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Latest Jersey City + Hoboken COVID-19 Updates as of March 29, 2021

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Hoboken and Jersey City are metro hubs in NJ/NYC — so during this time with COVID-19, there is a lot going on. We’ll do our best to update you on a regular basis about the status of Coronavirus cases in Hoboken and Jersey City and New Jersey, updates to self-isolations, closings, reopenings, etc. in the most succinct manner possible — so definitely bookmark this page. {PS: Find our daily coronavirus case tracker for Hoboken + Jersey City here.}

Any news tips or updates, please email [email protected].

Hoboken Daily Updates on Coronavirus

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Updates as of March 29, 2021, in Hoboken:

  • Track Hoboken’s numbers daily here.
  • Vaccines are only available in Hoboken and New Jersey to those who are in the current Phase 1A which includes paid and unpaid persons serving in health care settings who have the potential for direct or indirect exposure to patients or infectious materials as well as residents and staff of long-term congregate settings. Once vaccine availability expands, vaccination will then be advanced by the State to Phase 1B, then Phase 1C, and then Phase 2.
  • Hudson County has recently been listed as “an extremely high risk” for COVID transmission.
  • The State of New Jersey has provided mobile COVID-19 testing options in Hudson County, open to Hoboken residents, according to a Nixle alert.
  • Indoor gatherings are now reduced to 10 people, down from 25. Outdoor gatherings are now reduced to 100, from 500, per Governor Murphy.
  • The entire Hoboken Public School District will shift to remote learning for the week of Monday, November 30th through Friday, December 4th.
  • On November 4th, the Hoboken City Council unanimously adopted an ordinance to allow for a $1,000 fine to be issued to house parties of 25 people or more, if the gathering also has one or more other City violations including disorderly house or noise, with both tenants and property owners subject to the potential fine.
  • On November 1st, Hoboken Mayor Bhalla tweeted that “21 new cases were reported yesterday {October 31st} by the Health Dpt, numbers not seen since April.” The Mayor also tweeted “If you were in a high-risk situation this weekend, please get a test Thursday or after (at least 5-7 days after potential exposure). We are well into the second wave in Hoboken and New Jersey. Remaining vigilant will help us save lives.”
  • The 17 cases on October 29th indicated the highest one-day total since the end of April according to a Nixle alert.
  • If you have  “traveled to states on New Jersey’s quarantine list, quarantine for a full 14 days when you return and get a COVID-19 test at least 5-7 days after you get back home…If you traveled to hot spots, you should act under the assumption that you had a high likelihood of infection and take the important precautions of quarantining and getting a COVID-19 test,” according to a Nixle alert.
  • States on the NJ quarantine list include Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Flordia, Georgia, Guam, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.
  • There have been 31 deaths in Hoboken from COVID-19, all of which are 51 years old and over.
  • Playgrounds reopened on Thursday, July 2nd, according to a Nixle alert.
  • Hoboken is offering antibody testing — the details.
  • The Mayor signed an executive order regarding new regulations for outdoor dining in Hoboken — the details.
  • Yoga and Pilates studios will be allowed to reopen at a 25% capacity — more info.
  • View a list of Hoboken COVID-19 testing here.
  • The Riverside Medical Group has a COVID-19 testing center in North Hoboken for all Hoboken residents and employees of Hoboken businesses. In order to be tested, you must call 201-420-5621, Monday through Friday from 9:00AM until 1:00PM to register for an appointment.
  • The City is testing all residents for antibodies — residents must register online at http://www.hobokennj.gov/antibody to get tested and will then be sent an appointment time; walk-ins will not be permitted.
  • CityMD Hoboken Urgent Care is offering COVID-19 testing at 231 Washington Street. Appointments and referrals are not required.
  • Prompt MD is offering COVID-19 testing at 309 1st Street. Schedule a tele-visit for a pre-COVID-19 test screening here.
  • An additional 250 testing appointments are now available for Hoboken residents and Hoboken business employees with sign-ups now available at http://www.hobokennj.gov/promptmd.
  • Please check the RidePATH app for real-time information about transport.
  • Garbage and recycling are still 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 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 like Grubhub and Seamless, 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.
  • The Hoboken Community Center is collecting and distributing food for those in need via their food pantry — donations can be made here, and food donations can be made through an Amazon wish-list here.
  • The two Community Emergency Response Team {CERT} COVID-19 hotlines for general information and for seniors will operate with new hours of operation, Monday-Friday between 9:00AM-1:00PM; these hotlines are General Hoboken COVID-19 hotline at 201-420-5621 and Senior COVID-19 hotline at 201-420-5625.

Jersey City Daily Updates on Coronavirus

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Updates as of March 29, 2021, in Jersey City:

From Mayor Fulop’s Facebook Page:‪

  • Track Jersey City’s numbers daily here.
  • Jersey City + Uber are providing free rides to COVID-19 vaccine appointments. See here.
  • Jersey City has a number of testing locations for residents, according to Mayor Fulop. The two locations are a walk-up testing center for all Jersey City residents at 140 MLK Drive {in the Mary McLeod Bethune Life Center} and a drive-thru location at the former DPW Complex 575 NJ-440, Jersey City. The city is providing free testing to any resident requesting it, even those without symptoms. Please call for appointments between 9:00AM-5:00PM seven days a week. The number to schedule an appointment is 201-547-5535. For those getting tested at the 465 Marin Boulevard walk-up site, appointments are no longer required.
  • Jersey City is transitioning its COVID-19 test labs to be Rapid Reliable Testing to offer 2-3 day results, according to NJBIZ.com.
  • The City began antibody testing on Monday, May 4th.
  • A number of recreational businesses can reopen their indoor spaces at 25% capacity, read more here.
  • The City government is open for services. Call 201-547-4900 to make an appointment. Residents are encouraged to sign up for the City’s SwiftReach alert system for advisories and updates.
  • Jersey City is offering an exclusive hotline for supermarket/food store worker testing — call 201-547-6800 to make an appointment to be tested. The locations are 465 Marin Boulevard, Jersey City, and a drive-thru location at the former DPW Complex 575 NJ-440, Jersey City — you must show your work ID  and must have symptoms to be tested.
  • Jersey City streets have resumed street sweeper rules as of Monday, April 27th. Street sweeping of all other streets resumed on Monday, May 4th, as well as parking enforcement. Find more information at jcnj.org/parking.

Statewide New Jersey Updates

  • Where to get a COVID-19 vaccine in NJ: Hudson County, Bergen County, + Essex County, see here.
  • As of March 19th, beaches, boardwalks, lakes, and lakeshores in New Jersey can reopen, permitted that social distancing measures are followed.
  • As of March 19th, interstate outdoor youth sports competitions can be held.
  • Summer meal sites are places where children, age 18 and under, can receive free meals. The meals are also available to persons over age 18 with mental or physical disabilities.
  • On March 19, 2021, the general indoor gathering limit is planned to increase to a maximum of 25 people and the general outdoor gathering limit is planned to increase to a maximum of 50 people.
  • Indoor gatherings for religious services and celebrations, including wedding ceremonies, funerals, and memorial services that involve a religious service, must be limited to 50 percent of a room’s capacity. Wedding ceremonies, funerals, and memorial services that do not involve a religious service must be limited to 35 percent of a room’s capacity, but no more than 150 individuals.
  • New Jersey residents can pre-register for the vaccine: https://covidvaccine.nj.gov/.
  • Governor Murphy tweeted that the F.D.A. Advisory Panel gave the green light to take the Pfizer Vaccine.
  • Governor Murphy announced the re-limiting of outdoor gatherings to 25 people starting December 7th. The only exceptions are religious or political activities, funerals, memorial services, and wedding ceremonies.
  • The New York Times has reported 315,675 confirmed cases as of November 24th.
  • Governor Phil Murphy announced on November 20th that New Jersey reported an additional 3,635 cases and an additional 23 COVID-19 related fatalities.
  • Starting November 24th, small businesses will be eligible for a total discount of nearly 70% off purchases of PPE, Gov. Murphy said.
  • On November 19th, New Jersey reported 4,320 additional COVID-19 cases, along with 34 deaths. Five of the past six days {at the time} have had over 4,000 cases. The seven-day average of reported, known cases is now higher than the first stage of the pandemic. The positivity rate for tests on Sunday was 11.74% state-wide, and the rate of transmission is 1.42 {anything above 1 indicates the virus is spreading}.
  • The governor indicated on Friday, November 6th, that he was heavily considering new restrictions to stop the spread of COVID-19 in New Jersey, which could be announced this upcoming week.
  • Governor Phil Murphy announced in a Coronvirus update on November 6th that as of Wednesday there were 1,224 patients in the state’s 71 hospitals with the coronavirus or a suspected case, an increase of 11 from the previous 24-hour period. Officials said 238 were receiving critical care with 85 on ventilators, according to numbers updated early Thursday.
  • New Jersey has set up a number of COVID-19 testing centers — find the list + FAQs here.
  • Indoor gatherings can happen at 25% of a room’s capacity, according to Gov. Murphy.
  • Gov. Murphy will allow “high-risk” contact youth sports practices to resume, according to Tap Into New Brunswick.
  • Gov. Murphy has lifted the 50% capacity limits currently enforced on NJ Transit and private-carrier buses, trains, light rail vehicles, and Access Link vehicles via executive order; face coverings are required in all NJ Transit and private-carrier indoor stations, according to Gov. Murphy.
  • “Outdoor gatherings may now increase from 100 to 250 persons maximum,” according to Gov. Muphy.
  • On Monday, June 15th, outdoor dining at restaurants began, non-essential in-person retail began, and on Monday, June 22nd, salons and barbershops opened in NJ according to Gov. Murphy.
  • Gov. Murphy will allow businesses to open up indoor spaces if the business is able to expose parts of the building to the outdoors, according to Patch.com; “If you can open up your walls or your doors to the outside and you’ve got an overhang, up until now, we didn’t allow you to do that. We’re going to allow you to do that for now forward,” Gov. Murphy said on MSNBC’s Morning Joe, Patch.com reported.
  • Hudson Regional Hospital in Secaucus is also offering appointment-only testing.
  • Mount Sinai is currently taking COVID-19 plasma donations  from patients who “had COVID-19 and have recovered” as their blood “may contain antibodies that fight the virus and can help critically ill people.” If you’d like to be screened as a volunteer, click here.

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.

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If you have questions, call the Coronavirus hotlines:

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

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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:


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 [email protected]! We appreciate it.

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