JERSEY CITY, NJ - Jersey City officials have released a COVID-19 dashboard for residents to track the progress of the virus. As of Thursday, the city has recorded 841 positive cases and 20 virus-related deaths.

Mayor Steven Fulop said the city has performed more than 1,000 tests since opening its coronavirus test centers on March 27 adding that their efforts are turning around tests faster than the state. 

“We’ve been asked - Why do we get test results at our JC sites faster than other testing sites around NJ?,” Fulop said in tweet “Answer: we decided to contract directly w/the lab which means daily we bring labs the kits/pick up directly results to give back to residents. The lab simultaneously gives results to state to include in their numbers. This is different than other sites that are set up through the state. They take tests, give info to the state, the state gives to lab, lab gives results to state, state gives to testing site, site gives to individual.”

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According to Fulop Jersey City Medical Center is currently using about 75 percent of its ventilators and with 82 percent of its beds full with Christ Hospital showing similar number.

As previously reported Fulop said that about 35 police officers and 3 firefighters have tested positive but that he believes both departments are relatively well-equipped with personal safety equipment.

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