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Coronavirus COVID-19 Updates for Jersey City Residents

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Coronavirus COVID-19 Updates for Jersey City Residents

Attention Families! We would like to update families on whatever information we have received about the COVID-19 situation in Jersey City that can be helpful as this pandemic steadily grows. 

City officials have released a COVID-19 dashboard for residents of Jersey City. The dashboard tracks and compares numbers from Hudson County, Jersey City, and New York City. —JC Dashboard

There are 6695 confirmed cases and 507 fatalities in Jersey City. 

UPDATES:

Gov. Murphy has signed a new executive order where everyone will now be required to wear masks outside in public when social distancing isn’t possible to help prevent the coronavirus from spreading.

Schools are back in session this fall but with a lot of new rules and precautions in place. Learn more about the guidelines and plan here: https://www.nj.gov/education/reopening/NJDOETheRoadBack.pdf

New Jersey’s indoor malls reopen to shoppers June 29th for the first time in months after they were ordered closed to slow the coronavirus outbreak.

Governor Murphy lifting the stay-at-home order + raising the limit for outdoor gatherings up to 100 people and indoor to 25% of a building’s capacity or 50 people, whichever is lower.

Mayor Fulop has announced that Jersey City will be extending the Newark Ave Pedestrian Plaza & Restaurant Row to allow more outdoor seating with additional safe, outdoor space for residents. Outdoor dining will begin on June 15th.

Salons and Barbershops opening from June 22nd.

Child care services are opening from June 15th and summer camps will open from July 6th.

To go cocktails:

Governor Phil Murphy signed an executive order permitting restaurants and bars to sell cocktails to go during the COVID-19 state of emergency. Distilleries can also sell cocktails and mixed drink cocktail kits to-go. Rules barring the consumption of alcohol in public spaces remain in effect.

Non- Essential Businesses Open:

Non-essential businesses can open for curbside drop-off

Elective Surgeries:

They can resume on May 26th.

Primary Elections:

The July 7th primary election will be primarily vote-by-mail with in-person voting options.

Beaches:

Beaches, boardwalks, lakes, and lakeshores in New Jersey can reopen on Friday, May 22, permitted that social distancing measures are followed.

Jersey City Launches Virtual Court Proceedings to Protect and Enforce: Mayor Steven M. Fulop, Municipal Prosecutor Jake Hudnut, Municipal Court Chief Judge Carlo Abad, and Municipal Court Director Wendy Razzoli announce provisions in place to allow for virtual court proceedings beginning Monday, May 11, 2020. For the health and safety of everyone involved, the transition to virtual court utilizing Zoom video conferencing will reduce foot traffic at the Jersey City Municipal Courthouse by allowing the public to appear remotely to have matters such as traffic, parking, DUI’s, code enforcement and minor criminal offenses heard. Read more here. 

Testing:

The walk up testing site at 465 Marin Blvd will no longer require an appointment. Jersey City residents can walk up for coronavirus testing on Mondays and Wednesdays from 8am – 11:30am. Walk ups for antibody testing is 8am – 3pm, Monday – Friday. Please bring proof of Jersey City address.

For more information call, 201-547-5535. They are available seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.⠀

Jersey City announced that it is opening COVID-19 testing to all residents, regardless of their symptoms. . Testing sites are as follows:

M-F: Drive-thru from 9am-5pm at 575 NJ-440.

M & W: On foot at 465 Marin Boulevard (Fire Safety HQ) from 9am-5pm.

F: On foot at Mary McLeod Bethune Community Center located at 140 MLK Drive from 9am-5pm.

Parks:

Local Relief Program:  Read full press release here.

View the Mayor’s executive orders establishing rules and protocols to help stop the spread of Coronavirus here.

Jersey City Testing Centers: 

Jersey City protects it’s most needy by expanding free showers and food services amid Covid-19 emergency. Read the press release here.

Hudson County opens testing center at Hudson Regional Hospital in Secaucus. Open 10am-5pm *Appointment ONLY, MUST call ahead: 201-388-1097 Click here for more info.

The city has special supermarket timings for the elderly, people with disabilities, pregnant women and the frail.
For the complete list, visit JCNJ.ORG/SPECIALMARKETTIMES

If you are experiencing significant stress and want immediate help, please reach out to the resources available on our Mental Health FAQ.
For further information, please email [email protected] or call (201) 547-6806.

There is heightened anxiety and stress in this time of Coronavirus. Building a Healthier Jersey City means helping people support each other. We recommend following local, state, and federal public health guidelines. Here are some resources to help understand those guidelines, so that you can respond creatively to maintain health for you and our whole community.

Here are some resources you may find immediately helpful.

How to Properly Wash Your Hands

How to Protect the Elderly and Vulnerable from Coronavirus (COVID-19) + Tips for Staying Healthy (8 min)
Thomas McCarrick, M.D.

Promoting Social Connection while maintaining Social Distance

Soaringwords – Making Hope Happen (14 min)

Dr. Shane Lopez
Hope is an important part of dealing with and bouncing back from setbacks. Hope can be nurtured and developed. Using discoveries from the largest study of hopeful people ever conducted, a world-renowned expert on the psychology of hope, Shane J. Lopez, Ph.D., shares strategies for building a high-hope mindset.

Home Workout Guide
Heather Burdett, NASM Certified Personal Trainer

Coronavirus / COVID-19 News and updates:
–  Updates on Jersey City COVID-19 response
–  Follow them on Twitter

Visit the Healthier JC website and scroll to the bottom to view live twitter feed from all pertinent health agencies: www.HealthierJC.com

The following establishments will be closed: ‬
– Bars and nightclubs that do not serve food
– Movie theaters, performance centers
– Gyms; fitness centers; barber shops; daycare centers; nail salons; and non-urgent medical offices including, dental offices, physical therapy clinics, chiropractor offices, and all state-licensed cosmetology establishments.

The following restrictions will also apply:
All restaurants are prohibited from providing dine-in services but will be allowed to have take-out, delivery, and drive-through services.

These restrictions do not apply to:
– Grocery stores, cafeterias within nursing homes or similar facilities.

This AM the Health Department will be reaching out to all of the local grocery stores (3 registers or more) and will be working with them to set aside hours at stores for elderly residents, people with disabilities, pregnant residents‬ , etc. from 9-11 am starting tomorrow.

These are the most vulnerable residents + crowded supermarkets are a challenge for them in particular during these times. ‬

Beginning March 16th, the city will do a daily update for residents in Jersey City via Facebook Live on the Jersey City Facebook Page. They will do this at 2 p.m. every day for the next week.
If you have ‪specific questions you want them to answer, please email [email protected].  They will aggregate the most frequently asked questions and do their best to answer them.
Click here to connect to the city’s Facebook page.

Jersey City Public Schools Meal Program:

Other Important Updates:

  • All public schools will be closed. Further reassessment will be needed from there.
  • Executive Order implements a 10 p.m. curfew on establishments carrying a liquor license in an effort to reduce large uncontrolled crowd turnout as a preventative measure to reduce exposing the public to the pandemic COVID-19.   Read the full press release here.
  •  All City-run functions are canceled through March 20th.  Read the full press release here.

The Jersey City Department of Health and Human Services (JCHSS) is continuously working in close collaboration with the New Jersey Department of Health, CDC, and local public health partners to closely monitor individuals living in Jersey City who may be at risk of contracting the illness and/ who may have traveled from or through regions where known outbreaks have occurred.

State and Federal Officials are also prompting members of the public to begin to develop contingency plans for work, school, and home in the event that an outbreak occurs in our community. While the risk of an outbreak remains low, now is the time for families, educators, and employers to begin preparing for the possibility of an interruption to everyday life in the event of an outbreak.

Some recommended steps include:

  • Discuss with your employer if telecommuting/working from home options are available in the event of an outbreak.
  • Store a two-week supply of water and food.
  • Periodically check your regular prescription drugs to ensure a three-month supply in your home.
  • Have any nonprescription drugs and other health supplies on hand, including pain relievers, stomach remedies, cough, and cold medicines, fluids with electrolytes, and vitamins.

To further the city’s efforts to stop the spread of the coronavirus, a 24-hour hotline has been set up.  If you suspect you have been exposed to COVID-19, please self-quarantine and call 201-547-5208. The State of New Jersey also has a hotline which can be reached at 1-800-222-1222.

Other measures being taken:

  • All city offices will be appointment-based only, walk-ins will be asked to schedule an appointment in order to be seen.
  • Venues (restaurants, bars, etc.) that hold more than 25 people are being asked to maintain attendance in case of the future need to track exposure.
  • They are setting up a conference call with organizers from all scheduled public events to discuss cancellation policies. They will disseminate that information accordingly.
  • They have proactively canceled larger group events for our senior community as we want to be proactive with the most vulnerable populations.
  • They are asking people to use judgment and to limit public gatherings when possible.
  • Jersey City has 12,000 MRE (Meals Ready to Eat) for seniors and congruent meal sites in the event of increased cases to be prepared to deal with vulnerable populations.

About COVID-19/What to Do

The COVID-19 is a novel coronavirus, which is believed to have first emerged in Wuhan, China in December 2019. Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that can cause respiratory illness such as the common cold, or more severe illness such as severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS).

According to the CDC, the current understanding of how the coronavirus spreads is largely based on what is known about similar coronaviruses. The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person, but it may be possible that a person can contract the illness by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or eyes.

Clinical presentation of confirmed cases of COVID-19 has ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death. Symptoms include fever, cough, and shortness of breath. It is important to reiterate that at this time, the CDC maintains that for the general American public, the immediate health risk from coronavirus is considered low.

If you are experiencing symptoms following possible exposure to COVID-19, seek medical care as soon as possible. Remember to call ahead and tell the healthcare provider’s office about your recent travel, symptoms, and concerns. Please also avoid close contact with others while ill and avoid travel.

Anyone with questions about the novel coronavirus, symptoms, or their risk of exposure, can call the free, New Jersey 24-hour public hotline at 1-800-222-1222.

Currently, there is no treatment or vaccine available to treat or prevent COVID-19, but the best way to protect yourself from contracting or spreading viruses is to follow good, common hygiene practices that include:

  • Frequent hand washing w/ soap & water, or use alcohol-based hand sanitizer if no access to water.
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue or sleeve when coughing or sneezing
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • If you are sick, stay home from work or school.

Flu activity remains high in NJ, and it is not too late to get the flu shot! The influenza vaccine does not protect against any coronavirus infection, but it can help keep you healthy during the flu season.

Additional Resources:

Coronavirus COVID-19 Updates for Jersey City Residents

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