HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ - According to a report from Mid-Bergen Regional Health Commission Health Officer, 16 Hasbrouck Heights residents had passed away from COVID-19 as August 31, 2020.  The report was read as part of the September meeting of the Hasbrouck Heights Board of Health last Wednesday in Council Chambers at Borough Hall.

According to Sam Yanovich, the MBRHC Health Officer’s report, there were 252 cases of COVID-19 in Hasbrouck Heights.  There were 344 test results received by the Commission and the positivity rate for August was 2.3.   

His report noted that the Commission had been receiving more qualified Contact Tracers from Rutgers to assist its Contact Tracers.  Per his report, there are approximately 19 contact tracers per 100,000 residents in the state, with a higher percentage in larger urban areas. While 73% of the case outreach has been successful, only 56% of contact tracing outreach has been successful. 

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He noted that he had been in contact with the Board of Education concerning school reopening guidelines, and noted that they will be receiving the first shipment of flu vaccine shortly.  Since demand is expected to be high, they will prioritize the clinics for Seniors and Medicare Part B initially. If the there is enough vaccine remaining, the borough with will open it up to other priority groups.

He noted there have been two human cases of West Nile Virus in the state, and that positive mosquito pools have been detected throughout New Jersey.  The County Mosquito Commission will begin spraying by truck mounted units early in the a.m. in many towns as of September 11.

Local Health Inspector Dan Dabrowski presented his reported via telephone and noted that there were 16 food inspections done from June 30 to August 31, with 14 Satisfactory and 2 Conditional results, one of which was remediated and is now Satisfactory,

Additionally, there was inspection for one Mobile Catering establishment that was Satisfactory.  

Additionally, in July, the Board of Health spoke to the Bergen County Prosecutor’s office concerning a fine to the owner of “Johnny Meatballs” for performing food retail operations from his home.  

The Board also cleared Meadowlands Gymnastics to re-open on June 22, as they were considered a no-contact, low-risk sport regarding the transmission of COVID-19.

Board of Health Secretary Laura Finch provided the following statistics for the second quarter of 2020.  

  • 34 food inspections, 19 spot checks, 3 grease trap inspections, 31 complaints of various natures.

  • Collected $18,178 in fess for the second quarter of the years and issued 1,030 dog licenses

  • Borough Registrar of Vital Statistics issued 750 certified transcripts, collecting $11,190.

  • Department recorded 397 non-resident deaths and 39 resident deaths, and seven marriage licenses.  The were 26 babies born to town residents

  • Food License applications were mailed the first week in July.  Health Department issued 43 licenses, collecting $6,250 in annual application fees.

French noted that the Health Department held a free rabies clinic as advised by NJ Department of Health on June 27 from 1 to 3 pm in the Borough Hall parking lot.  The event was considered a success as 29 dogs received their rabies vaccination.

It was noted that the Borough’s 26 licenses Beauty Salons and Barbershops were allowed to re-open on June 22, with adherence to safeguarding and modifications. Many spot checks were performed to ensure that there was compliance with the requirements.  Personal grooming renewal applications were mailed to the businesses at the end of July. 

There was no old or new business for the board.  


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