While reflecting on a tough week for Jersey City, marked by the deaths of Councilman Michael Yun and former Councilwoman Viola Richardson, Mayor Steven Fulop said that there are now 2,469 COVID-19 cases and 99 related fatalities citywide.
“It has been a tough week here in Jersey City, but we continue our aggressive fight against COVID-19. We now have 2,469 cases and sadly have lost 99 Jersey City residents. Within the 99 fatalities, there are huge losses to countless families,” the mayor wrote in an email blast this evening.
Yun, 65, a revered presence in the Heights, died from coronavirus complications on Monday, while the passing of Richardson – a highly respected leader in the African American community – 74, was announced just minutes before a remote candlelight vigil for the former, as HCV first reported.
With no signs of the pandemic subsiding any time soon, Fulop noted that the city is trying to be proactive: offering buyouts for 400 City Hall workers, matching state grants for local businesses, and starting a local COVID-19 relief fund in anticipation of a $70 million financial loss.
“Most importantly as we conclude a difficult week, I still know that the future is bright for us here in Jersey City,” Fulop added.
“This is a special time of year and whether you are celebrating Passover, Easter or Ramadan, we learn about overcoming adversity and that’s exactly what we will do as a community. Have a meaningful and blessed holiday.”
This afternoon, the New Jersey Department of Health announced that there are now 58,151 COVID-19 cases and 2,183 deaths statewide, including 6,851 cases in Hudson County and 183 fatalities – the third most in the state by county.
As of 8:30 p.m., other tallies disclosed per municipality are as follows:
North Bergen – 1,082, Union City – 922, West New York – 698, Bayonne – 395, Kearny – 321, Hoboken – 278, Secaucus – 214, Harrison – 138, Weehawken – 134, Guttenberg – 120, East Newark – 20