Hoboken holds virtual coronavirus town hall as city confirms more cases of infection

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Hoboken officials held a virtual town hall meeting for residents about the coronavirus outbreak, as health officials confirm more cases of the virus in the city and statewide.

Hoboken Mayor Ravi Bhalla says that two more Hoboken residents have contracted the illness, bringing the total in the densely-populated city to seven. He says that this is why it is so important for residents to practice social distancing.

“That simple means maintaining adequate space away from the person next to you,” he says.

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This is why a virtual town hall event was held – to help ease the anxiety. It was the first day of Hoboken’s self-isolation policy. City residents must say at home even if they are not sick. It is OK to go to work or to go out to get fresh air, as long as people are keeping their distance.

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The virus cases in Hoboken range in age from people in their 20s through their 50s. The population of Hoboken ranges younger, with an average age of about 32 years old.

Health officials have said that the virus usually hits the elderly harder, but they also say that this isn’t always the case.

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“There are concerning reports coming out of France and Italy about some young people getting seriously ill,” says Dr. Deborah Birx of the White House Coronavirus Task Force.

Birx says that because so much of the focus early on was on the elderly and those with underlying health issues, Millennials may end up with disproportional numbers of cases.

“And so, even if it’s a rare occurrence, it may be seen more frequently in that group,” she says.

Hoboken residents seem to be listening to the mayor’s advice. Police Chief Ken Ferrante says that vehicle traffic in the city was down on Wednesday and that foot traffic was also down. He says that Hobokenites seem to be taking the treat seriously, without falling into panic.

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