JERSEY CITY — A day after the president said in a Fox News town hall special that the U.S. could see 100,000 deaths from COVID-19, the sobering numbers are giving a local city a reason to take bold action.
Beginning Monday, testing is open to every Jersey City resident — that's more than 250,000 people — whether they have symptoms or not.
Mayor Steven Fulop said the city has seen over 5,000 confirmed cases and nearly 300 deaths due to the coronavirus.
Anyone who test positive will get further information on what to do.
The roll-out of expanded testing comes as Jersey City begins to open more parks and farmers markets, and , eventually, businesses.
Antibody testing is now also available, with the city saying it can do up to 2,100 per week.
But city leaders like Fulop are aware that far more testing needs to be done, but for now, this is what's feasible.
And until a vaccine is readily available, coronavirus concerns won't go away completely. But it's also not feasible for the economy to remain shut down until one is developed. Mayor Fulop said he's being a realist.