Stack: 45 COVID-19 cases in Union City, no electric & gas shutoffs, no evictions right now

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Union City Mayor Brian Stack says that the city has 45 confirmed cases of COVID-19, also noting that residents should not be concerned about electric and gas shutoffs or evictions at this time.

“All shut offs for electric and gas have been postponed, you have nothing to worry about … Also, additionally, there’s no evictions. There’s no filings in court right now. There’s no evictions of any tenant in the City of Union City,” Stack said in a video update posted on Twitter.

Two weeks ago, PSE&G announced that they were suspending shutoffs due to the coronavirus. Stack also mentioned that Verizon is currently not cancelling service for non-payment.

The fact that there are no evictions isn’t particularly surprising given that the municipal court has been closed for weeks, but it’s still more welcome news for local renters during this public health emergency.

Earlier this week, the Union City Board of Commissioners approved a rent hike moratorium.

Yesterday, the New Jersey Department of Health announced 441 confirmed cases of the coronavirus in Hudson County.

As of 1 p.m. this afternoon, the other disclosed tallies are as follows: 162 in Jersey City, 58 in North Bergen, 56 in Hoboken, 27 in Bayonne, 23 in West New York, 20 in Weehawken, 20 in Kearny, 13 in Secaucus, and one in Guttenberg – for a total of 425.