Jersey City COVID-19 update: 820 cases, 6 fatalities – including 1 city employee

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Jersey City has 820 cases of COVID-19 and six fatalities related to complications from the virus, including a city employee that also worked part-time as a security officer at Christ Hospital.

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By John Heinis/Hudson County View

“In #JerseyCity we have 820 confirmed cases and 6 fatalities. We need to continue to work together here + follow guidelines. Last night a city employee passed away from Covid-19. He was 60yo male and in relatively good health. He also worked as a security officer part time at Christ Hospital,” Mayor Steven Fulop tweeted this morning.

“While most people seem to recover from Covid-19, the fatalities really hit home when it is someone you work with/know. Let’s please follow the rules as that will be the best tool to avoiding fatalities + hardship[.]”

Jersey City has been operating two coronavirus testing facilities, one walk-up facility and another drive through, since Friday and Fulop says completed 1,000 tests by the end of today.

He also indicated that the percentage of people getting tested who are confirmed positive is decreasing: 46 percent, 36 percent, and 31 percent in each of the first three days, respectively.

The municipal employee who passed away is Ronnie Williams and he worked for the city’s Department of Public Works, according to friends and co-workers who spoke to HCV this morning.

Based on this new data, Jersey City is accounting for nearly 64 percent of Hudson County’s total number of COVID-19 cases, which has reached 1,314.

Other disclosed cases as of 9 a.m. this morning include 110 in Bayonne, 108 in Hoboken, 435 throughout North Hudson, 65 in Kearny, 60 in Secaucus, and four in East Newark.