1st COVID-19 death at Christ Hospital confirmed, 2 under investigation, Fulop says


Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop wrote on Twitter that the 1st COVID-19 death at Christ Hospital was confirmed last night, with two other dead on arrival cases under investigation, as measures has been taken to secure more ventilators for the facility.

Christ Hospital in Jersey City. Photo via Google Maps.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

The mayor tweeted that there are still 130 confirmed cases in the city, the same figure released last night, adding that two people were found “DOA under investigation,” with the likely cause being COVID-19 based on initial findings.

He added that one death was confirmed at Christ Hospital last night.

With concerns of hospitals running short on supplies, with Christ Hospital nearly at capacity on ventilators yesterday, the city was able to work out an arrangement with the state to get more ventilators – adding another 25 percent capacity, Fulop noted.

Furthermore, the city appears to be well-stocked on personal protective equipment (PPEs), ready to make a donation to local hospitals that are running short on supplies.

“The city currently has 1500 full PPE kits available and 1200 PPE reserves. Our OEM has done a good job of planning and we are equipped with backups for first our responders. We are also supplying 400 of our reserves to local Hospitals today,” Fulop wrote.

Yesterday, the City of Bayonne confirmed their first coronavirus-related fatality, which the Town of Kearny did on Monday.

According to data provided by the New Jersey Department of Health, along with individual municipalities, that brings the total of COVID-19 deaths in Hudson County to six.