Hoboken COVID-19 fatalities reach 41

City continues vaccination efforts

Former Hoboken Fire Chief Richard Tremitiedi received the COVID-19 vaccine at Hoboken University Medical Center. So far, more than 1,768 Hoboken residents have received their first doses of the vaccine.
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Former Hoboken Fire Chief Richard Tremitiedi received the COVID-19 vaccine at Hoboken University Medical Center. So far, more than 1,768 Hoboken residents have received their first doses of the vaccine.

Hoboken lost another two residents to COVID-19, according to a Feb. 20 update from Mayor Ravi Bhalla. They were a woman in her early 80s and a man in his early 90s.

“I extend my deepest sympathies and condolences to their family and loved ones,” Bhalla said.

With these most recent deaths, COVID-19 has claimed the lives of 41 residents, 38 of whom were over age 61.

Since the pandemic’s start, the city has had 3,193 confirmed cases.

Hoboken University Medical Center is currently treating 21 patients with COVID-19, including six Hoboken residents.

The Hoboken Health Department reports that as of Feb, 18, 2,431 residents have fully recovered from COVID-19.

According to the department, the majority of recent positive cases derive from travel outside the states including to hot-spot regions; indoor social gatherings smong non-household members, and children who have tested positive due to out-of-school gatherings and social activities.

Testing continues

Bhalla urged residents to be cautious and get tested.

I know that we are all looking forward to getting together with friends and family when it is safe to do so,” Bhalla said. “While the safest option remains to stay home with immediate family members, if you do make the decision to get together with individuals outside the household in the near future, please consider keeping groups small, taking advantage of Hoboken’s robust testing options, and planning ahead. A proactive COVID-19 test, quarantining before and after the test, and urging everyone else do so is far safer than the alternative of taking no precautions.”

Through several partnerships, the city offers 3,000 tests per week. The state offers testing at the Hoboken Housing Authority on a first come first serve basis with no appointments required.

From 1 to 7 p.m. the New Jersey Department of Health will offer testing on March 5 and 19 at the Hoboken Housing Authority, 221 Jackson St.

“Testing remains one of the keys to limiting outbreaks and ensuring continued safe practices until widespread vaccinations can take place,” Bhalla said.

For the full testing schedule and appointment information, visit http://www.hobokennj.gov/testing.

More than  1,768 vaccines administered  

Hoboken will soon be able to vaccinate more residents, according to Bhalla, who said if inclement weather doesn’t disrupt the supply of vaccines from the federal government to the state, Hoboken can triple the first-dose vaccine allocation to 300.

“While it is still under the 500 first-dose vaccines we were provided in the first few weeks of vaccines distribution, it is still a step in the right direction,” said Bhalla, adding that another 500 second-dose vaccinations will be administered this week.

So far, 1,768 Hoboken residents have received their first doses, and 318 residents received their second doses through the Hoboken Health Department at Hoboken University Medical Center.

These numbers don’t include vaccines administered through the Hudson County Vaccine Distribution Center, Riverside Medical Group, or other New Jersey sites.

“If we are able to receive even more doses from the state in the weeks ahead, we will be ready to substantially increase our vaccination efforts,” Bhalla said. “I thank all our seniors and high-risk residents for their patience as we continue to make progress on our pre-registration lists.”

Those with high-risk medical conditions can now preregister at www.hobokennj.gov/highrisk.

Seniors who have not yet signed up for a vaccine can do so at http://www.hobokennj.gov/seniors.

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