North Hudson COVID-19 cases skyrocket

Mayor Stack: "This needs to be taken seriously"

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Across North Hudson, COVID-19 cases have been surging over the past week. Union City, North Bergen, and West New York have witnessed the biggest spike, while Secaucus, Guttenberg, and Weehawken have experienced a smaller uptick.

Gov. Phil Murphy said the recent rise across the state has not been the result of the reopening of schools or businesses, but due to private indoor gatherings.

North Hudson residents can get tested for COVID-19 and antibodies at the virus testing site in Union City 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.

Union City

As of Oct. 29, Union City has 4,097 confirmed cases, and 222 residents have died.

This marks a rapid spike of 206 new cases over the last week, up from 3,891 on Oct. 22. Deaths have risen from 218 as four more residents have died.

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

The increase marks the second consecutive week that Union City has recorded an uptick of more than 100 cases.

“This needs to be taken seriously, and we need to ensure we are all doing what we can to be safe,” Stack said.

Continue to wear face masks, covering the nose and mouth, and practice social distancing. The city has cancelled all city-sponsored Halloween activities.

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

North Bergen

The township has recently witnessed an uptick of more than 100 cases. There were 3,087 cases as of Oct. 29, up from 2,934 on Oct. 22. Officials don’t distinguish between active COVID-19 cases and recoveries. 

A total of 234 residents have died as of Oct. 20. 

Cases climbed from 2,779 on Oct. 7 to 2,836 on Oct. 14. Cases reached 2,881 on Oct. 18. Cases topped 2,934 on Oct. 22.

The township’s reminders include wearing masks, maintaining social distance, and washing hands often and thoroughly.

North Bergen provides free masks to residents. Call 201-392-0229 or email NBCares@northbergen.org.

The township offers free virus testing at the Urgent Care Center at 7405 Bergenline Avenue from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. Walk in, or schedule a test at 201-636-6763.

A mobile testing site is at Diligent Medical Care, 3724 Liberty Avenue, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. To schedule an appointment text COVID to 973-447-3559 or call 201-834-8887.

Weehawken

Active cases climbed to 11 as of Oct. 28.

The township had teetered on the brink of zero cases in early October, with 379 recoveries, and 23 deaths. By Oct. 19, there were 7 active cases.

Mayor Richard Turner said that three to five residents were testing positive each day, but he would not be closing down businesses early like Hoboken.

Most residents who tested positive have mild cases, and hospitalizations remain low.

To cope with the surge, the North Hudson joint testing site in Union City is increasing the number of testing days to six.

West New York

As of Oct. 26, WNY recorded 2,349 cases, 870 recoveries, and 142 deaths, up from 2,264 on Oct. 19.

The town provides food to residents. Call 201-295-5100.

Secaucus

As of Oct. 29, Secaucus had 773 cases and 55 deaths, up from 715 on Oct. 15. There were five more deaths, up from 50 on Oct. 15.

The COVID-19 testing site at Hudson Regional Hospital is offering flu shots as well. Call 201-388-1097.

Guttenberg

As of Oct. 27, Guttenberg tallied 25 cases, 219 recoveries, and 32 deaths.

Guttenberg previously recorded zero COVID-19 cases periodically in July, August, and September.

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