JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Family and friends of Jacksonville City Councilwoman Ju’Coby Pittman are asking for prayers as she battles COVID-19.
News4Jax learned Monday that she has been hospitalized and is in an intensive care unit. It’s unclear how she contracted the virus.
Pittman represents District 8 in Jacksonville and is also the CEO of the Clara White Mission, which provides social and professional services to the city’s underserved communities and homeless veterans.
She has been heavily involved in recent issues with residents at the Hilltop Village apartments and is working to help displaced families.
Pittman has also been an advocate for COVID vaccinations.
“My thoughts and prayers are with Council Member Ju’Coby Pittman and her family during this time of illness,” Council President Sam Newby wrote in a statement Tuesday morning. “I KNOW God to be a healer and I trust God will heal my dear colleague completely. We have so much more work to do! God is Able!”
“Our prayers for Council member Pittman ask for a full and swift recovery. I know all council members equally share their thoughts and prayers,” former City Council President Tommy Hazouri said in a text message.
City Council Vice President Terrance Freeman said via text, “I’d like to join my colleagues in lifting my friend Council member Pittman in prayer. Ju’Coby is strong and is a fighter and I look forward to her rejoining the Council soon.”
Councilmember Joyce Morgan said in an email, “I am very sorry and sad to hear this report for Councilwoman Pittman or anyone else experiencing the effects of this virus, and my thoughts and prayers are with my friend and colleague as she battles COVID-19. I also wish the best for her son, daughter and family because COVID impacts all of them”.
Councilman Matt Carlucci told News4Jax, “Councilmember Ju’Coby Pittman is very dear to all our hearts and to thousands of hearts in Jacksonville and our community. My wife and I have already lifted her up in prayer for a speedy recovery.”
Councilman Michael Boylan told News4Jax via email, “I exchanged texts with CM Pittman this afternoon to offer her my prayers and best wishes. She confirmed she was in ICU at Baptist South in order to (her words) “stabilize” her condition.”
During an interview on The Morning Show on Tuesday, Mayor Lenny Curry said: “First and foremost, she’s become a friend over the years. I’m praying for her. I would just encourage your viewers to join in prayer that she pulls through this and comes out the other side of this. She’s a good community leader, both on the council and what she’s done for the community over the years, and more importantly, she’s a good mom and a good friend.”
News4Jax does not know Pittman’s vaccination status or which vaccine she might have had if she did have one. News4Jax does not have access to Ju’Coby Pittman’s medical records since they are protected by federal law, as is every American citizen’s.