place, and recreational camps can reopen in July. READ MORE.

PARKS

  • Most Hoboken parks reopened last month, but not all. See the list here.

  • The mayor hoped to open playgrounds last Thursday, but was overruled by the governor’s office. READ MORE.

BUSINESS/ECONOMY

  • Kings supermarkets updated residents on their sanitizing procedures and on an employee who tested positive last month. READ MORE.

  • First Street will be reserved for pedestrians and shoppers this Sunday, and more restaurants are adding “streateries” for outdoor dining. READ MORE.

  • More than 50 of the city’s restaurants opened last week for outdoor dining. READ MORE.

  • Two of the city’s weekly farmers’ markets reopened this month. READ MORE.

  • The city and Patch both have directories of businesses that are open and closed. Check it out and add your listing. READ MORE.

  • The city will be closing off certain blocks for businesses to expand and draw foot traffic. READ MORE.

  • Here’s what you need to know about applying for unemployment and other benefits during coronavirus. MORE.

  • Read more about unemployment, small business, and other coronavirus regulations and benefits in New Jersey here.

NURSING HOMES

  • New Jersey residents have become alarmed at the high number of residents who have passed away in nursing homes, rehabs, and similar facilities, and have charged that the facilities are undercounting the numbers and not adequately protecting residents and staff. The state has faced questions for weeks from the press about how they will address the problems. They announced plans last month to increase testing at some long term care facilities and to bring in the National Guard to help make changes.

  • The state has begun releasing death toll statistics for long-term care facilities like rehabs and nursing homes. See the list here.

  • You can report problems with long term care facilities here, or if you suspect coronavirus related misconduct, here.

Here are statewide coronavirus resources:

  • NJ COVID-19 Information Hub: https://covid19.nj.gov/

  • General COVID-19 questions: 2-1-1

  • NJ COVID-19 hotline: (800) 222-1222

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This article originally appeared on the Hoboken Patch

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