4 new cases of coronavirus in Hoboken, total now 19, 17 utilize drive-through testing

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There have been four new cases of the coronavirus diagnosed in Hoboken, bringing their new total to 19, with 17 people utilizing a new drive-through testing location available for patients of the Riverside Medial Group.

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By John Heinis/Hudson County View

“Today, there were four new identified positive COVID-19: a male in his late 20s, two males in their late 30s, and a female in her early 60s,” Mayor Ravi Bhalla said in a statement.

“As always, the Hoboken Health Department conducts an investigation to ensure anyone in contact with the individuals enter into self-quarantine. There are now a total of 19 cases in Hoboken, and all are expected to fully recover.”

Today was also the first day that the Riverside Medical Group opened a drive-through COVID-19 testing facility for their patients. The service was utilized by 17 people and was available from 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

“I completely understand the frustration from some residents who want this site to be open to the public, but Riverside, along with all other medical facilities, are suffering from the lack of tests across the entire country,” the mayor added.

“I’m grateful to them for working with us to open up this testing facility, which for the time being, will help alleviate the testing at other facilities.”

Yesterday, the Hudson County government revealed that a testing facility would be coming to Secaucus next week in a joint effort with the Hudson Regional Hospital.

Earlier today, Gov. Phil Murphy (D) announced a “stay-at-home” order closing all non-essential retail businesses, though there are still exceptions beyond healthcare facilities and restaurants that provide takeout and delivery options – such as laundromats and liquor stores.

At the same press conference, the New Jersey Department of Health said there have been 97 diagnosed cases of the coronavirus in Hudson County.

As of Saturday evening, 93 cases have been announced publicly: 50 in Jersey City, 19 in Hoboken, two in West New York, four in Kearny, one in Secaucus, two in Weehawken, nine in North Bergen, and six in Bayonne.

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