The Township of North Bergen is announcing that nine residents have now tested positive for COVID-19/Coronavirus. Each case is being thoroughly investigated by the North Bergen Health Department, including tracing each resident’s contact with others during the time in which they may have been contagious, to assess community spread. The cases involve:
60 year old male, stable condition, at home quarantine
43 year old male, stable condition, at home quarantine
31 year old male, stable condition, at home quarantine
29 year old male, stable condition, at home quarantine
42 year old female, stable condition, at home quarantine
78 year old male, hospitalized, stable condition
76 year old male, hospitalized, stable condition
64 year old male, hospitalized, stable condition
70 year old female, hospitalized, stable condition
“This unprecedented public health crisis demands a comprehensive response at all levels of government to keep people safe, protect our communities and provide economic relief to those in dire need,” said Mayor Nicholas J. Sacco. “In North Bergen, we are doing our part to promote social distancing and I ask all township residents to please stay home as much as possible to help us bend the curve of new cases and protect the most vulnerable, like our seniors and people with adverse medical conditions. This is a challenging time and we all must rise to the occasion and do our part to protect our community.”
The Township of North Bergen has taken numerous actions at the direction of public health officials to limit the spread of Coronavirus, all of which are accessible on the township website’s dedicated Coronavirus Updates page. Those policy actions include:
All township parks are closed off to the public.
The Recreation Center is closed.
The Senior Center is closed.
Senior citizen transportation is available to those with critical medical needs ONLY.
All senior citizen shopping trips are cancelled until further notice.
All open public meetings are canceled, except Board of Commissioners meetings
Adult day care centers are closed. Child day care centers are open.
All parking ticketing by the North Bergen Parking Authority is suspended
Street sweeping will remain in effect.
Zone 1 and 5 parking permits are extended until April 30.
Public Library buildings are closed, however various services are available online
To report price gouging, residents can call the Hudson County Office of Weights and Measures at 201-369-4323 ext. 7305.
Township part time employees will continue to be paid so that affected employees such as crossing guards, recreation staff, and many others will still be able to provide for their families.
In partnership with the North Bergen Parking Authority and the Board of Education, the Township is making hundreds of parking spots at school parking lots open to residents. Resident parking permits will be required and no commercial vehicles will be allowed. The available lots are listed below, and more information is available at northbergen.org:
Recreation Center parking lot, 6300 Meadowview Avenue
Senior Center parking lot, 1441 45th Street
46th Street Field Recreation parking lot
74th Street and Broadway parking lot
38th Street and Liberty Avenue parking lot
39th Street and Liberty Avenue parking lot
North Bergen High School parking lot, 7417 Kennedy Blvd.
Robert Fulton Annex School parking lot, 7111 Polk St.
The following local grocery stores have announced special hours of operation for senior citizens only:
Food Bazaar, 1425 Kennedy Blvd.: 7-8 a.m. every day
Dollar General, 2010 Kennedy Blvd. Union City: 7-8 a.m. every day
ACME Supermarket, 481 River Road, Edgewater: 7-9 a.m. Monday to Friday
Whole Foods, 1400 Waterfront Terrace, Weehawken: 7-8 a.m. every day
Whole Foods, 905 River Road, Edgewater: 8-9 a.m. every day
Mayor Sacco continues to coordinate with the state and county and is working closely with township department heads to develop and implement plans to address the coronavirus situation. Among those involved in the ongoing planning sessions are the North Bergen Health Department, Housing Authority, Parking Authority, DPW, Schools, Library, Senior Services, Police, Fire Prevention, EMS, OEM, and other key areas.
Any residents with questions should call the State’s Coronavirus hotline or visit its dedicated website:
Coronavirus Hotline 1-800-222-1222