Update as of 3/15 at 12:50PM:
Mayor Fulop announced on his Facebook page a third positive Coronavirus test in Jersey City:
As I mentioned several days ago I will be proactive with information to avoid rumors so that you can trust if the info on the local happenings didn’t come from the JC government then it is likely rumor. Being transparent as I get info will hopefully be helpful for you.
We have a 3rd positive case today. Male 80yo, Heights Resident. He has been in isolation and has had limited contact with JC residents. At this time, we are following up proactively with any contacts he has had though.
Of note to what we see in real time on the ground: We do expect positive tests to increase significantly in our area as more tests results come back and as the state/federal guidelines for testing become loosened.
Important to note that the 3 positive cases in Jersey City did not come through the standard CDC protocol in that the tests went through private healthcare providers. Why is that relevant? Because it highlights the differences between good insurance and lesser insurance which isn’t helped by slow actions at the federal government level on testing which then impacts the broader community.
I just want to provide a picture for what we see on the local level and the challenges that local government faces.
This comes at a time when Hoboken has already shut down bars and restaurants, instilled a resident curfew from 10PM-5AM, and has ordered fitness studios, daycares, and more to close. Read more on the story here.
On Friday, March 13th, Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop announced that Jersey City has its first “presumptive positive” case of the Coronavirus. He made the announcement via Twitter this morning.
Important: This morning we have our first presumptive positive case of #CoronaVirus in #JerseyCity. As mentioned at the press conference yesterday we have had several people go through the testing process (7) over the last few weeks who felt symptoms – all tested
— Steven Fulop (@StevenFulop) March 13, 2020
The news comes just a day after Jersey City announced it would be implementing a curfew on local bars and nightclubs in response to Coronavirus concerns. Here’s what you need to know:
The First Case
On March 13th, Mayor Fulop announced that Jersey City has its “first presumptive” of Coronavirus. In his announcement, he explained that the city has had several people who felt symptoms undergo testing over the last few weeks. Today, the “results are the first time an individual has tested positive on the initial tests, and they are conducting follow up now per protocols,” News 12 reported.
According to the mayor, the 41-year-old female who tested positive is a downtown Jersey City resident. When she began to feel symptoms, she took the initiative to get tested. The mayor said that the city will provide more information as it becomes available and that the city’s Health & Human Services is working on getting in contact with anyone who was in contact with the patient.
Earlier this week, a West New York man tested positive for the virus, the first confirmed case in Hudson County, according to Hudson County View.
This news, however, comes just 24 hours after Mayor Fulop announced that the entire city will be temporarily implementing a curfew on bars and nightclubs starting this weekend, through to next week, in response to the Coronavirus.
What to Do If You’re Feeling Sick
The New Jersey Department of Health urges that anyone who feels sick should stay home. Symptoms of the Coronavirus include:
- Shortness of breath
All of the symptoms can occur within two to 14 days after exposure to the virus. Additionally, Jersey City has set up a 24-hour hotline. If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19, call 201-547-5208 before going to a medical facility, according to the City of Jersey City website.
“Clinical presentation of confirmed cases of COVID-19 have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death. Symptoms include fever, cough, and shortness of breath. It is important to reiterate that at this time, the CDC maintains that for the general American public, the immediate health risk from coronavirus is considered low,” the website states.
“If you are experiencing symptoms following possible exposure to COVID-19, seek medical care as soon as possible. Remember to call ahead and tell the healthcare provider’s office about your recent travel, symptoms, and concerns. Please also avoid close contact with others while ill and avoid travel.”
The City of Jersey City website urges additional precautions, including:
- Frequent handwashing with soap + water, or use alcohol-based hand sanitizer if no access to water.
- Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue or sleeve when coughing or sneezing
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- If you are sick, stay home from work or school.
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