Sunday, March 15, 2020

Hoboken: Case no. 4 confirmed in the Mile Square City

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Sunday March 15, 2020, 8:27 PM

City of Hoboken, NJ

Advisory: Statement from Mayor Bhalla on new positive COVID-19 case in Hoboken

Below is a statement from Mayor Bhalla on new positive COVID-19 case in Hoboken: 

According to the Hoboken Health Department, a woman in her 40’s is confirmed as the fourth positive case of COVID-19 in Hoboken. She is currently under observation at a hospital, and her family is in self-quarantine as a precaution. The woman has proactively informed those that she may have come into contact with, and our Health Department is conducting a timeline of interaction and monitoring all individuals.

If you believe you may have come into contact with someone who was infected, you should self-quarantine yourself out of an abundance of caution, and if you begin to have symptoms, call your healthcare provider. Please do not utilize the emergency room unless it is a true medical emergency requiring immediate attention. If you feel sick, please stay home.

Thank you to all residents for going above and beyond to show support for your neighbors during this time of uncertainty. Please continue to practice social distancing, washing your hands, and working from home to limit the spread of COVID-19 within our community.

Hoboken identifies two additional victims of the ChiCom-Wuhan Virus

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Sunday March 15, 2020, 11:39 AM

City of Hoboken, NJ

Advisory: Statement from Mayor Bhalla on two additional positive COVID-19 cases in Hoboken

Below is a statement from Mayor Bhalla regarding two additional positive COVID-19 cases in Hoboken:

I was informed by the Hoboken Health Department that there are now two additional positive cases of COVID-19 in Hoboken, identified as one male in his 30s and another male in his 40s. Both individuals currently are in self-isolation at home. Our Hoboken Health Department officers have been in contact with them, and both are expected to recover.

As will be the case with every positive result, the Hoboken Health Department has proactively reached out to anyone who was in contact with both individuals, and are being recommended for self-quarantine with continued monitoring. Due to strict confidentiality laws, we cannot disclose more detailed information about the two individuals with positive cases, but please know that our health office is doing everything possible to develop a timeline of events and notify anyone who may have been affected.

Unfortunately, this type of announcement may become the new normal as we expect substantial increase of cases both locally and across the country. Doing everything now, proactively to address this national crisis can literally save lives in Hoboken, especially our large senior population. Please keep them in mind during these difficult times.

Please also remember that if you believe you are sick, be sure to call your primary care physician first instead of going to the emergency room. We anticipate a likely surge of cases impacting the capacity of Hoboken University Medical Center in the coming weeks, and the emergency room must be available for those needing critical care.

The best thing residents can continue to do is to practice social distancing, washing your hands, working from home, and most importantly, staying home if you are sick.

We’ll get through this together – thank you to everyone for working together to keep our city safe.



A National Day of Prayer

From St. Peter and Paul in Hoboken today, today's Mass.


Hoboken Police Chief on the battle for containment and to save human life



Official release:

Good morning men and women of our great Hoboken PD, our government leaders, and our residents of the City of Hoboken,

This has been a week that will be remembered for a lifetime, with a couple more weeks ahead that will add to permanent memory. I first want to thank and recognize the men and women of the Hoboken Police Department for how they have handled this Coronavirus Pandemic crisis so far, not missing a beat, and dealing with situations this week that are uncalled for. I want all of you to read what I am going to share with our residents and government leaders!

The Saturday afternoon and evening shifts of our police department were chaotic. The job that each Captain, Lieutenant, Sergeant, Patrol Officer and dispatcher, as well as Emergency Medical Services personnel from Hoboken Volunteer Ambulance Corps, Jersey City Medical Center, and McCabe Ambulance were exemplary! In a six hour period, our officers responded to 114 calls for service. 

They included fights, disputes, people spitting in each other’s faces, emotionally disturbed persons calls, disorderly juveniles fighting, reports of shots fired(unfounded), pedestrians struck by auto, reckless driving, just to name some of these cases. We also had a fight that started in a bar where a 30 year old male from North Bergen was knocked unconscious and seriously injured. It took over 30 minutes for an ambulance to respond due to all the ambulances in the region being tied up on medical calls. It was not the bar fight which brought our OEM Coordinator and Mayor to impose stricter regulations and a curfew. It was the totality of the circumstances and the fact that we have a worldwide pandemic, a national emergency and a state of emergency all occurring , and we need to take actions to save lives and prevent further contact from activities that will spread the Coronavirus. Every medical expert and leader has informed us that this situation is going to get worse and if we don’t take measures to protect each other, we can end up with situations like Wuhan. China, and Milan, Italy where tens of thousands were infected, and hundreds died daily. Northern Italy had 3500 new cases yesterday and 175 deaths….yesterday. They did not shut down bars, restaurants and plazas and people continued to socialize. Now they are playing from behind.

Last night in Hoboken looked like people poured into our bars and restaurants like this was an oasis, and Hoboken was isolated from this pandemic. This was reckless by all those involved. Our numbers are going to increase exponentially, and we need to take all necessary temporary steps, to mitigate any more numbers of cases and try to prevent death. That word is not an exaggeration, it’s a sad fact of what this virus is bringing to many areas of the world and we need to listen to the medical experts who are trying to tell us all that the only way to attack this virus is by not giving it a chance to spread.

Last night, Office of Emergency Management Coordinator Sgt. William Montanez and Mayor Ravi Bhalla ordered new regulations including overnight curfews starting Monday. I support those decisions 100%. I applaud the amount of time the two of them have put into this over the past 2 weeks. For the past week, we have been on the phones 24/7. They are not working 8, 12, 16 hours. Their communications with us and their work is around the clock. They have the responsibility for keeping our residents safe from this pandemic. All of these regulations this week have been discussed and well thought out and debated.  

In 2012, we saw a Democratic President in Barack Obama, a Republican Governor Chris Christie, and our Mayor Dawn Zimmer, all work together to help us get through the disaster of Superstorm Sandy where Hoboken was one of the worst hit cities in the country. I need to remind everyone that the coming together of all political sides helped contribute to a miraculous fact that we did not have one death in our city! We need to do the same now. If you are reading this, and you took an oath for your position, go back and read or recall your oath. Mine is on my office wall. Whether you are a police officer, fire fighter, elected official, government leader or any other position where you took an oath, we are all obliged to live up to that oath for the health and welfare of every one of our residents. I call on everyone to please put their political differences aside and come together to work together to save lives. There is more than enough time before the next election to go back to politicking, and I say this to all sides! The past 4 years has seen our nation, state, county and city, fall into political extreme divisiveness. There is no place for moderates or centralists. Please put your extreme views aside, just for a short period, because COVID-19 didn’t declare itself a Democrat or Republican.

Going back to the curfew. I discussed above the reasons. There are a couple of other reasons. A main one is that first responders (police, fire, ems) as well as medical professionals (doctors, nurses, aides, health officers,etc) also need a few hours to take a breath and get a few hours of rest. We are not robots. We can only go 24/7 for so long and need to persevere for more weeks to come. We have not reached our peak of this virus.. Life will have some normalcy during daylight hours. Stores, restaurants, banks, pharmacies, pet stores, etc, will be open. We just can’t have congregations of people coming together at night like it is Spring Break. We need to protect some people from themselves. Our police officers will be very diplomatic with this curfew. It is not about arrests at all. It is not to stop the individual walking their dog, or going to  or coming from work. It is done to try to prevent those who are careless and not taking this seriously, coming to our or leaving the city to go socialize in groups, which is putting everyone at risk. The world, not just Hoboken, needs to take a couple of weeks break, to let our public safety and medical professionals beat this pandemic.

I love this City that I have lived in my entire life, and ask all who read this to come together.

As I finish all my emails to my officers, I ask you to…

Stay safe, Be Alert, and Watch out for one another! 



Kenneth F. Ferrante
Chief of Police
Hoboken Police Department
1 Police Plaza
Hoboken, NJ 07030
201.420.2002