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Rate of positive cases substantially down in North Bergen, Sacco says

Palisades Medical Center to start testing asymptomatic residents in coming weeks

Mayor Sacco addressed North Bergen by video regarding COVID-19 in March. Photo by AlphaDog Solutions.

Mayor Nicholas Sacco updated the North Bergen community on May 8 on the status of the township’s experience with the COVID 19 pandemic.

“As of today, we have 2,290 positive cases in North Bergen, and unfortunately 162 of our residents have passed away,” Mayor Sacco said on social media.

That was the first update on the death toll in North Bergen since April 22, when 110 residents were reported to have passed away from the virus. Of those who have died, 66 were senior citizens living in local nursing homes.

Once declared a COVID-19 hot spot by Gov. Phil Murphy back in March, the township is now seeing the rate of new positive cases slow down substantially. The slowdown  is an encouraging sign that shows that social distancing efforts are working to flatten the curve in North Bergen.

“I thank all North Bergen residents and businesses for their cooperation and urge you to continue social distancing, wearing masks in public, and washing hands frequently,” Sacco continued. “We are gradually rolling out additional testing programs, which started with our first responders and township employees who interact with the public.”

Testing is key

In addition to those tests, North Bergen has tested all nursing home residents and is in the process of testing all residents of Housing Authority senior buildings.

Within the next week, Mayor Sacco expects to announce expanded testing options for township residents without symptoms through a partnership with Palisades Medical Center. Health experts believe testing is key to slowing the spread of the disease because it might detect residents sick with the virus but not showing any symptoms.

Residents are advised to visit www.northbergen.org or follow “Township of North Bergen” on social media for up-to-date information.

Mayor Sacco reminded residents that the deadline for payment of second-quarter property taxes has been delayed to June first. He also asked residents to complete the 2020 census, which is important to ensure North Bergen gets appropriate federal funding.

“Thank you for your support and cooperation during this difficult time,” Mayor Sacco said. “North Bergen is a strong community and we are going to get through this together.”

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