The City of Bayonne has declared a state of emergency and set up two coronavirus hotlines, one for general information and one specifically for seniors as preparations are kicking into high gear throughout the nation.
By John Heinis/Hudson County View
“The coronavirus has been declared a worldwide pandemic, the President has declared a national emergency and we have declared a State of Emergency in Bayonne to help stop the spread of the virus,” Mayor Jimmy Davis said in a Facebook video this afternoon.
Like Hoboken, Bayonne has established two coronavirus hotlines: the general number can be reached at 201-858-6705, while the senior assistance number is 201-858-6105 (Jersey City also established a number for residents last week).
Gov. Phil Murphy (D) announced earlier today that gyms, movie theaters, and bars would close, while restaurants would be limited to takeout, delivery, or drive-through only options.
In addition to that, Davis announced that daycares will be closed, alongs with social clubs, religious house of worship, and non-profit organizations.
“I am aware that these measures may seem drastic, but I have a commitment to each resident of this city to ensure that we do everything in our power to protect the health and well-being of everybody.”
About an hour ago, New Jersey Department of Health Commissioner Judith Persichilli said that there are currently 19 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Hudson County.
As of this writing, 12 have been disclosed: four in Hoboken, four in Jersey City, two in West New York, and two in North Bergen.