Mayor Ravi Bhalla has announced that a Hoboken man in his 40’s has tested positive for Coronavirus or COVID-19. The affected individual has been kept in self-isolation at home according to Bhalla, and the city Health Department has been in close contact with the individual, who is “experiencing mild symptoms and is expected to recover fully.”
According to Bhalla the Health Department has been developing a timeline of events, and people who may have come into contact with the man are being notified to self-quarantine and are being monitored closely by the Health Department.
“To be clear, we unfortunately anticipate the likelihood of additional positive COVID-19 cases to be confirmed in the days and weeks ahead, which have not yet been discovered,” said Bhalla. “However, we are doing everything possible to limit the spread of COVID-19 through proactive measures and regulations. I greatly appreciate the community’s cooperation during this challenging time.”
The Health Department recommends that residents who believe they have been exposed to a confirmed case should contact their healthcare provider first instead of going to the emergency room.
CarePoint Health, operator of Hoboken University Medical Center, is urging all residents to observe this protocol to keep the emergency room available for those needing critical emergency care.
Residents are instructed to call 9-1-1 if they are having a medical emergncy and can also contact the Health Department at 201-420-2000 ext. 5211 if they believe they were exposed to a confirmed case of COVID-19.
“As an important reminder – please continue washing your hands frequently, avoid putting your hands in your mouth and eyes, avoid contact with others if you feel sick, and maintain a clean environment through frequent disinfecting of common areas,” said Bhalla.
For FAQs about COVID-19, please visit www.nj.gov/health or call the New Jersey COVID-19 hotline at 1-800-222-1222 or if using out-of-state phone line 1-800-962-1253.
Trained healthcare professionals are standing by to answer 24/7.