North Bergen declares state of emergency after 1st two cases of COVID-19 diagnosed

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The Township of North Bergen has declared a state of emergency after their first two cases of COVID-19 were diagnosed, shutting parks, as well as their recreation and senior centers.

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The declaration, made by Mayor Nick Sacco, will allow township government to bypass purchasing regulations if necessary.

In addition to the restrictions on the public announced by Gov. Phil Murphy (D) today (along with those mentioned above), Sacco said senior transportation is only available for “those with critical medical needs,” along with senior meetings and board meeting cancellations – with the exception of the board of commissioners.

Furthermore, both child and adult daycare centers are mandated to close, according to the mayor.

“The local state of emergency highlights the severity of the situation we are dealing with,”  Sacco said in a statement.

“We are looking to keep our residents safe and will continue to do so as this situation develops. I strongly urge everyone to take this matter very seriously, to practice social distancing and proper hygiene to slow down the spread of this devastating virus.”

Any residents who witness or experience price gouging are encouraged to contact the Hudson County Office of Weights and Measures at (201) 369-4323 ext 7305.

Residents with questions regarding the COVID-19 outbreak should call the State’s Coronavirus hotline, 1-800-222-1222, or visit its dedicated website.

New Jersey Department of Health Commissioner Judith Persichilli said this afternoon that there are currently 19 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Hudson County.

As of this writing, 12 have been disclosed: four in Hoboken, four in Jersey City, two in West New York, and two in North Bergen.