HUDSON COUNTY, NJ - Hudson County is one of ten counties in New Jersey to see its status elevated from low to moderate health risk after a recent uptick in COVID-19 cases. In accordance with New Jersey Department of Health standards, school districts regionwide are recommended to "implement remote learning for students and staff at high risk of severe illness," and to "consider hybrid learning and/or fully remote learning."
One school in Hoboken had already gone to the remote model after a student tested positive. Meanwhile, personnel at county parks have tested positive, bringing about an increase in precautions at county facilities.
“The county remains vigilant,” Hudson County Spokesman James Kennelly said Monday. “We understand that infections can happen. But we intend to limit the exposure of our employees and our patrons. Whenever we have a report, the employee is sent home and we test anyone who that employees have interacted with.”
In Hoboken, officials are warning residents against indoor social gatherings.
"During contact tracing, the Hoboken Health Department is observing a pattern of increased cases associated with various indoor social gatherings and parties," said Mayor Ravi Bhalla. "Entering the colder months, it’s so important to keep up the habits we’ve practiced during the summer months, when cases were at a minimum: wear a mask at all practical times, social distance, and wash your hands. As before, we ask residents to avoid any social gatherings indoors beyond members of the same household. If you are seeing friends or extended family, please try to stay outdoors as much as possible. This is especially critical now given the rise in cases in Hoboken and across the state."
Both Hoboken and Jersey City have underscored the testing efforts in their respective communities, suggesting that anyone who feels they are at risk or may have been exposed sign up for a COVID-19 exam. Hoboken advises residents that slots at the Riverview Medical Group site are full for the week, but the PromptMD exam is still available.
Since the pandemic began in March, there have been 21,810 cases of COVID-19 recorded in Hudson County, resulting in 1,346 confirmed fatalities.
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