West New York discloses 1st COVID-19-related death, sets up number for text updates


The Town of West New York provided significant local coronavirus updates last night, where date updates included disclosing their first death, as well as setting up a text number people can subscribe to for updates.

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By John Heinis/Hudson County View

“During these challenging times, we want to continue to keep you informed throughout the COVID-19 pandemic so in addition to our daily updates, we will also provide a summary of pertinent information for said week,” Mayor Gabriel Rodriguez wrote in a statement posted on the town’s website.

“We continue to work closely with our local, county and state authorities as well as our neighboring municipalities to ensure our efforts are working cohesively and efficiently throughout this time. The priority of this administration is and will always be the safety and wellbeing of the residents of the Town of West New York.”

Rodriguez continued that the town now has 77 cases of the coronavirus, as HCV first reported yesterday.

The town had been reposting U.S. Centers for Disease Control guidelines and other related phone numbers, but had not mentioned their number of patients since Tuesday.

He also revealed that the town had suffered one fatality related to COVID-19 and three police officers have tested positive for the disease.

“Our thoughts are with those who have been affected by this virus and we offer our deepest condolences to the families who have lost someone as a result of COVID-19,” Rodriguez added.

The mayor also recommended following them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for up to date information, though a text number is also available: text “Add 3498708” to 51430 to subscribe.

Additionally, Rodriguez thanked the municipal workers for their continued efforts during this strenuous time.

“I would like to thank all our municipal employees for their continued dedication and cooperation as we work together to get through this,” he began.

“We will continue to work with our local health and public safety departments, as well as other government officials to ensure that West New York is prepared to get through these difficult times. As we have more information, we will continue to share it with you.”

There are 974 cases of the coronavirus in Hudson County as of yesterday, the third most by county in New Jersey, according to the state Department of Health.

The date provided by West New York says Hudson County has 10 recorded deaths as of last night. 161 have been documented throughout New Jersey, per the NJ DOH.

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