North Bergen Public Library branches close as COVID-19 spikes

North Hudson municipalities have been hit hard

Resources at the libraries are still available to residents despite the closures.
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Resources at the libraries are still available to residents despite the closures.

Due to the increasing number of COVID-19 cases, all branches of the North Bergen Public Library are currently closed to the public out of an abundance of caution. Many services are still available, and staff are on site during normal library hours.

Available services include: door-side and locker item pickup, book drops, amnesty on overdue books, access to databases and e-materials, online programming, and registration for library cards.

Call the library for assistance at 201-869-4715 or visit www.nbpl.org.

This follows the township’s decision to close town hall to the public to mitigate the spread of the virus. West New York followed suit, closing all municipal buildings to the public until January, although most services will sbe available online and by phone.

Coping with a surge

As of Dec. 4, the township had 5,289 confirmed cases, and 242 deaths.

This marks a 566 jump in cases since the week before, and four additional deaths. This is the seventh consecutive week that cases have increased by more than 100, and the fourth consecutive week that cases jumped by nearly 500.

The new testing site in Braddock Park is open for walk-up or drive-thru on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays from noon to 6 p.m. Tests include the COVID-19 Nasal Swab and Serology Antibody Test.

No appointment is necessary. There is no out-of-pocket cost for township residents and no insurance co-pay.

Two other free testing sites are available by appointment-only with proof of residency.

Call the Walk-in Urgent Care Center, 7405 Bergenline Avenue, at (201) 636-6763; call Diligent Medical Care, 3725 Liberty Avenue, at (201) 834-8887; or text COVID to (973) 447-3559.

Residents are urged to get tested, socially distance, and wear masks.

North Bergen provides free masks to residents. Call 201-392-2157 or email NBCares@northbergen.org.

North Hudson ravaged

As of Dec. 3, Union City had 6,243 confirmed cases, and 234 deaths. According to the city, the number of positive cases has gone up by 552, and four deaths since Nov. 25.

West New York had 3,487 confirmed cases, 892 recoveries, and 149 deaths as of Dec. 3. According to data from the town, cases have risen by 340, and deaths have risen by two since Nov. 25.

As of Dec. 3, Secaucus had 1,217 confirmed cases, and 52 deaths. Data from the town indicates a rise in cases by 100, and rise in deaths by two since Nov. 26.

Weehawken had 60 confirmed cases, 557 recoveries, and 24 deaths as of Dec. 2. The number of positive cases has gone up by 14, and another death has been recorded since Nov. 25. 

Guttenberg has not yet given a COVID-19 update in December. As of Nov. 24, Guttenberg had 98 confirmed cases, 298 recoveries, and 32 deaths.

Residents are advised to wear masks, social distance, wash hands, stay home if ill, and avoid large crowds.

Getting tested

North Hudson residents can get tested for COVID-19 and antibodies in Union City at 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. Walk-ins are welcome on Wednesdays and Saturdays.

Residents can also get tested at Hudson Regional Hospital, 55 Meadowlands Parkway in Secaucus. Testing is available on Mondays from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m., Tuesdays from 9 to 10:30 a.m. and Thursdays from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Make an appointment by calling 201-388-1097 Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Residents must be at least five years old for COVID-19 and antibody tests,and six months old for flu vaccines. Results are emailed within 24 hours.

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