As Weehawken ends its weekly COVID-19 updates, few restrictions remain in place from the pandemic. According to Mayor Richard Turner, many things have returned to normal.
“Since the positivity rate of the omicron variant has been drastically reduced, all township activities have returned to normal operations, and operating restrictions have been largely eliminated,” Turner said joint statement with the township council and Township Manager Gio Ahmad in the final COVID-19 update from the township on April 1, published in both English and Spanish.
The only restrictions currently in place are those regarding the municipal court operations, which the state of New Jersey controls, and the municipal shuttle bus which is having trouble obtaining certified drivers. When the shuttle resumes, the township will notify residents.
Active virus cases near zero
The move to end lift most restrictions follows a steady decline in cases over the past months, culminating in just two active cases as of April 1. This is down from three as of March 23.
“Our positivity rates over the last several weeks have decreased dramatically,” Turner said in the update. “This is great news for all of us as we go about our daily lives.”
In addition, the shift follows high vaccination rates in nearly every age group. As of April 1, vaccination rates had increased to 99 percent for 18 to 79 year olds.
“We would like to take this opportunity to thank all our residents for their cooperation as we dealt with all aspects of the Coronavirus pandemic,” Turner continued. “Our vaccination rates are incredibly high.”
Vaccinations and testing still available
While many restrictions have been lifted, and the updates are ceasing, there are still resources available to residents. The township continues offering vaccinations and has resumed testing.
Vaccinations are still continuing on Fridays from 3 to 7 p.m. Anyone age 5 and over is eligible and does not need to meet any medical conditions or criteria.
Third doses and boosters for qualifying individuals are also offered. Visit northhudsonvax.us/weehawken or call 201-319-6005 to register.
Second booster shots are not yet available. The township will alert residents when they are.
Due to the increase in demand for testing, the township has returned to the shared Union City and Weehawken testing site on 36th Street between Bergenline Avenue and Kennedy Boulevard in Union City. Testing will again be available from on a first-come, first-serve basis, offered on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Wednesday and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
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