Hudson Reporter Briefs

Hoboken has posted signs along waterfront open space to remind people to maintain social distances of six feet. Photo by Alyssa Bredin Quiros.
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Hoboken has posted signs along waterfront open space to remind people to maintain social distances of six feet. Photo by Alyssa Bredin Quiros.

Hoboken seeks nurses

According to Mayor Ravi Bhalla, Hoboken is in need of volunteer public health nurses and epidemiologists to assist with managing COVID-19 data.

Email Director of Health and Human Services Leo Pellegrini at lpellegrini@hobokennj.gov with the subject “public health nurse & epidemiologist.”


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.

Countywide creativity contest announced

With kids learning remotely, Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez announced a drawing and creativity contest.

The “How Much We Love Hudson County Drawing and Creativity Contest” aims to have children share what they love about their towns through drawing, video, poems, and more.

The contest is open to all students, grades pre-k to 12.

Entries should be submitted to CreativityContest@hcpo.org by Friday, April 24.

For more information, go to www.hudsoncountyprosecutorsofficenj.org/programs.

Jersey City launches registry for local restaurants

Since all restaurants have been mandated to serve only via delivery or takeout during the State of Emergency, Jersey City has created a digital business registry on its website, www.jerseycitynj.gov, listing names and contact info for food-distributor registrants.

Registration is free.

“The reality is social distancing is saving lives, but it also has hurt the prospects of restaurants and food establishments,” said Mayor Steven Fulop. “This food registry is our latest effort to inform our residents while helping our small business owners.”

North Bergen is contact-tracing COVID-19 cases

The North Bergen Department of Health continues to release daily updates on the number of individuals who have tested positive for the coronavirus in the state, county, and municipality.

Health officials conduct a thorough “contact tracing” investigation, determining who has been in contact with the individual, and reaching out to him or her to advise of next steps.

Hudson County Community College donates PPE equipment

Hudson County Community College’s Division of Nursing and Health Sciences donated all its PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) and healthcare supplies to the Hudson County Office of Emergency Management (OEM).

The donation included 300 isolation gowns, 45 boxes of gloves, 175 face masks, and 60 N95 masks.

Blood drive announced in Hoboken

Hospitals are in need of blood donations due to cancellations of blood drives across the region.

All Saints Episcopal Day School at Seventh and Washington streets will host blood drives on April 2 and April 3, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m..

To register for April 2: https://donor.cbsblood.org/donor/schedules/drive_schedule/52406

To register for April 3:

https://donor.cbsblood.org/donor/schedules/drive_schedule/52407

North Bergen court sessions cancelled through April

Court sessions are cancelled through April 24. The township will reschedule cases scheduled during that time.

No one needs to call the court to request a new date. The township is not issuing late fees, suspensions, or warrants during this time.

Payments can still be made at the judiciary website www.njmcdirect.com or by dropping off a check or money order in the box inside the court vestibule.

The court office is closed, but will be available by phone at 201-392-2088.

West New York man arrested for package theft in Hoboken

Hoboken police arrested West New York resident Juan C. Ruiz, 33, on March 24 near 800 Jackson St, allegedly carrying several unopened packages addressed to other people.

Ruiz was charged with burglary, theft, resisting arrest, and obstruction.

Police officers contacted the owners of the packages and confirmed that they were stolen.

Ruiz was taken to the Hudson County Jail, and he is considered innocent until proven guilty.