The City of Jersey City has seen there number of COVID-19 cases increase to 15, according to Mayor Steven Fulop, who says the increase is expected as more people with symptoms get tested.
By John Heinis/Hudson County View
“I’ll start with saying to people we’re starting to see what’s expected in the number of confirmed cases: we’re at 15 as of now and we expect that number to increase pretty significantly,” Fulop said during a daily Facebook Live update he’s been doing since Monday.
“People shouldn’t be alarmed. It’s gonna be increasing because more people are gonna be tested.”
His remarks came minutes before New Jersey Department of Health Commissioner Judith Persichilli announced that there were 34 positive cases of the coronavirus in Hudson County, as well as the first recorded death – a woman in her 80s with pre-existing conditions, as HCV first reported.
The NJ DOH declined to reveal any more details on the deceased patient, citing their high volume of cases. Statewide, 427 people have been diagnosed with the coronavirus as of Wednesday afternoon, up 162 patients from the day prior.
Yesterday morning, Fulop urged people not feeling well to consult their primary care doctors before going to the emergency room since healthcare professionals are contracting the disease.
This afternoon, the mayor will join officials from Christ Hospital to unveil a new COVID-19 pre-screening system before patients enter the emergency room.
In Hudson County, 30 cases of the coronavirus have been announced publicly: 15 in Jersey City, seven in Hoboken, two in West New York, two in North Bergen, three in Kearny, and one in Bayonne.