NJ man hospitalized with state’s 1st ‘presumptive positive case of novel coronavirus,’ officials say

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BERGEN COUNTY — A New Jersey man was hospitalized with the state’s first “presumptive positive case of novel coronavirus,” officials said Wednesday night.

The patient, a 32-year-old man from Fort Lee, has been hospitalized in Bergen County since Tuesday, according to Fort Lee Mayor Mark Sokolich.

The test result came from a sample tested by the New Jersey Department of Health. It now heads to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for confirmatory testing. Governor Phil Murphy urged residents to stay calm.

“My Administration is working aggressively to keep residents safe and contain the spread of COVID-19 in New Jersey,” Murphy said. “We take this situation very seriously and have been preparing for this for weeks.”

Bergen County Executive Jim Tedesco echoed the governor’s sentiment, saying in a statement late Wednesday night, “We know the COVID-19 virus will happen in New Jersey and if it should happen in Bergen County we will be prepared and ready.”

State officials have not released any additional information about the man.

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

Bergen County canceled overseas trips for four high schools, equipped police with protective gear and stopped accepting immigrant detainees at the county jail.

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

Earlier Wednesday, Health Commissioner Judith Persichilli asked people who attended religious events at the Temple Young Israel in New Rochelle, NY on Feb. 22 and 23 to self-quarantine until March 8. There are 11 confirmed cases in New York, most of them out of New Rochelle.

Click here for more information on novel coronavirus from the NJ Health Department.

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