Hoboken coronavirus cases up to 29, new gift card concept available to help local businesses

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The City of Hoboken is up to 29 coronavirus cases, up four from Monday, and has also established a new partnership to help local businesses that are closed or operating on a limited capacity.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

“We received notification from the Hoboken Health Department that there are four new confirmed COVID-19 cases: one male in his mid 20s, one male in his late 20s, one male in his early 30s, and one female in her early 30s,” according to Mayor Ravi Bhalla.

“As always, our Health Department is conducting an investigation to ensure anyone in contact with them begins a period of self-quarantine. Hoboken now has 29 total confirmed cases of COVID-19.”

The mayor also indicated that the city is partnering with “Help Main Street,” a website that allows people to search their website and determine which small businesses they can buy gift card for.

75 Hoboken establishments will be able to benefit from this new program, the mayor stated, crediting Councilwoman-at-Large Emily Jabbour for working to get the program up and running.

“I am so grateful to the amazing people at HelpMainStreet.com who reached out to the City of Hoboken and offered to work with us to add Hoboken businesses to their website,” she added.

“This site is a fantastic resource for residents who want to help our small businesses through this crisis. Our small businesses are the fabric of the community – they aren’t just shops and restaurants – the people who operate our small businesses are our friends and neighbors, the eyes and ears of our neighborhoods. I am grateful to be part of this work.”

This afternoon, the New Jersey Department of Health said Hudson County has 234 confirmed cases of the coronavirus, also announcing two recent deaths, bringing the county’s total to four.

Their municipalities of residence have not been revealed at this time.

The COVID-19 tallies released by each municipality as of 9 p.m. today are 85 in Jersey City, 29 in Hoboken, 34 in North Bergen, 16 in West New York, 23 in Union City, 11 in Weehawken, six in Kearny, five in Secaucus, one in Guttenberg, and eight in Bayonne – for a total of 218 cases.

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