HOBOKEN, NJ - Rising COVID case counts indicate that while there may be a light at the end of the tunnel, we're still very much in the tunnel here in Hudson County.

Hoboken had 282 reported positive cases in the past week, bring the city's total to 4,532 confirmed COVID-19 cases, along with 49 COVID-19 related fatalities. 15 patients with COVID-19 are hospitalized locally, including two Hoboken residents.

Hoboken Health Department's contact tracing reportedly indicates that many of the new cases stem from indoor parties, social gatherings of friends and non-household members, indoor recreation activities, and subsequent spread among household members. There has been a degree spreading within schools, with 300 children having either tested positive or quarantined throughout the month of March.

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Due to the vaccination efforts, new cases of residents above 60 years of age have fallen dramatically. Broader eligibility enacted this week should continue that trend, provided vaccine supplies can keep step with demand.

 "Governor Murphy... announced that all New Jersey residents ages 16 and up will be eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine as of Monday, April 19," said Hoboken Mayor Ravi Bhalla. "While not everyone will be able to get an appointment that day or in the days after that given the expected high demand, residents will be able to pre-register to eventually receive the vaccine through the Hoboken Health Department and Carepoint, as well as certain other locations in New Jersey."

The State of New Jersey released a new, user-friendly portal to search for available appointments state-wide. To use this new system, visit https://covid19.nj.gov/pages/finder. A twitter account is also helping residents find available appointments: twitter.com/nj_vaccine.  

Hudson County recently received more vaccines from New Jersey, which they’re administering at their site in Kearny by appointment which can be scheduled at https://hudsoncovidvax.org/ 
"As before, we strongly encourage residents to get vaccinated when eligible," said Bhalla, "and to utilize the first vaccine option available to you."

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