Hoboken Adds 14 Coronavirus Cases After Lab Error Is Addressed

Emilee Geist

HOBOKEN, NJ — As Hoboken prepared to see its popular restaurants open for limited indoor dining on Friday, the city shared its updated coronavirus case count Thursday.

The updated numbers included 14 cases added after a “lab error” was fixed, the city said.

Here are the updated numbers in Hoboken:

  • Hoboken has suffered 31 fatalities from the virus since the beginning of the pandemic. The last fatality was in May.

  • On Thursday, the Hoboken Health Department confirmed the following new COVID-19 cases: Aug. 29: 0 new cases, Aug. 30: 4, Aug. 31: 0, Sept. 1: 1, Sept. 2: 1. The Health Department was also provided with an additional 14 covid-19 cases to add to Hoboken’s total that were only recently provided to the city due to a reporting issue at one of the labs. The 14 cases were Hoboken residents testing positive since Aug. 10, over a span of 21 days. Thus:

  • Hoboken’s total of COVID-19 cases since the beginning of the pandemic is currently 718 known, confirmed cases.

  • The city said that 667 of those residents have been identified as having fully recovered from COVID-19. They clarified that the number is related to visible symptoms and may not account for long-term damage.

State and national statistics

Over the weekend, New Jersey’s total death toll climbed to 14,153 after four confirmed deaths were announced since the day before. The state also announced 388 new confirmed positive cases, bringing the total cases since the beginning of the pandemic to 191,611.

  • However, this daily death rate has declined since back on April 30, when it reached a peak of 460 residents in 24 hours, or one person every three minutes.

  • Many other states’ death rates reached records in July (see the daily totals in each state here), and had to pull back on some of their reopenings. New Jersey has asked people to quarantine if returning from 31 states.

  • More than 176,000 Americans have now died of coronavirus, and more than 5.6 million have tested positive.

  • More than 900 health care workers have died of the virus nationally. Others are simultaneously fighting misinformation as they try to fight the virus.

  • A false report was removed from Twitter this week that misstated that only 9,000 people died from the virus. The confusion stemmed from the fact that people who died of the virus also were confirmed to have died from pneumonia caused by the virus, and other factors.

Other local and statewide reopening updates:

SCHOOLS

  • The Hoboken public schools are slated to reopen Monday, Sept. 14 remotely, and then Sept. 21 on-site for those who requested it.

  • The district has offered a reopening plan giving parents a choice of either full-time on-site learning (until 3 p.m.) or full-time distance learning. In the buildings, there will be restrictions, such as kids wearing masks and maintaining a 6-foot distance.

LIBRARY

See this report.

HOW TO GET HELP WITH HEAT, RENT, AND MORE

  • During the State of Emergency in New Jersey, no tenant is permitted to be evicted from their home or apartment for the inability to pay rent. Talk to your local mayor’s office if you are experiencing difficulties.

  • The CARES act has made money available to help with rent in each city. More information is here.

  • New Jersey residents can get help with heating and energy bills. Information is here.

  • Various other avenues of relief and benefits have also been made available, including family leave for 12 weeks if you can’t work due to your child’s school or camp being closed, and changes to unemployment rules to help those who were at a job for a short time, or freelancing.

LONG-TERM CARE

  • New Jersey residents have become alarmed at the high number of residents who have passed away in nursing homes, rehabs, and similar facilities. The state announced plans in May to increase testing at some long term care facilities and to bring in the National Guard to help make changes.

  • The state released death toll statistics for long-term care facilities like rehabs and nursing homes. See the list here.

  • You can report problems with long term care facilities here, or if you suspect coronavirus related misconduct, here.

  • Some New Jersey long-term care facilities reopened for limited visits, with precautions, in July.

Here are statewide coronavirus resources:

  • NJ COVID-19 Information Hub: https://covid19.nj.gov/

  • General COVID-19 questions: 2-1-1

  • NJ COVID-19 hotline: (800) 222-1222

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This article originally appeared on the Hoboken Patch

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