Weehawken ends COVID-19 updates 

The township is highly vaccinated with low virus case numbers

The Weehawken Township Council meets in-person and remotely every other week. For more information, go to weehawken-nj.us.

Weehawken is ending it’s COVID-19 weekly updates. The move comes after the township has been seeing near-zero cases of the virus and high rates of vaccination.

Mayor Richard Turner announced the decision at the March 23 meeting of the Weehawken Township Council. The council met in person at Town Hall at 400 Park Avenue and also remotely.

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“The weekly notices we’re giving, we’ve been doing on every Wednesday now,” Turner said. “The Coronavirus updates, I think we’re going to end at the end of this month.”

According to Turner, cases are down. Per the update, there were only three active case as of March 23. This is down from seven as of March 16, and dramatically down from 71 as of Jan. 26. In total, 35 residents have passed away from COVID-19.

“There’s very little to report,” Turner said. “The cases are way down.”

High vaccination rates to blame

For 5 to 11 year olds are the vaccination rate is at 85 percent and for 12 to 17 year olds that number is 87 percent. For those 18 to 29, 30 to 49, 50 to 64, and 65 to 70, the vaccination rate is 99 percent. For those 82 and older, the vaccination rate is 82 percent.

The township points to the high vaccination rates as reason for the low virus case count. However, if need be, it can be reinstated. And as the variants of the COVID-19 virus continue to arise, it may be more likely.

“If the next variant picks up or the variant of that variant, or whatever they’re calling, then we will resume our notifications,” Turner said. “We got a lot of compliments on our notifications, and it’s been very helpful.”

Turner thanked Township Manager Gio Ahmad for helping put them together. He also noted the quick turnaround from the surge in January of this year.

“It’s hard to believe throughout January we were at 400 to 500 cases a week,” Turner said. “We dropped down dramatically now to three cases. That’s amazing… Hopefully it doesn’t come back.”

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