These Hudson County Municipalities Have the Most Coronavirus Cases

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The coronavirus outbreak has turned up positive cases throughout the United States. In fact, according to New York Times, at least 701,396 people have been affected in every U.S. state, including Washington, D.C., and four U.S. territories —  Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico. While New York City continues to be a hub for the virus — with 131,263 confirmed cases and 8,893 total deaths as of April 18 — New Jersey isn’t faring much better.

Locally, Jersey City is getting the most attention. There have been 9,636 positive cases of coronavirus in Hudson County and 420 deaths. Based on the numbers, that means that Jersey City alone is accounting for 34 percent of cases and 55 percent of the deaths in the county.

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Even still, Jersey City is hardly the only Hudson County municipality to be hard hit by the virus. There are several other municipalities — namely, smaller ones — throughout the county that are also dealing with their fair share of diagnoses and sadly, fatalities.

Keep reading for the  Hudson County municipalities hit hardest by COVID.

Jersey City

Jersey City is undoubtedly the hardest hit municipality in Hudson County. Directly across the Hudson River from Manhattan, JC has produced 3,285 positive cases as of April 18 and has seen a total of 233 fatalities due to coronavirus.

As mentioned above, Jersey City is accounting for 34 percent of all Hudson County cases, as well as more than half of the coronavirus-related deaths in Hudson County.

That’s not all — Hudson County View also reports that Jersey City has the second most confirmed cases in the state. Newark, which is not a part of Hudson County, currently has the most cases in New Jersey with Newark Mayor Ras Baraka confirming 3,711 cases.

Mayor Steven Fulop said in a statement that he believes testing is the key to lowering Jersey City’s numbers.

“We know testing is paramount to stopping the spread of the virus and we will continue to periodically move the sites around the City to make sure we are serving the most people,” Fulop said.

For those who are displaying COVID-19 symptoms and would like a test, testing is now taking place at 140 Martin Luther King Drive at the Mary McCleod Bethune Life Center.

North Bergen

Behind Jersey City is North Bergen, with a total of 1,356 positive diagnoses of coronavirus, according to NJ.com. Based on population, North Bergen is displaying double the rate of infected patients versus population than in Jersey City.

“North Bergen has been very proactive in dealing with COVID-19, by performing aggressive contact tracing on residents who test positive and constantly disseminating information to our community through various means,” North Bergen Health Director Janet Castro said. “We are actively monitoring our long-term care facilities and are receiving daily updates from the management at these facilities.”

North Bergen also has the second most coronavirus-related deaths, coming in just behind Jersey City. According to NJ.com, as of April 18, North Bergen has reported 102 deaths total at a rate of 1.65 as per every 1,000 residents.

See More: The Latest Hoboken + Jersey City COVID-19 Updates

Union City

Just behind North Bergen is Union City, which has 1,346 confirmed cases as of April 18. Union City has seen significantly less deaths, however, reporting 50 total.

In an official statement on his authorized Facebook page, Union City Mayor Brian P. Stack wrote, “This number may seem alarming, but please don’t panic and remember that more people are getting tested and treated than ever before. Testing saves lives.”

Stack continued, “Worldwide more than 464,000 people have fully recovered from this virus. That number can continue to grow by staying home and those with symptoms getting tested and treated.”

For those in Union City displaying symptoms, the testing facility in Union City is located at the Municipal Lot on 36th Street between Bergenline and Kennedy. Testing is done by appointment only and appointments can be made by calling 201-366-8465.

Mayor Stack also included in his Facebook post that anyone in need of assistance with food should call his office at 201-348-5757 or his cell at 201-376-1942. He also shared the numbers to NJ Mental Health  Cares — 866-202-HELP — and the National Suicide Hotline — 1800-273-8255.

“We are one Union City,” Mayor Stack added. “We are stronger together and we will get through this together.”

West New York

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As of April 18, West New York has 1,136 positive cases of coronavirus cases and has had 59 deaths. If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, log onto covid19.nj to find the closest testing center near you.

West New York is also asking people to text “Add 3498708” to 51430 to sign up for WNY updates on the coronavirus.

Bayonne

Bayonne has also been hit hard. A total of 560 residents have reportedly contracted coronavirus; while as many as 75 have recovered, 26 also passed away. Last weekend was a particularly rough patch for Bayonne, as four Bayonne residents — all four of which were over the age of 53 died from coronavirus from April 10 to 12, Bayonne Office of Emergency Management confirmed.

Sadly, drive-thru testing sites in Bayonne were shut down on Monday, April 13 due to inclement weather. There has been no word yet if the site at Ahern Veterans Stadium has reopened yet.

Kearny

According to NJ.com, Kearny has registered the sixth highest numbers of coronavirus cases, reporting 478 as of April 18. Kearny has also experienced 21 deaths.

Hoboken

The City of Hoboken has reported 372 positive cases of coronavirus and has had 19 deaths to date. All of the deaths in Hoboken were people 51 years and older.

According to the latest Nixle alert as of April 13 regarding recovery, nearly 100 Hoboken residents have made full recoveries from coronavirus. The age group with the most confirmed cases is between 31 and 40. Hoboken also had two confirmed cases of children under the age of 16.

Hoboken declared a State of Emergency back on March 12, which has since been extended indefinitely. If you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, an appointment-only testing center is open in North Hoboken. Call ahead at 201-863-3346 to make an appointment.

As of April 17, the Riverside Medical Group testing site started rapid testing.

“These new, rapid tests are agame-changer for Hoboken, as those tested will have less uncertainty regarding their own health, ensure our first responders aren’t out of work while waiting for results, and will allow for more efficient investigations into close contacts and recommendations of self-quarantine from the Health Department,” Mayor Bhalla wrote in the Nixle alert.

Secaucus

Secaucus has had 264 confirmed cases of coronavirus at a rate of 12.7 per 1,000 residents. Nine coronavirus-related deaths have been reported in total.

In a recent update to his official Facebook page, Secaucus Mayor Mike Gonnelli wrote, “We have also been receiving donations of much-needed masks, gloves, and sanitizers that our first responders could use during the pandemic. There are many residents and groups that have started sewing reusable cotton masks for other residents. These small acts of kindness show how strong and caring our community really is.”

Mayor Gonnelli added, “And most importantly, thank you to all the residents who are staying home, wearing masks in public, and for doing your part to stop the spread of the virus.”

Weehawken

NJ.com reports that the Weehawken Township has confirmed at least 176 cases of coronavirus, six of which have ended in a fatality. Weehawken’s rate of coronavirus spread is noted as 11.8 as per every 1,000 residents.

According to a recent post from the Weehawken Township Government Page on Facebook, the Weehawken government is recommending, along with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, for everyone who goes outside to wear a mask that covers their nose and mouth.

The same post also requested that parents immediately cease playdates. “Parents, we are getting reports that many of you understandably are setting up playdates with other children in peoples’ homes or public spaces. This should stop immediately. You may be putting your children and families in danger,” the statement adds.

Harrison

Harrison has reported 182 cases of coronavirus and nine deaths total, according to Town of Harrison website. Of the coronavirus-related deaths in Harison, a 44-year-old female, 48-year-old male, 74-year-old male, 75-year-old female, 75-year-old male, and a 76-year-old male have passed away from March 31 to April 15.

In a message to residents, Harrison Mayor James A. Fife wrote on the Harrison website, “First of all, I hope that you and your loved ones are healthy and safe during this crisis. If you need any assistance whatsoeever, please call my office at 973-268-2444.”

Mayor Fife added that police, fire, and ambulance services will continue without limitation, as well as the Town Clerk, Tax Collector, Construction, Finance, and Vital Statistics departments. However, public access to these departments is currently limited.

If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, log onto covid19.nj to find the closest testing center near you.

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Stephanie Osmanski writes honest things about health, the planet, and being a woman. Her words have appeared on Business Insider, Parade, Eat This Not That, Dogster, Scary Mommy, Green Matters, Parents, Seventeen, Life & Style, InTouch Weekly, and more. Her articles have been syndicated on World Economic Forum, MSN, MSN UK, and MSN Canada. In her free time, Stephanie and her registered therapy dog, Koda, volunteer at local hospitals, nursing homes, and other healthcare facilities.