‘A very serious spike:’ Union City reports over 500 new COVID-19 cases in 7 days

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The City of Union City reported over 500 new COVID-19 cases in the past seven days yesterday, urging residents to take the “very serious spike” seriously.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

“Union City has 5,432 total confirmed [coronavirus] cases since March and sadly 227 residents have succumbed to this virus. We will continue to keep them and our families in our thoughts and prayers,” the city posted on Twitter yesterday.

“The number of positive cases has gone up by over 500 cases over the last seven days. We are seeing a very serious spike in cases. This spike should be taken very seriously. We should all be taking safety precautions when we are out in public.”

Since the second wave began approximately one month ago, Union City has consistently seen the highest uptick in cases, along with North Bergen, Harrison, and Kearny.

In the tweet, the city also strongly recommended having small gatherings for Thanksgiving due to the latest data trends.

“We know the Thanksgiving holiday is upon us and we traditionally like to gather with family and friends. We urge you not to hold large gatherings with those who don’t live with you. You put yourself and others at risk by doing so.”

They also remind residents that their testing site at 36th Street and John F. Kennedy Boulevard is still open. To make an appointment for Monday, Wednesday, or Friday, the number to call is 201-537-5704.

Meanwhile, those who need to schedule a test for Tuesday or Thursday should dial 201-366-8465.

Health Officer Janet Castro, who oversees most of North Hudson, Harrison, and Secaucus, said in a Zoom interview on Tuesday that long-term care facilities, public schools, and to a lesser extent daycares, have led to cases rising in Union City and North Bergen.

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