COVID-19 surge continues in North Hudson as vaccines arrive

While some municipalities saw a decrease in cases, others saw the surge continue

Mariekarl Vilceus-Talty, Senior Director of Nursing and Patient Experience, Nursing Administration, was among the first group of JCMC employees to be given the COVID-19 vaccine.
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Mariekarl Vilceus-Talty, Senior Director of Nursing and Patient Experience, Nursing Administration, was among the first group of JCMC employees to be given the COVID-19 vaccine.

As vaccines for COVID-19 roll out in Hudson County, the virus continues to surge in North Hudson municipalities.

Hackensack Meridian Health Palisades Medical Center in North Bergen was the first hospital in the county to receive the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, administering it to frontline healthcare workers on Dec. 18. Jersey City Medical Center gave the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine to employees beginning on Dec. 21.

CarePoint Health’s three hospitals, Bayonne Medical Center, Hoboken University Medical Center and Christ Hospital began administering the Moderna vaccine to employees on Dec. 21 and 22. Hudson Regional Hospital in Secaucus began distributing the Moderna vaccine to employees on Dec. 22.

The county is opening a vaccination center at the USS Juneau Center in Kearny that will begin administering the vaccine later in the week.

The vaccine is a major step in mitigating the spread of the virus, but prevention is still key, meaning mask wearing, social distancing, and other CDC guidelines will need to be followed.

COVID-19 by the numbers 

As of Dec. 22, North Bergen had 6,530 confirmed cases, and 254 deaths.

This marks a 268 jump in cases since the week before, and six additional deaths. For more than ten consecutive weeks, cases have been climbing by more than 100.

The 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 Ave., at (201) 636-6763; call Diligent Medical Care, 3725 Liberty Ave., 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 surge continues

As of Dec. 22, Union City had 7,570 confirmed cases and 255 deaths. The number of positive cases has gone up by 278, and there were six deaths since Dec. 17.

As of Dec. 21, West New York had 4,273 confirmed cases, 892 recoveries, and 160 deaths. Cases have risen by 158, and deaths have risen by three since Dec. 16.

As of Dec. 21, Secaucus had 1,503 confirmed cases and 55 deaths. Data from the town indicates a rise in cases by 103, and two deaths since Dec. 17.

As of Dec. 21, Weehawken had 68 confirmed cases, 689 recoveries, and 25 deaths. The number of positive cases has increased by 6 since Dec. 16.

As of Dec. 15, Guttenberg had 43 confirmed cases, 479 recoveries, and 35 deaths. Data from the town indicates cases have dropped by 30, while two deaths have been recorded since Dec. 4.

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

Get a COVID-19 test

North Hudson residents can get tested for COVID-19 and antibodies in Union City at 36th St. between Bergenline Ave. and Kennedy Blvd.

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 get tested at Hudson Regional Hospital, 55 Meadowlands Parkway in Secaucus: 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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