Latest Jersey City + Hoboken COVID-19 Updates as of March 29, 2020 | Daily

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Hoboken and Jersey City are metro hubs in NJ/NYC — so during this time, there is a lot going on. We’ll do our best to update you on a regular basis about the status of cases, updates to self-isolations, etc. in the most succinct manner possible, so definitely bookmark this page. We’ll be sharing updates each morning with any new developments so that you have it all in one place if you live in Hoboken or Jersey City and are wanting Coronavirus updates on the regular.

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Hoboken Daily Updates on Coronavirus

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Updates as of March 29th, 2020 in Hoboken:

  • -There are 85 total cases in Hoboken, according to Mayor Bhalla via Nixle alert.
  • – The Riverside Medical Group has opened an appointment-only testing center in North Hoboken on Saturday, March 21st. As of right now, the testing center will conduct testing for Riverside patients only. We are hoping that this testing center can obtain additional testing kits soon to expand capacity. In order to be tested, you must call 201-863-3346 to book an appointment.
  • -Hoboken is on self-isolation, meaning shelter in place.
  • -Travel by vehicle or public transportation is permitted for essential needs, purchasing of food, care for family members, health care, or employment if necessary.
  • -Hoboken has closed all non-essential businesses but is allowing restaurants to stay open for delivery and takeout.
  • -All bars, malls, movie theaters, daycares, fitness centers, schools, etc closed.
  • -Schools are open serving food daily to students in need/rely on free breakfast/lunch.
  • -All travel on public transport or vehicle is restricted for employment purposes only. Restaurants are permitted through delivery and take-out service only, grocery stores, supermarkets, bodegas, banks, restaurants with food, pharmacies, and coffee shops can remain open until 8:00PM curfew.
  • -Designated hours for seniors and other resident populations at Kings and Shoprite. 7-8AM {in effect as of today}, and ShopRite from 7-8AM beginning Friday. Acme will be hosting these designated hours from 7-9AM starting tomorrow.
  • -Whole Foods in Weehawken will now also service customers who are 60 and older one hour before opening to the general public, under the new adjusted hours posted on the store’s web page.
  • -Garbage and recycling is permitted to be put out at 4:00PM citywide
  • -HOP services have been shut  down with the exception of the senior shuttle.
  • -If you’re ordering delivery or takeout from a local Hoboken businesses, a quick and easy way to give the business a few extra dollars is to order directly by calling the business, as opposed to mobile applications which charge a service fee.‬
  • -Although meter regulations will remain in effect, individuals who receive a parking ticket and believe it was issued in error or there are extenuating circumstances do not need a Court appearance and can instead plead by mail, according to new rules announced by the New Jersey Supreme Court. Download the form here.
  • – All short-term rentals, including Airbnb, are now prohibited until further notice in Hoboken, following an order issued by the Office of  Emergency Management, according to Mayor Bhalla via Nixle alert.
  • – All house parties or any party with five people or more are not permitted in Hoboken, according to Mayor Bhalla.
  • – According to Mayor Bhalla, Hoboken’s Office of Emergency Management and the Hoboken CERT Team is organizing a food resource center at the former YMCA at 13th and Washington Street for donations of food and goods — the types of goods to donate, how to donate, and volunteer opportunities will be announced in the next few days.
  • – Trader Joe’s + Walgreens in Hoboken have created designated office hours for seniors between 8:00AM-9:00AM on a daily basis, according to Mayor Bhalla via Nixle alert. “During this hour, the store won’t be closed to all other customers, but rather seniors will be given preference to enter the store,” he explained. “Trader Joe’s is instituting a 50-person occupancy limit as well, with only half of the registers remaining open in order to create social distancing from 9:00AM-10:00AM daily. Walgreens has also created an hour specifically for seniors {55 and older} between 8:00AM and 9:00AM every Tuesday, beginning tomorrow.”
  • – The City of Hoboken has partnered with an organization called “Help Main Street” to provide a central resource for locating gift cards for Hoboken businesses, according to Mayor Bhalla via Nixle alert. “By visiting http://www.helpmainstreet.com and plugging in Hoboken’s zip code, you can find over 75 local small businesses that offer online gift cards in one location. Purchasing online gift cards is an immediate way for residents to provide financial assistance to our struggling businesses while also practicing social distancing,” he said.
  • – The City of Hoboken is now collecting and distributing food for those in need — donations can be made here, and food donations can be made through an Amazon wish-list here.
  • Due to a drop in ridership, NY Waterway has suspended its trans-Hudson.
  • – The Hoboken Community Center,  the City, and more will be forming a food pantry. For those who would like to volunteer, call 551-285-6444 or email hobokenfoodnow@gmail.com.
  • The county is looking for medical + non-medical volunteers to help at the COVID-19 testing site in Secaucus. Medical workers are needed between 9:00AM-6:00PM to help conduct testing, and non-medical workers between 9:00AM-9:00PM to help schedule testing appointments at a call center. For those interested in volunteering should contact Christina Butieg-Bianco of Hudson Regional Health Commission via email at cbutieb@hudsonregionalhealth.org.
  • – Schools will likely be closed until at least April, 17th; closure, regulations, and rules, including street sweeping, will be suspended through at least April 3rd, according to Mayor Bhalla via Nixle alert.
  • – A local resident has put together a signup sheet to help those who are unable to go out of the house right now due to the pandemic. If you are a Hoboken resident and would like to participate in volunteering your time to help assist in the needs for others that are unable to go out, please add your name, neighborhood, availability, and contact info here.
  • – On March 28th at 7:00PM, join the Hoboken Girl team ins showing our gratitude for those working on the frontlines of this pandemic — we’ll be doing a Hoboken + JC wide clap. Get more information here.
  • – Hoboken’s first-ever Special Improvement District, the Hoboken Business Alliance, launched a website; this website provides up to date information on some important resources for small businesses at both the state and federal level. Here is the non-essential v. essential businesses list for Hoboken:

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Mayor Bhalla hosted a Facebook live town hall on March 18th about Hoboken and COVID-19 at 4:00PM via his Facebook. Place any questions you have here.

Jersey City Daily Updates on Coronavirus

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Updates as of March 29th, 2020 in Jersey City:

From Mayor Fulop’s Facebook Page:‪

  • – There are 334 positive cases in Jersey City according to Mayor Fulop.
  • – Jersey City will be initiating two testing locations for residents, according to Mayor Fulop. The two locations are a walk-up testing center at 465 Marin Boulevard, Jersey City and a drive-thru location at the former DPW Complex 575 NJ-440, Jersey City. In order to be tested, you must have symptoms + proof of Jersey City residency or ID. Please call for appointments between 9:00AM-5:00PM seven days a week. The number to schedule an appointment is 201-547-5535.
  • – The City of Jersey City has joined forces with three hotels to provide more shelter for the city’s homeless residents, as well as expanded “public accessible shower program, [and] we expanded the care/sanitary kits we’re giving our homeless residents as they come for assistance,” according to Mayor Fulop via Twitter.
  • -There are 2 confirmed cases within the Jersey City Police Department.
  • -16 police officers are being quarantined for various reasons
  • -42 officers are out with various symptoms, 24 officers had symptoms but recovered and returned to work, according to Mayor Fulop
  • -Christ Hospital has set up a new protocol for accessing the hospital as a precaution to better screen patients.
  • -JC’s first cases were healthcare professionals.
  • -Local JC ‪hospitals have set up tents to better screen people coming into the ER to not overwhelm the system and to not contaminate medical professionals.
  • -Jersey City has closed all non-essential businesses but is allowing restaurants to stay open for delivery and takeout.
  • -All bars, malls, movie theaters, daycares, fitness centers, schools, etc closed. Laundry mats are open.
  • -Restaurants/bars not permitted to sell alcohol to-go.
  • -Social distancing recommended, and inquiries for helping the elderly are not recommended at this time — as they want to keep the voluntary quarantines in place to protect the most vulnerable.
  • -Of the 5 from March 17, 2 of them are in the hospital, the other 3 are recovering at home.
  • -‪To facilitate additional parking relief for residents, school parking lots will be open to the general public while schools are closed.
  • – According to the City of Jersey City Twitter account, zone permits, alternate side parking, and driveway painting have been suspended until further notice.
  • -Schools are open serving food daily to students in need/rely on free breakfast/lunch.
  • -Parks are now closed in Jersey City.
  • – The Jersey City Council will be hosting a virtual meeting on Wednesday, March 25th at 6:00PM — view the meeting here.
  • – City government is still open for services. Call 201-547-4900 to make an appointment. Residents are encouraged to sign up for our city’s SwiftReach alert system for advisories and updates.
  • –  Jersey City councilman Rolando Lavarro has “tested positive for COVID-19 and is self-isolating at home,” according to NJ.com.

  • -Grocery stores in Jersey City will have special supermarket shopping times for “seniors, the  frail, people with special needs, and pregnant women.”

Mayor Fulop is having a 3PM press conference daily on Facebook Live, which can be found here on Jersey City’s Facebook page.

Statewide Updates

  • -As of March 29th, Gov. Phil Murphy has announced 11,124 confirmed cases.
  • -New Jersey has set up a number of COVID-19 testing centers — find the list + FAQs here.
  • – As of March 29th, Hudson County has 771 confirmed cases, according to Gov. Murphy.
  • Following Gov. Murphy’s order banning social gatherings of any size, he’s also warned residents that “they should expect a law enforcement crackdown for those ignoring the near lockdown on the state,” according to NJ.com.
  • Hudson Regional Hospital in Secaucus will be offering appointment-only testing on Tuesday, March 24th, according to NJ.com.
  • – After working with Citi Bank, Chase, U.S. Bank, Wells Fargo, Bank of America, and 40 other financial institutions, Gov. Murphy is “announcing a 90-day grace period for mortgage payments for borrowers economically impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak,” according to a Twitter announcement

What to do if you feel sick:

As a reminder the first step is not to go to the ER, it is to go to your doctor. As an additional resource, find a health center near you here.

If you have questions, call the Coronavirus hotlines:

The hotline for general COVID-19 issues pertaining to Hoboken: 201-420-5620

The hotline for seniors needing assistance: 201-420-5626

You may also contact the Hoboken Health Department at 201-420-2000 ext. 5211

In Jersey City, call 201-547-5208 before going to a medical facility.

New Jersey hotline for Coronavirus:

800-222-1222

Emergency alert sign-up:

To sign up for emergency alerts, text your zip code to: 888777.

To keep track of the # of confirmed positive Coronavirus cases in New Jersey, click here. It is updated by the hour.

Again, we will keep you updated on this developing news. For additional resources, consult the New Jersey Department of Health, the CDC’s FAQ page, and the CDC’s COVID-19 page.

Got a news tip? Let us know — email us at hello@hobokengirl.com! We appreciate it.


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Jen is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Hoboken Girl. She started the site to discover and share the wealth of things happening in Hudson County. Her roots in the area extend to her maternal grandparents, who owned two textile factories in Weehawken and North Bergen. When not planning the next Hoboken Girl event/volunteer project or editing her life away, she can usually be found shopping at local boutiques, eating an Insta-worthy meal, walking her French bulldog + rescue pup, or watching the latest murder doc on Netflix with her husband.