JERSEY CITY, NJ - Jersey City has purchased more than 100,000 masks to distribute to its public safety personnel and other first line workers, Health Officer Stacey Flanagan has reported.

In addition, the city has received nearly 20,000 donated masks, most of which the city is distributing to senior citizens and other residents in an effort to curb the spread of COVID-19.

“We’ve given about 5,000 to senior housing,” she said adding that more, as well as hand sanitizers and other PPE, have been distributed to community groups and volunteers with organizations like Meals on Wheels and Angela Cares which have been delivering groceries to residents. “When we are asked, we give from the donated stock rather than from what the city has purchased.”

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Local residents, through efforts such as GoFundMe and crowdsourcing, have also made about 70,000 face shields, Flanagan said.

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