Hoboken cancelling senior activities, trips, as of tomorrow as coronavirus safeguard

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The City of Hoboken is cancelling all senior activities held at the Multi-Service Center, as well as senior trips sponsored by the city, as of tomorrow as a preventative measure to avoid a coronavirus outbreak.

Photo via Hobokennj.gov.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

“Given that our senior population is significantly more vulnerable to COVID-19, I am suspending all daily senior activities at the multi-service center, and senior trips sponsored by the City, until further notice beginning Wednesday, March 11,” Mayor Ravi Bhalla said in a statement.

“Our Department of Health and Human Services will be on hand to provide guidance and assistance on Tuesday as we inform our seniors of this of this decision, to protect their health and safety. The multi-service center, especially the gathering location for seniors, will continue to have enhanced sanitizing procedures implemented.”

In light of Gov. Phil Murphy (D) declaring a state of emergency yesterday, Bhalla noted that his office has already received complaints of price gouging by certain businesses in the city – something strictly forbidden during a state of emergency.

“If you believe a business has unfairly raised prices given COVID-19, or if you were the target of a scheme, I encourage you to immediate file a complaint online at www.njconsumeraffairs.gov or call 973-504-6240, as recommended by the State of New Jersey,” Bhalla added, recommending working at home and avoiding large crowds if possible.

The Stevens Institute of Technology announced yesterday that classes are cancelled today as they prepare to have all classes available online as a precautionary measure due to coronavirus concerns, as HCV first reported.

The Jersey City Public Schools, along with the Hudson County Schools of Technology, will have half-days this week to go over preparation and strategies should a coronavirus infection occur.

Thus far, there has only been one presumptive positive case of the coronavirus in Hudson County, an unidentified 32-year-old West New York man.