Mayor Ravi Bhalla urged Hoboken residents to avoid non-essential travel outside of New Jersey to minimize the spread of COVID-19.
According to the mayor, recent contact tracing from the Hoboken Health Department indicates that recent travel to certain high-risk regions, both in the United States and to other countries is contributing to COVID-19 infections in Hoboken.
He asked residents to consider postponing vacations, including spring break trips, and plan for safer alternatives that do not include long-distance travel.
“While I know a long-distance vacation during spring break can be tempting due to the stresses of the pandemic, unfortunately it is not the time for nonessential trips outside of New Jersey,” said Bhalla. “I encourage residents and families to plan for safer alternatives that take into account the CDC’s advisories and recommendations, to avoid out-of-state travel in the months ahead.”
The Hoboken Health Department reported Florida and Mexico as destinations residents have visited, as well as out-of-state ski resorts, among others that have contributed to recent COVID-19 cases.
The CDC recommends avoiding all travel to over 160 countries and regions carrying a “very high risk” due to high COVID-19 rates. The State of New Jersey strongly discourages all nonessential interstate travel.
According to the CDC, travel increases a person’s chance of getting and spreading COVID-19.
“You and your travel companions (including children) may feel well and not have any symptoms, but you can still spread COVID-19 to family, friends, and community during and after travel” states the CDC website.
According to city spokesperson Vijay Chaudhuri, as of Feb. 24, Hoboken has had 3,295 residents test positive for COVID-19 and 43 fatalities -two in the past week- since the pandemic’s start.
The Hoboken Health Department recommends any resident who chooses to travel outside of New Jersey get tested prior to travel.
According to the CDC, residents should quarantine for at least one week upon arrival in Hoboken and get tested for COVID-19 at least three to five days after returning.
Those with symptoms should get tested as soon as possible.
Residents who received vaccinations should also follow normal quarantine procedures.
Indoor gatherings and social get-togethers remain the primary source of recent infections in Hoboken, according to the city.
Bhalla and the Hoboken Health Department urge residents to avoid indoor settings, both large and small beyond household members.