Union City’s COVID-19 cases spike by 140 in one week

The city now has 3,908 confirmed cases

COVID-19 cases have been rising amid the 2020 election. Betty Olanofrom the Office of the City Clerk drops off her Vote-by-Mail ballot at the drop box in front of City Hall. Photo courtesy of Union City.
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COVID-19 cases have been rising amid the 2020 election. Betty Olanofrom the Office of the City Clerk drops off her Vote-by-Mail ballot at the drop box in front of City Hall. Photo courtesy of Union City.

COVID-19 cases are climbing across Hudson County as New Jersey braces for a second surge. Union City recorded 3,908 confirmed cases as of Oct. 23, and 218 residents have succumbed to the virus. That is a jump of more than 100 cases since the week prior.

“We have seen a rapid spike of 140 new cases over the last week,” Mayor Brian Stack said in a COVID-19 update. “This needs to be taken seriously, and we need to ensure we are all doing what we can to be safe.”

This is the second consecutive week that cases have jumped by nearly 100. COVID-19 cases jumped from 3,712 on Oct. 9 to 3,811 on Oct. 18. The last time similar spikes were recorded was in May.

The death toll increased by five on Oct. 18 to 218.

“It is important to note that the increase in fatalities is due to reporting delays,” Stack said on Oct. 18. “However, we have seen a rapid spike of new cases over the last 30 days.”

‘Now is not the time to relax’

Stack said he understands that residents are growing tired of social distancing and face masks, but now is not the time to relax.

Residents are reminded that masks should cover the nose and mouth. Covering only themouth is ineffectiven.

An active virus and antibody testing site is on 36th Street between Bergenline Avenue and Kennedy Boulevard. For Monday and Friday appointments, call 201-537-5704.For Tuesday and Thursday appointments, call 201-366-8465.

For assistance, call Mayor Brian Stack’s office at 201-348-5757 or his cell at 201-376-1942.

COVID-19 by the numbers

On March 23, 14 residents tested positive. By March 31, there were 140. By April 7, that number had jumped to 511, and on April 11, it doubled to 1,142.

By April 21, approximately 2,106 residents were positive, with a death toll of 102. By April 28, there were 2,678 cases, and 118 deaths.

On May 2, there were 2,832 cases, and 123 deaths. By May 7, cases had topped 3,008 with 130 deaths. Cases reached 3,135 cases, with 141 deaths by May 13. By May 27, the numbers had jumped to 3,431 cases, and 148 deaths.

On June 5, the city reported 3,546 cases, and 151 deaths. No COVID-19 updates were given in July.

On Aug. 3, 3,566 cases were reported, and 190 deaths. By Aug. 28, there were 3,653 cases, and 202 deaths.

By September, the count had reached 3,646 cases, and 202 deaths. By Sept. 26, there were 3,668 cases, and 213 deaths.

On Oct. 2, there were 3,675 cases. That climbed to 3,712 by Oct. 9. By Oct. 18, the number had reached 3,811.

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