Jersey City mayor identifies 3rd coronavirus patient as Heights resident in his 80s

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Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop has identified the city’s third coronavirus patient as a Heights resident in his 80s just minutes after Hoboken announced their second and third  respective cases of the virus.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

“I am sharing we have a 3rd positive #CoronaVirus case today. Male 80yo, JC Heights Resident. He has been in isolation. We are following up proactively w/all contacts, although of note for residents he has had limited interaction w/JC residents overall,” Fulop just tweeted.

” … Of note here: positive cases in #JerseyCity didn’t come through standard CDC protocol in that the tests went through private healthcare providers 1st. Why is that relevant? It highlights gaps between ppl w/access to better insurance vs lesser insurance which isn’t helped by slow fed reaction[.]”

Jersey City announced their first case on Friday and their second yesterday: a 41-year-old woman and 61-year-old woman, respectively, who both live Downtown.

They have implemented a number of proactive initiatives such cancelling all city-sponsored events, setting up a coronavirus hotline, adjourning municipal court for non-criminal matter, suspending street sweeping in light of schools being closed, and a 10 p.m. curfew for bars and clubs.

This brings Hudson County’s total of announced positive coronavirus cases up to seven: three in Hoboken, three in Jersey City, and one in West New York.

However, the New Jersey Department of Health’s COVID-19 dashboard says there are 10 confirmed cases in Hudson County as of this afternoon.

No other municipalities have released any information regarding new patients as of this writing.

 

Editor’s note: This story was updated with new information.