HACKENSACK, N.J. —  City officials are announcing that 136 Hackensack residents have now tested positive for COVID-19/novel coronavirus, and two residents, a 35-year-old and a 79-year-old with underlying health issues, have succumbed to the infection.

Residents are advised to continue following all state and county directives regarding social distancing in order to limit the spread of the virus. 
 
In order to recognize the heroism of the doctors, nurses, and other frontline medical professionals, as well as first responders working to keep people safe, Mayor John Labrosse and the City Council are encouraging residents to join together on Monday, March 30 at 8 p.m. to say thank you. Residents are asked to turn on their outside lights, go outside and clap and cheer for our heroes.

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City residents that live in apartment buildings are encouraged to use their balconies (if possible) as a means of stepping outdoors for the "Clap Out." If a balcony is not an option, the community is encouraged to wear their protective gear or simply clap from their window as a means of support.
 
“The level of bravery and heroism being shown by so many people during this crisis is nothing short of inspiring. I see it up close in my role at Hackensack University Medical Center, and I believe that it has never been as important to recognize the men and women on the front lines of this battle,” said Mayor Labrosse. “This is a small way to say thank-you to the people putting their lives on the line for our country, and we encourage all Hackensack residents to join us in applauding them. Thanks to their sacrifices, we will recover, get our lives back on track, and become a stronger and better community because of the shared experience that we endured.” 
 
While the community collectively responds to this public health crisis, all residents need to do their part to help. City officials are calling on residents to observe the following recommendations: 
 

  • Practice social distancing, including remaining home if possible, and if you have to go out leaving six feet of space from the nearest person;
  • Continue to follow CDC guidelines, including frequently washing your hands, disinfecting surfaces, etc;
  • Please refrain from hoarding food and cleaning products -- buy what your family needs, but be considerate of others who also have needs;
  • Whenever possible, check on a senior citizen or disabled family or neighbors who are most at risk. 

Any residents with questions should call the State’s Coronavirus hotline or visit its dedicated website at Coronavirus Hotline 1-800-222-1222 and nj.gov/health/cd/topics/ncov.shtml