The governor of New
Jersey, Phil Murphy, announced Wednesday night that the state now has
his first possible case of coronavirus.
According to the announcement, the patient is a man in his 30s, a resident of Fort Lee, who is hospitalized at Hackensack Univeristy in Bergen County. He has been in the hospital since March 3.
is working hard to keep residents safe and contain
the spread of COVID-19 in New Jersey, “Governor Murphy said in
a statement. “We take this situation very seriously and we have been
preparing for this for weeks, ”he added.
“I urge residents to remain calm and use the resources of the New Jersey Department of Health and Centers for Disease Control to prepare and prevent the spread of infection,” the Governor continued. “Protecting public health is one of my top priorities and my administration is prepared to respond quickly to any additional positive cases of the coronavirus here in New Jersey.”
The presumed positive case of coronavirus came after a test analyzed by the New Jersey Department of Health and is being sent to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for confirmation.
However, although it has not yet been confirmed by the CDC, local and state authorities are treating it as if it were a confirmed case.
According to sources, the man, who apparently tested positive for the coronavirus in New Jersey, had some kind of contact with one of the people who have the disease in New York. However, it is not clear which of the infected patients it would have been.
According to the announcement, the State Department of Health is tracking people who may have had close contact with the man.
The patient apparently did not know that he could have coronavirus, and may have spread the disease to others without knowing it in New Jersey, sources report to our sister chain NBC 4.
The commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Health, Judith Persichilli, clarified that the risk in the state of contracting the virus is still low. “Any case of coronavirus in the state is worrying, however, most New Jersey residents have a very low risk of getting it.”
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