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HCCC delivers healthcare supplies to the Hudson County OEM.
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HCCC delivers healthcare supplies to the Hudson County OEM.

HCCC donates protective gear to Hudson County OEM

Gov. Phil Murphy issued an executive order on March 23 that called for businesses and non-hospital sites, including institutions of higher learning, to contribute personal protective equipment (PPE), ventilators, and respirators to local Offices of Emergency Management (OEMs).

Hudson County Community College’s Division of Nursing and Health Sciences responded to the directive by donating all of its PPE and health care supplies to the Hudson County OEM. The HCCC donation included 300 isolation gowns, 45 boxes of gloves, 175 face masks, and 60 N95 masks.

“During this crisis, we must all work together to protect our community, especially health care professionals working courageously on the front line, conducting testing, and caring for those who are the victims of novel coronavirus,” said HCCC President Dr. Christopher Reber. “We hope that in some small way our donation will help flatten the curve of the virus. We are all in this together.”

Infection spreads across Hudson County

Positive COVID-19 cases have increased in every municipality and will continue to do so as health officials expect the surge of cases to peak in one to two weeks.

As of March 30, the total count of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Hudson County included:

  • 334 cases in Jersey City,
  • 117 cases in North Bergen,
  • 103 cases in Bayonne,
  • 96 cases in Hoboken,
  • 89 cases in Union City,
  • 77 cases in West New York,
  • 50 cases in Secaucus,
  • and 38 cases in Weehawken.

F.A.Mackenzie Unit 165 American Legion announces Jersey Girls State

The F.A. Mackenzie Unit 165 American Legion Auxiliary, Bayonne,  has announced the name of the student chosen to represent them at this year’s Jersey Girls State program.

The delegate is Melissa Tlatelpa, a junior at Bayonne High School. The alternate delegates are Petra Ghaly and Aisha Coello both BHS juniors.

The 2020 Jersey Girls State program was scheduled to be held at Georgian Court University in Lakewood, but because of the uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic and for the safety of the volunteers and delegates, this year’s program will be virtual.

The Girls State program was first presented in 1937.  Its purpose is to teach delegates about the state government, political process, and leadership.  This program is open to girls in the Junior year of High School. Linda Harris is Unit 165 President and Girls Star chairman.

Senior citizens only shopping hours at local stores

The following stores in Bayonne will be hosting special hours for senior citizens and people with disabilities to shop amid the COVID-19 pandemic:

  • Stop & Shop at 1 Lefante Way from 6 to 7:30 a.m. every day
  • Aqui Supermarket at Broadway and 55th Street from 7 to 8 a.m. every day
  • Walgreens at 699 Broadway, 12 North Street, and 1080 Broadway from 8 to 9 a.m. on Tuesdays
  • ShopRite at Avenue C and 26th Street from 7 to 8 a.m. on Wednesdays

For additional information, call the Bayonne Urban Enterprise Zone at (201) 858-6357.

Garbage and recycling pickup moved to early morning

Mayor James Davis advised residents that garbage and recycling will be picked up early from now on, starting at 3:30 a.m.

Residents are urged to put their garbage and recycling out the night before scheduled pickups to ensure that their refuse is collected. Garbage or recycling that is placed at curbside too late in the morning on collection days will not be picked up.

Refuse that is not picked up would have to be held back until the next scheduled pickup day.  Suburban Disposal has the garbage and recycling contracts.

Certification of continued occupancy suspended

Any property owner who requires a CCO to be issued, and the structure is residential and occupied, will not be subject to an inspection prior to the issuance of the CCO.

An owner of an occupied structure will be required to submit to the Construction Official a sworn certification that the structure satisfies the City’s CCO requirements. They are required to comply with the procedures to acquire a CCO of occupied residential structures on the city’s website.

Hudson County COVID-19 testing hotlines

Residents may call and set up an appointment, after they have been screened for symptoms, and they can be tested without prescription and for free. The hotlines for Hudson County residents are (201) 388-1097, and (646) 862-1161.

Port Authority online hiring session

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey will hold a recruitment Webinar on April 2, from noon to 1 p.m.

For more information and to register, RSVP to Police_Recruitment@panynj.gov.

The open application period will run from March 16 until April 5.

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