Hoboken mourning 2nd COVID-19 death: the mother of two police detectives

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The City of Hoboken is mourning their COVID-19-related death: the mother of two local police detectives, Mayor Ravi Bhalla said this evening.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

“I’m saddened that we recently lost Hoboken’s second resident due to COVID-19. Carmen Rivera, the mother of Hoboken Police Detectives John and Fabien Quinones, passed away yesterday at the Hoboken University Medical Center,” Bhalla said in a statement.

“Earlier today, I called and spoke to the family to send my deepest condolences and mourn with them and the entire Hoboken Police Department for the tragic loss.”

The mayor also indicated that there are now 152 coronavirus cases throughout the city, thanking the Riverside Medical Center for committing to expanding their testing to the general public – as opposed to just their patients.

“Before this opens to the public, I want to take a moment to extend my gratitude to Dr. Gaurang Brahmbhatt from Riverside Medical Center, who will be conducting the testing for all symptomatic residents in Hoboken, and not just Riverside’s patients,” Bhalla added.

“From the very beginning, Riverside was ready and willing to offer their medical services to all of our residents if we were able to obtain additional testing, which we did today by contracting with a private provider of testing kits.”

He also said that the testing will be free of charge for Hoboken residents.

This afternoon, the New Jersey Department of Health said there are 25,590 confirmed cases of COVID-19 throughout the state, including 2,270 cases in Hudson County, along with 44 deaths – the third most in the state by county.

As of 9:30 p.m., other disclosed totals are as follows:

Jersey City – 820, North Bergen – 298, West New York – 222, Bayonne – 184, Union City – 174, Kearny – 106, Secaucus – 102, Harrison – 42, Weehawken – 55, Guttenberg – 15, and East Newark – 6.