Hoboken officials warn residents about traveling to COVID-19 hot spots following 2-day spike


Hoboken officials announced a two-day spike in COVID-19 cases this morning, indicating that all 13 cases came after residents traveled to states deemed hot spots on New Jersey’s travel advisory quarantine list.

Photo via Hobokennj.gov.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

“What the Hoboken Health Department has observed with the recent two-day spike of 13 cases on Thursday and Friday, thanks to their quick and diligent contact tracing, is that all 13 of the new cases traveled for work or pleasure outside of Hoboken to states with rising COVID-19 rates,” Mayor Ravi Bhalla said today

“12 of the 13 went to states on New Jersey’s quarantine list, including Florida, Texas, North Carolina and South Carolina. The very clear, common thread is that all 13 cases traveled to states with alarming rates of rising COVID-19 – states which opened up too early and are now suffering the repercussions.”

The mayor also asserted that none of these positive tests were linked to the peaceful George Floyd demonstration in the Mile Square City, which had some estimating there were as many as 10,000 people in attendance.

Bhalla continued that between June 20th and July 1st, Hoboken saw 30 new coronavirus cases, which the health department and Riverside Medical Group determined came largely due to out of state travel to areas deemed COVID-19 hot spots.

“This trend isn’t unique to Hoboken or the region. We’ve seen similar reports from across the country, including California, where many residents tested positive after Memorial Day gatherings, contributing to the rise in their states,” he added.

“If residents aren’t careful, and we don’t take this initial trend here in Hoboken seriously, which is bound to be replicated in municipalities across the State, we could set our region back further to the point where we have to resort to stay at home orders, close local businesses, and more.”

The city confirmed six new cases on Thursday and another seven on Friday, noting that all are under the age of 45 and that the majority are between the ages of 20 and 35 – all whom attended gatherings both indoors and outdoors.

“Let me repeat – for all Hoboken residents – if you’ve traveled to any of the 16 states identified by Governor Murphy, or are traveling to these regions this weekend – it is absolutely imperative that when you return, that you stay at home for 14 days,” Bhalla concluded.