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Union City seeks to open second testing center for residents only

Drive-thru testing centers operate across the county, like this one in Secaucus.
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Drive-thru testing centers operate across the county, like this one in Secaucus.

As some Hudson County municipalities flatten the curve of COVID-19, others are not so lucky. Union City is a hot spot, currently dealing with a surge of cases.

On April 6, North Hudson municipalities set up a joint testing site in partnership with the North Hudson Community Action Corporation in Union City.

To curtail the spread of the virus in Union City, Mayor Brian Stack announced the city was coordinating plans to open a second COVID-19 testing site for Union City residents only.

“We are working on opening a second testing site for Union City residents,” Stack said. “Testing is so important to getting people treated and saving lives. In the next few days, we will be providing more information on this second testing site.”

On April 18, Union City surpassed North Bergen with the highest number of cases and the highest number of deaths in North Hudson, as the city coped with being a virus hot spot. West New York and North Bergen have also been declared hot spots for COVID-19 by Gov. Phil Murphy.

According to a daily COVID-19 update on May 6, there were 2,973 residents who have tested positive for the virus, and 130 residents who have died.

Stay masked

Social distancing and mandatory mask policies remain in place in Union City in all public places, according to Stack.

“Everyone is required to wear a mask or cloth face covering in public,” Stack said. “This could vary from anything from a surgical mask, cloth mask, scarf or bandana. The important thing is to keep your nose and mouth covered.”

Public places prone to spreading the virus are also being cleaned.

The Department of Public Works continues to clean and disinfect city streets, parks, and bus stops. Workers clean on rotation. On May 6, they disinfected all the side streets from 6th street to 49th street.

“Each day they continue to disinfect and sanitize another area of the city,” Stack said.

In addition to the cleaning, improvements are being made throughout the city.  The roads that have been damaged by the utility companies doing work are being repaired and will continue to be repaired throughout the next few months, according to Stack.

“Please take time to check in with your family, friends, and neighbors,” Stack said, “whether it is by phone, text messages, Facebook, or other social media. Having someone to talk to is very important, especially during this time.”

Residents in need of assistance may call Stack’s office at 201-348-5757 or his cell phone at 201-376-1942.

“We are one Union City,” he said. “We are stronger together, and we will get through this together.”

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