City: First ChiCom-Wuhan Virus case confirmed in Hoboken

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Friday March 13, 2020, 12:09 PM

City of Hoboken, NJ

Advisory: Communication from Mayor Bhalla regarding first known positive case of COVID-19 in Hoboken
Below is a statement from Mayor Bhalla regarding the first known positive case of COVID-19 in Hoboken: 

Today, I was informed by the Hoboken Health Department that the first known positive case of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Hoboken was identified as a male in his 40’s. The affected individual has been kept in self-isolation at home. The Hoboken Health Department has been in close contact with the individual, who is only experiencing mild symptoms and is expected to recover fully.

Since receiving this information, the Hoboken Health Department has been developing a timeline of events. Individuals who may have been in contact with the patient are being notified and being recommended for self-quarantine, as advised by the New Jersey Department of Health. The Hoboken Health Department has also been in touch with these individuals and is monitoring them closely.

To be clear, we unfortunately anticipate the likelihood of additional positive COVID-19 cases to be confirmed in the days and weeks ahead, which have not yet been discovered. However, we are doing everything possible to limit the spread of COVID-19 through proactive measures and regulations. I greatly appreciate the community’s cooperation during this challenging time.

As recommended by the Hoboken Health Department, if you are a resident of Hoboken and believe you were exposed to a confirmed case of COVID-19, you should contact your healthcare provider first instead of going to the emergency room. Carepoint is urging all residents to observe this protocol to keep the emergency room available for those needing critical emergency care.  

If you are having a medical emergency, please call 9-1-1. You may also contact the Hoboken Health Department at 201-420-2000 ext. 5211 if you believe you were exposed to a confirmed case of COVID-19.

As an important reminder – please continue washing your hands frequently, avoid putting your hands in your mouth and eyes, avoid contact with others if you feel sick, and maintain a clean environment through frequent disinfecting of common areas.

For FAQs about COVID-19, please visit or call the New Jersey COVID-19 hotline at 1-800-222-1222 or if using out-of-state phone line 1-800-962-1253. Trained healthcare professionals are standing by to answer your call 24/7.

Talking Ed Note: Mayor Ravi Bhalla is being transparent on the updates for the ChiCom-Wuhan Virus to Hoboken and providing important details on actions needed in the community.
Although the vast majority of people who contract the virus will not require hospitalization, (estimates range in the area of 80-85%),;those who do particularly those over 60 with underlying health issues may require intensive medical attention and hospitalization.
This is the challenge as efforts are made to contain the spread of the virus and not overwhelm the health systems network. It’s a difficult challenge. 
Although the actions taken at the national level earlier this year greatly reduced the spread of the ChiCom Wuhan virus inside the United States, slowing its spread it where the nation finds itself. There are likely far many more cases than officially known. 
Children while highly resistant to the virus and resulting illness are carriers. Hoboken schools will be closed for at least two weeks beginning Monday.
The following article offers more detailed analysis. While speculative it does place the context of concern in some perspective. If the data proves incorrect, it’s better to act with caution.

Update: Councilman Mike DeFusco issued a release noting the Hoboken man diagnosed “is quarantined at home and is experiencing mild symptoms at this time. He is expected to make a full recovery and the Hoboken Health Department is working closely with the individual to identify anyone who may have made contact with him.”

President Donald Trump will address the nation and hold a press conference set for 3:00 pm today:

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