Following their first resident’s presumptive positive case of COVID-19, the City of Hoboken has established two hotlines: one for general information and another dedicated for senior assistance.
By John Heinis/Hudson County View
The hotlines have been set up in a collaborative effort between the city, the office of emergency management, and the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), the city announced yesterday.
CERT members will be available to answer general questions pertaining to Hoboken’s COVID-19 response and serve as a resource with additional information for residents.
Please note that this hotline should not be utilized for professional medical advice.
This COVID-19 hotline can be reached at 201-420-5620 and will be open from 9 a.m. until 8 p.m., beginning today and lasting through at least March 20th.
Additionally, a hotline for Hoboken seniors requesting assistance, or anyone in contact with a Hoboken senior in need, has also been set up at 201-420-5625, and will utilize the same time frame and hours of operations.
Volunteers may be needed during the week to assist with various tasks related to the COVID-19 response.
Anyone interested in volunteering, should call the COVID-19 hotline at 201-420-5620.
The Hoboken Health Department will continue to operate, but should only be contacted by medical professionals.
Those that believe they were exposed to COVID-19 and want to be tested should contact their primary care physician first. They may then also call the Hoboken Health Department at 201-420-2000 ext. 5211.
Following yesterday’s patient being diagnosed with the coronavirus, the city has taken other preventative measures such as suspending street sweeping, closing fields and rec facilities, and closing City Hall to residents – who are still encouraged to conduct business over the phone or online.
This came after OEM had already declared a state of emergency and announced that all schools would be closing for two weeks prior to the presumptive positive case.
Jersey City was the first in the state to set up their own coronavirus hotline earlier this week.
Hudson County currently has three presumptive positive cases of COVID-19: a 32-year-old West New York man who is on the mend, a 41-year-old woman from Jersey City, and the aforementioned Hoboken resident: a man in his 40s.