‘The second wave is here!’ Kearny mayor urges caution as COVID-19 cases surge

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Kearny Mayor Al Santos has exclaimed that “the second wave is here!” in a Facebook post urging residents to exercise caution as COVID-19 cases surge in town.

Photo via Kearnynj.org.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

“The second wave is here! A month ago our community had a 7-day average of one new COVID case a day and now we’re at a 7-day average of 12, with 24 new cases in Kearny yesterday and 153 in Hudson County. We can’t succumb to corona-fatigue!,” Santos wrote.

“Wear masks, socially distance (even at family gatherings) and regularly wash your hands! Stay away from large gatherings. Even if one of the promising vaccine candidates is approved next month, wide distribution will not be available until next year. We have to get through the winter without overwhelming our healthcare system!”

According to the Kearny’s official website, 1,300 town residents had tested positive for the coronavirus as of September 19th, along with 92 related deaths and 1,065 recoveries.

In one month’s time, those figures increases to 1,460 positive cases, 92 fatalities, and 1,148 recoveries.

The most new cases in one day during that time frame was when 19 were confirmed on October 16th.

According to the New Jersey Department of Health, there have been 116 new positive cases confirmed in Hudson County since yesterday, bringing their overall total to 22,004 positive tests since March.

These data points, along with 1,367 confirmed deaths and 157 “probable deaths” are both the third most by county in the State of New Jersey, the DOH reports.