Hoboken Reports 2-Day Spike In COVID Cases, All Had Traveled Out Of State

Steve Burns
July 04, 2020 - 3:16 pm
Mayor Ravi Bhalla

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HOBOKEN (WCBS 880) – Hoboken saw a big jump in coronavirus cases this week—and the vast majority of those infected traveled recently to states on New Jersey's quarantine list.

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There were six new cases on Thursday and seven new cases on Friday, Mayor Ravi Bhalla said Saturday—Hoboken's highest two-day number since mid-May.

“Twelve of those 13 cases went to states on New Jersey’s quarantine list,” Bhalla said, adding that all 13 had traveled out of state recently.

All of the new cases were people under 45 and the majority of them were asymptomatic. All of the patients proactively got a test.

“It makes you wonder about the people who have not gotten a test and also feel great and don’t see any reason,” Bhalla said.

He said there could be more cases and that he hopes travelers heed the warning about quarantining if they travel to one of 16 states on New Jersey’s list.

“We could set our region back further to the point where we have to resort to stay-at-home orders,” the mayor warned.

Hoboken isn’t the only area seeing a rise in cases—health officials across North Jersey have seen similar trends. And on Friday, New York state reported over 900 new cases for the first time in three weeks.

Researchers in a group known as Covid Act Now said New York and New Jersey are no longer on track to control the virus but are merely treading water.