9th New Jersey person tested for coronavirus is negative, as Bergen County prepares for virus spread

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HACKENSACK, N.J. — A ninth person tested for coronavirus in New Jersey tested negative Tuesday. The state announced this person was being investigated on Monday and was under self-quarantine at home.

There are no confirmed cases of coronavirus in New Jersey.

But with two coronavirus cases now confirmed in New York, Bergen County is preparing hospitals, schools and the county jail for the virus.

County Executive Jim Tedesco is stressing for the public to remain calm.

“Facts, not fear,” he stated. “We have to be vigilant as to how and when this effects New Jersey.”

Bergen County canceled overseas trips for 4 high schools, equipped police with protective gear and they’ve stopped allowing contact with immigrant detainees at the county jail.

The risk to the general public remains low, but hand sanitizer and masks are selling out.

County officials urged the public to use common sense to avoid the virus.

“Washing your hands with soap for 10 to 20 seconds or using hand sanitizer that is greater than 60% alcohol-based,” are important precautions to take in order to prevent the spread of the virus, said Tedesco.

New Jersey currently has over 700 isolation rooms available in local hospitals.

The state requested additional coronavirus testing kits, supplies and federal funding.

In Washington today, Rep. Josh Gottheimer told PIX11 Vice President Mike Pence and congressional Republicans stand ready to help.

“We were in the situation room this morning, a bipartisan group of us, to stress no politics. Let’s get this done. Let’s work together. Let’s get the supplemental package passed to get the funding out to the states and the counties,” said Gottheimer.

A 24-hour New Jersey hotline for coronavirus questions has already fielded over 1,000 calls. That hotlinenumber is 1-800-222-1222.

Schools in Bergen County remain open.

The county superintendent said if the virus spreads in New Jersey, decisions to cancel large events or classes would be made on a district-by-district basis.

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