Hoboken Public Schools Resume In-Person Classes With COVID-19 Testing Prior to Entry

The Hoboken Public School District has returned to in-person classes after temporarily reverting to virtual learning for the two weeks surrounding Thanksgiving. The district had set up mandatory COVID-19 testing for all students prior to returning {as well as optional for staff} and results showed that over a dozen students and one adult tested positive for the virus.

To be on the safe side, the district closed for an entire after the Thanksgiving holiday to prevent the potential spread of COVID-19 when the Hoboken Public Schools students and faculty returned.

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On November 15th, in a message to Hoboken Public Schools families on the school’s website and newsletter, Superintendent Christine Johnson wrote, “In an effort to reduce the possibility of COVID-19 transmission after holiday exposure, the entire Hoboken Public School District will shift to remote learning for the week of Monday, November 30th through Friday, December 4th.” It was then updated to the week prior to Thanksgiving included as well.

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Now that school is back in session and there have been 17 positive COVID-19 cases found during the preliminary testing, the school will take the following steps, according to Superintendent Christine Johnson, “If a student or staff member tests positive for COVID-19, we are required to create and submit a contract trace list that identifies all individuals that were within 6ft for 15 cumulative minutes within a 24 hour period to the Department of Health.”

Latest Covid Updates in Hoboken:

December 2: 12 new cases
December 3: 16 new cases
December 4: 21 new cases

According to the Hoboken Health Department, since the beginning of the pandemic, there have been 1,516 known, confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Hoboken along with 1,112 full recoveries and 32 deaths.

In a press release this weekend, Mayor Bhalla encouraged local businesses to have their employees tested.

Mayor Ravi S. Bhalla is encouraging employees of all Hoboken businesses who have frequent interactions with customers to get tested for COVID-19. The City of Hoboken has partnered with ivee to offer new testing options for employees of any Hoboken business this Wednesday and Thursday at the Multi-Service Center (124 Grand Street) between 8:00 am and 3:30 pm.

Contact tracing from the Hoboken Health Department has indicated some recent COVID-19 cases have been traced to employees at various Hoboken bars and restaurants.

“We encourage all employees of Hoboken businesses who are in contact with a number of customers on a regular basis to get tested for COVID-19, especially given the surge in recent cases,” said Mayor Bhalla. “Our small business employees have been going above and beyond to help keep our residents safe, and we in turn as a City want to do everything we can to ensure their well-being. I thank ivee for working with us to provide additional testing for employees this week.”

Appointments with ivee are required and available on a first-come, first-serve basis, and can be scheduled using the following links:

Wednesday, December 9: www.hobokennj.gov/iveedecember9

Thursday, December 10: www.hobokennj.gov/iveedecember10

Testing with ivee is available to both Hoboken residents and employees of Hoboken businesses. An employee of a Hoboken businesses does not need to live in Hoboken in order to schedule a test. At the testing site, proof of residency or proof of employment at a Hoboken business is required. The City will pay for the cost of a test for any employee or resident who does not have health insurance.

Hospitalizations have increased to 24 COVID-19 patients at the Hoboken University Medical Center, which now includes five Hoboken residents.

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