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Hoboken mayor warns of spike in COVID-19 cases

Posted at 5:32 PM, Jul 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-04 17:32:19-04

HOBOKEN, N.J. — Hoboken has opened up this street so residents can enjoy the outdoors while social distancing but Mayor Ravi Bhalla announced Saturday that there's been a spike in COVID-19 cases in the last few days.

He’s urging residents to wear masks and quarantine if you’re returning from out of state.

From June 20 to July 1 Hoboken saw 30 new cases but 13 have been reported in the past two days, the highest two-day total in the city since May.

According to the health department, those who tested positive are all under the age of 45 and had returned from hotspot states and attended group gatherings, both in and outdoors.

“All 13 cases traveled to states with alarming rates of COVID-19,” said Bhalla. “Some of them who tested positive showed no symptoms.”

Bhalla making the announcement Saturday morning, outside the Riverside Medical outdoor testing facility.

“If residents aren’t careful and we don’t take this recent trend seriously, we could set our region back further to the point of stay-at-home orders, closing businesses and more.”

He’s urging residents in Hoboken to quarantine for 14 days if they’re returning from a state with a spike in COVID-19 cases.

Meanwhile, city streets like Sinatra Drive have been closed to cars and open for residents to take a summer stroll, bike or just sit and enjoy the NYC view from across the Hudson River.

It’s part of Hoboken’s open and slow streets program, to create additional space for socially distant outdoor activities this holiday weekend.

The mayor saying, now more than ever, it’s important to social distance and wear face coverings.

“If you’re not wearing a face mask you’re literally putting other people in danger,” Bhalla said.