HOBOKEN, NJ - A steadily increasing upswing of COVID cases in Hoboken has Mayor Ravi Bhalla asking residents to maintain their resolve in the face of the pandemic, which has now infected over 800 Hobokenites.

“Several of the new cases have been members of the same household testing positive,” Bhalla said. “There have been no reported clusters or super-spreader events reported.”

Of those who have tested positive for the virus, 742 have made a complete recovery. Meanwhile, 31 residents have lost their lives to the infection. The latest report indicates 18 new cases over a 3-day period, demonstrating an increase in rates on par with May.

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“Unfortunately, too many of us here in Hoboken and across the State are beginning to let our guard down, as if COVID-19 will just go away with the passage of time. Unfortunately, nothing could be further from the truth,” said Bhalla. "These next few weeks, before the weather turns cold and outdoor activities will become less common, are absolutely critical—a continued rise in cases could have major impacts to our schools, jobs, and overall way of life if the State must revert to stay-at-home measures.”

Across the Hudson, Mayor Bill DeBlasio has alluded to the possibility of a return to full lockdown in communities exhibiting a significant spike in COVID rates. Here in Hoboken, the City has cancelled its annual Halloween parade and has asked residents to scale back celebrations between now and the holiday—traditionally a major celebration in a lot of neighborhoods.

“It’s up to us, both in Hoboken and statewide, to make sure we do our part to move forward and beat this virus,” said Bhalla. “It will take continued sacrifice, but we have no other option, and I know we can do it if we stay focused and disciplined in following safety guidelines.”

Those guidelines include avoiding indoor gatherings, maintaining social distance, limiting social congregation and wearing a mask. Anyone who thinks they may have been exposed to COVID is encouraged to seek testing immediately.

“As before, both Riverside Medical and Prompt MD continue to offer robust testing options for Hoboken residents. Appointments are still available with Prompt MD on Monday from 7 am until 2 pm, at www.hobokennj.gov/promptmd. Riverside is also offering rapid, 15-minute tests as well as PCR tests six days a week. Residents can schedule a test with Riverside by calling the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) hotline at 201-420-5621, 9 am until 1 pm (Monday – Friday). No symptoms are required for COVID-19 testing.”

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