Hoboken Public Schools offering meals for all families in need as COVID-19 cases reach 96

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The Hoboken Public Schools are expanding the “Grab and Go” breakfast and lunch program to include all families in need as COVID-19 cases throughout the city rise to 96.

The Hoboken Board of Education. Screenshot via YouTube.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

“This program has been expanded FOR ALL FAMILIES IN NEED OF MEAL SERVICE, whether or not your child qualifies for free or reduced lunch. Meal service continues to be available from 8:30-10:30am at the 9th Street side door of the Hoboken High School cafeteria, between Clinton and Grand Streets,” Mayor Ravi Bhalla announced this evening.

“Thank you so much to Dr. Johnson and the Hoboken Public School District for all that they are doing to support Hoboken families during this time of need.”

Meanwhile, Bhalla indicated that the city has confirmed 11 new coronavirus cases today, brining their overall total to 96. As he has said in the past few days, this upward trend is going to continue.

Unfortunately, with the apex not projected to hit for another few weeks, and with expanded testing ability, we are likely to see an even greater amount of confirmed cases in the coming days,” the mayor stated.

“Thank you so much to the Hoboken Health Department who has been working around the clock this weekend to meet the demand of additional positive cases.”

Earlier today, Bhalla and the city’s office of emergency management announced that their parks will close for at least two weeks starting at 8 a.m. tomorrow.

This evening, he noted that the order will also close dog runs throughout the city.

“I know this is very inconvenient to dog owners, many of whom have expressed understandable frustration today about the new regulations. However, despite many residents and dog owners practicing responsible behavior, the parks and dog runs have at times been an unavoidable place of congregation,” he explained.

“This behavior puts our residents and most vulnerable populations at risk. I know this will be hard, but this is a sacrifice that we all must now make, in order to keep Hoboken residents alive.”

The New Jersey Department of Health announced today that there are 13,386 cases of COVI-19 across the state, with 947 confirmed in Hudson County.

Overall, that’s the third most by county, behind Essex (1,227) and Bergen (2,169).