Jersey City COVID-19 update: 3,285 cases and 233 fatalities, mayor says

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There are currently 3,285 cases of COVID-19 in Jersey City, along with 233 fatalities, Mayor Steven Fulop said in an email blast this morning.

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By John Heinis/Hudson County View

“As we continue our fight against coronavirus, we currently have 3,285 confirmed cases and have sadly lost 233 Jersey City residents,” he wrote.

“Every day has presented new challenges here and we are doing our best to be aggressive and proactive with our actions, so I thought I would take this opportunity to update you on some of the local progress.”

Yesterday, the New Jersey Department of Health disclosed that there are 9,636 cases of the coronavirus in Hudson County, along with 420 deaths – both the third most in the state by county.

Based on that data, Jersey City is accounting for 34 percent of the cases in Hudson County and 55 percent of the fatalities.

They also appear to have the second most confirmed cases in the state, behind only Newark, who said they had 3,711 patients as of last night, according to Mayor Ras Baraka.

Today will be the first day that testing will commence at the Mary McCleod Bethune Lice Center, located at 140 Martin Luther King Dr., which will replace the testing site at the Public Safety Headquarters on Marin Boulevard for at least the foreseeable future.

“We know testing is paramount to stopping the spread of the virus and we will continue to periodically move the sites around the City to make sure we are serving the most people,” Fulop added, noting that testing has been expanded at long-term care facilities as well.

Additionally, while Gov. Phil Murphy (D) announced that New Jersey public schools will close through at least May 15th, Jersey City Superintendent of Schools Franklin Walker has come out and said that he should have made the cool to close schools through June.

Fulop wrote that although that won’t ultimately be a local decision, “we stand with the superintendent on his advocacy.”

Finally, he reiterated that the city has created a website to keep residents informed about which construction sites are active and which ones have been stopped following an executive order from Murphy on non-essential construction that took effect on April 10th.

The website lists 44 separate construction sites and only three of them have closed due to exemptions in the order, to the dismay of some local officials, as only HCV reported.