Jersey City will mail masks to all 120,000 of its households

November 5, 2020

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Jersey City Mayor Steven M. Fulop joined the Health and Human Services Department and the Office of Innovation today to announce the city’s #MaskUpJC campaign, which includes mailing masks to all 120,000 households throughout the city. The masks feature five city-branded designs and will arrive in a larger package that includes a letter from Mayor Fulop and a poster.

Image via the City of Jersey City

“Absent a vaccine, wearing a mask is one of the few proven effective ways we can dramatically decrease transmission, and we want to further our efforts to support residents and encourage everyone to remain diligent as we get through this together,” said Mayor Fulop.

The #MaskUpJC campaign is also sending 2,000 stickers to businesses that read, “MASK UP to Enter,” which they’re encouraged to put on their storefronts and doors.

Like the rest of the state, Jersey City has seen an uptick in COVID cases over the past few weeks. Yesterday and Tuesday, the city saw 60 and 59 cases respectively, with a seven-day average of 43 new cases. Throughout most of August and September, this seven-day average hovered between five and seven. The city’s highest number of new same-day cases was April 2, when it saw 268 positives.

In nearby Newark, Mayor Ras J. Baraka announced on October 26 that the city’s non-essential businesses and indoor dining would have to close at 8 p.m., and beauty salons and barbershops will be appointment-only. The rollbacks came after the city reported a test positivity rate of 11.2 percent over three days. They are in place until November 10, at which time the city will review its status.

The state on a whole just had its third day in a week of reporting more than 2,000 new cases. In a press conference this afternoon, Governor Phil Murphy reported a state-wide positivity rate of 7.74 percent. By comparison, New York’s state-wide positivity rate was 1.59 percent as of yesterday. 

In response to the rising numbers, Governor Murphy said, “How close are we to doing something? Close. So bear with us, we will clearly be taking action.”


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