HOBOKEN, NJ - Officials announced a dozen new cases of COVID-19 in Hoboken on Tuesday, primarily among younger adults.
According to Mayor Ravi Bhalla, there were four new cases discovered on July 9, four new cases discovered on July 10 and four new cases discovered on July 11. The city of nearly 55,000 has had a total of 634 confirmed cases since the outbreak began, with a total of 29 fatalities.
"The majority of new COVID-19 cases reflect the trend across the rest of the country, with most under the age of 35," said Bhalla. "As always, the Health Department continues with diligent contact tracing on every confirmed case. In addition to the Health Department’s contact tracing, I ask all residents who test positive to follow up with your own contact tracing and urge anyone who may have been in contact with you to self-quarantine for a full 14 days and get tested at least 5-7 days after exposure to you."
The State of New Jersey has added a number of states to its list for travel quarantine, as spikes across the country raise concerns here over individuals coming to or from these areas. The full list of states currently includes: Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Idaho, Kansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, North Carolina, Nevada, New Mexico, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Wisconsin. Meanwhile, Delaware, New Jersey's neighbor to the south, has been removed from the list of location where Garden State residents need to self-quarantine for 14 days upon return from travel.
Wherever people are headed, Hoboken's Mayor advises that they avoid crowded areas, where the possibility of virus transmission is enhanced.
"I know it’s the summer, but going to a party or any large social gathering simply isn’t worth getting infected and spreading it to a parent or grandparent, who could have their lives at risk. I urge all residents to avoid large gatherings whenever possible, and remember that staying outdoors when interacting with others is much safer than indoors," said Bhalla. "The best precautions, as always, remain to wear a mask and socially distance at all practical times."
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