Jersey City coronavirus cases up to 8, 1st cases were healthcare professionals, mayor says

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The City of Jersey City says their number of coronavirus cases are now up to eight, revealing that they are taking new precautions at hospitals since their first cases were healthcare professionals, according to Mayor Steven Fulop.

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By John Heinis/Hudson County View

“Sharing info we’re doing to protect people on the front line. We have 8 cases in #JerseyCity + our first cases were healthcare professionals. We’re better understanding precautions/steps at the local level needed to protect the public + healthcare professionals,” Fulop tweeted this morning.

“Our local hospitals have set up tents to better screen ppl coming into the ER to not overwhelm the system + to not contaminate medical professionals. We’re doing our best to think ahead + be flexible as we learn more. Reminder: the 1st step isn’t to go to the ER it’s to go to your doctor[.]

The mayor didn’t specify how many patients worked in the healthcare field, but it’s a trend seen both locally and nationally, with two workers at CarePoint Health’s facilities in Hoboken and Bayonne also recently diagnosed with the disease.

Jersey City declared a state of emergency on Monday, with Fulop signing an executive order “closing most commercial businesses except food providers.”

New Jersey Department of Health Commissioner Judith Persichilli said yesterday that there have been six more confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Hudson County, which would bring the total to 25 (though their website says 24).

Thus far, 18 cases have been announced publicly: eight in Jersey City, five in Hoboken, two in West New York, two in North Bergen, and one in Kearny.