Hoboken is reporting 40 Coronavirus cases, Jersey City 130 and Union City 34 as the number of cases in Hudson County begins to climb. These numbers come from wider testing, but remain a good indicator of just how contagious COVID-19 is, and what sort of impact it may have on our region.
While the situation across the river is turning dire, with an overextended Elmhurst Hospital in Queens seeing 13 fatalities in the past 24 hours, officials here are concerned about the impact on our hospitals.
Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop announced that a patient at Christ Hospital has died from the virus, while another two individuals were found dead from what is initially thought to be COVID-19 infection.
“Christ Hospital was running close to 99% of capacity on ventilators,” said Fulop, via Twitter. “We worked with the state to secure ventilators and now have an additional 25% capacity.”
Another primary concern is personal protective equipment for medical personnel.
The city currently has 1500 full PPE kits available and 1200 PPE reserves. Our OEM has done a good job of planning and we are equipped with backups for first our responders. We are also supplying 400 of our reserves to local Hospitals today.
— Steven Fulop (@StevenFulop) March 26, 2020
Hoboken University Medical Center is reportedly facing similar concerns as case numbers trend upwards.
HobokenGirl has compiled a list of ways for residents to help medical personnel:
— HobokenGirl.com (@thehobokengirl) March 24, 2020
A blood drive has been announced for the first week in April.
Next Thurs and Fri, All Saints School – is sponsoring a blood drive that is open to the #Hoboken community. You must sign up for an appointment in advance.
To register for Thurs April 2:https://t.co/ERdxiLslBx
— Emily Jabbour, Councilperson-At-Large (@HobokenEmily) March 25, 2020
The Hoboken Shelter has made an appeal to help support its efforts to safely house our community’s homeless during this emergency.
“We need your help to fight COVID-19’s impact on the most vulnerable in our community. This pandemic will undoubtedly most harshly affect the homeless and poor. The Shelter is in a battle to keep the homeless from getting sick and dying. Due to the cancellation of our fundraiser we need to make up lost revenue and be prepared to staff staggered lunches and dinners. Every dollar makes a difference.”
CLICK HERE for donation information.
Additionally, the Hoboken Community Center is scrambling to maintain stock of its food pantry:
BIG TEAM EFFORT w/Mayor, Council, OEM & CERT, the Hoboken Food Pantry is collecting & distributing food for our neighbors in need.
☎️: 551-285-6555 (10a-4p) or firstname.lastname@example.org pic.twitter.com/LqEfoNQzI1
— Hoboken Community Center (@HobCommunityCtr) March 24, 2020
HobokenLife.com has compiled its own list of donation campaigns for local charities and hard-hit local businesses:
How Hobokenites Can Help Support Local Businesses Impacted by Coronavirus with these 28 @gofundme campaigns for:
— HobokenLife™ (@HobokenLifeCo) March 26, 2020
Below is an update from Mayor Ravi S. Bhalla to Hoboken residents:
First, I want to start off by thanking the many volunteers who continue to help provide resources to our homeless populations. Despite the challenging circumstances and social distancing requirements, volunteers at the Hoboken Shelter, St. Matthew Trinity, and more continue their mission to feed those less fortunate than us. Two highlights: last Monday, volunteers at All Saint’s Episcopal Day School collected 88 dozen hard boiled eggs and 60 warm blankets for St. Matthew Lunchtime Ministry, while members of the United Synagogue of Hoboken made ten masks for Hoboken Shelter volunteers to wear this week. A big thank you to all those who donated their time for this worthy cause.
11 New COVID-19 positive tests
The Hoboken Health Department reported 11 new confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 today: a male and female in their mid 70s, a female in her late 40s, two males in their early 40s, a female in her mid 30s, a female in her early 30s, a male in his early 30s a female in her late 20s, a male in his mid 20s, and a male without an age specified. None of the 11 reported individuals were hospitalized, while there are 40 total confirmed COVID-19 cases in Hoboken. This increase in confirmed cases is not a surprise, as with more tests being done, more positive cases get reported. This is a trend that is unfortunately occurring across the country.
Please limit all non-essential travel
Despite the mandatory stay-at-home orders by both Governor Murphy in New Jersey and Governor Cuomo in New York, we are still seeing Hoboken residents commute to and from New York City on a daily basis. I am again making the ask to anyone commuting to New York City or any other region who is non-essential, to work from home. Remaining in self-isolation at home is the best way to stay safe from COVID-19. This isn’t just for your benefit, but for the safety of all residents of Hoboken, especially our most vulnerable populations.
I am completely aware that remaining at home, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week is not possible. But, we can all continue to do our part to limit travel outside with everyday actions, like:
- Being strategic about trips to the supermarket or ordering for grocery delivery
- Taking an online gym class to do from home
- Having an online conversation with Hoboken friends instead of seeing them in person at the park
- Ordering an additional meal when getting takeout or pick-up, to limit multiple trips
If you can help avoid travel outside, please, help and do so. Thank you.
Hoboken has so many generous residents, and I thank everyone who has reached out to me asking to help those in need. As mentioned yesterday, the Hoboken Community Center, City Council and other stakeholders announced the formation of a food pantry to help provide food for those in need. If you’re interested in volunteering, please call 551-285-6444 or email email@example.com. Volunteers can help organize donations, and shop for and bag items for delivery. Thank you again to everyone who helped make this food pantry possible.
Hudson County is also looking for medical and non-medical volunteers to help at the new COVID-19 testing site in Secaucus. Medical workers are needed between 9 am and 6 pm to help conduct testing, and non-medical workers between 9 am and 9 pm to help schedule testing appointments at a call center. Interested volunteers are asked to email Christina Butieg-Bianco of Hudson Regional Health Commission at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Unfortunately, blood donations have been substantially reduced across the region because of the cancellation of blood drives. But, thanks to Jill Singleton and the All Saints Episcopal Day School, two blood drives have been organized in Hoboken on April 2 and April 3, both from 8:00 am – 2:00 pm.
To register for April 2:
To register for April 3:
I’ve heard from residents that certain banks have recently closed their doors. According to the City and State’s recent orders, banks have been deemed as essential businesses and are permitted to open. This will continue to be the case; however some banks may have chosen to close despite this designation.
No soliciting reminder
As a reminder, all door-to-door soliciting is now prohibited. My office heard that individuals posing as an energy company were going door-to-door in recent days. If you see this occurring, please call the Hoboken Police Department at 201-420-2100.
Thank you and stay safe,
Mayor Ravi S. Bhalla