HOBOKEN, NJ - Over the past three days, the City of Hoboken is reporting 11 new cases of COVID-19.
"According to the Hoboken Health Department, some of the new cases this week can be attributed to members of the same household contracting the virus, as well as those testing positive after coming into contact with close contacts who had the virus," read a statement from Mayor Ravi Bhalla. "Some of those individuals were already in quarantine due to real-time contact tracing from the Hoboken Health Department based on recent infections."
To date, 754 Hoboken residents have tested positive for COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic in March, of which 691 have fully recovered. Fatalities remain unchanged at 31. A slight increase in cases was "not unexpected," according to the Mayor, considering the reopening of schools, offices, and business. In what can be seen as positive news for local recovery efforts, the Health Department reported that there were no cluster of cases from a single source such as an office, restaurant, or gym.
Nevertheless, Bhalla says that vigilance must continue.
"Over the past several days, cases have also risen in New Jersey. I urge residents to continue taking the virus seriously, and to take the precaution to proactively assume that anyone you come into contact could have COVID-19," said Bhalla. "This is especially important because of the trend in Hoboken and across the country that many infections have occurred through asymptomatic spread with no apparent symptoms."
Earlier this week, the Mayor suspended his own voluntary self-quarantine after one of his associates contracted the virus. Following an abbreviated stint, "self-quarantine is no longer necessary," according to an "Update from the Hoboken Health Department" distributed by city spokesman Vijay Chaudhuri, which said that Bhalla would, "continue to self-monitor for the full 14 days."
Testing for COVID-19 remains available in Hoboken via Riverside Medical Group and PromptMD. A COVID-19 test is recommended at least 5-7 days after a potential exposure, as many who have contracted the virus do not have symptoms. Receiving a COVID-19 test prior to the 5-7 days after a potential exposure may yield inaccurate results.