NEW JERSEY: Developments in the new coronavirus outbreak continue to unfold rapidly in New Jersey now that the number of cases has risen to 15, and one person has died. Patch will be running regular updates as more information is released, and a list of those who have tested positive, and their locations, is below.
Gov. Phil Murphy has declared a state of emergency, which allows his administration to expand its powers to treat the illness.
The first person in New Jersey to die of the coronavirus was reported on Tuesday, March 10.
Schools and colleges across the state are canceling classes and preparing for an outbreak that could get worse. Read more: Coronavirus NJ School Closures: Here’s The Latest
State health officials have issued a long list of coronavirus outbreak guidelines for New Jersey schools and colleges now that the number of cases continues to climb in the United States and across the Garden State.
Some hospitals have also started visitation restrictions.
Here are the people who have gotten sick:
- A 32-year-old Fort Lee man was identified as New Jersey’s first presumptive new coronavirus case. He was hospitalized at Hackensack University Medical Center. He developed symptoms on March 1, and received medical care on March 2 at an urgent care facility before going to the emergency room at Hackensack, officials said.
- A woman in her 30s from Englewood had her specimen collected at Englewood Hospital and Medical Center and was isolating at home, officials announced on March 5.
- A Cherry Hill man in his 60s was in stable condition and in isolation, officials announced on March 6. He was being treated at Jefferson Cherry Hill Hospital.
- A 55-year-old man from Englewood was hospitalized on March 5 at Englewood Hospital and Medical Center in Bergen County. The man apparently attended the Conservative Political Action Conference in February in Maryland, which President Trump also attended.
- A 70-year-old man from Teaneck was hospitalized at St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center in Paterson. The man, who is a health care worker, was in the intensive care unit. His symptoms developed and he was admitted on March 6, officials said.
- A 32-year-old man from West New York developed symptoms on Feb. 28 and was admitted to Hackensack University Medical Center on March 5.
- An 18-year-old from Clifton developed symptoms on March 6. The person was not hospitalized and possibly got the disease from someone in New York on March 2.
- A 48-year-old from Berkeley Heights developed symptoms on March 1. The person was hospitalized at Overlook Medical Center in Summit. He had symptomatic friends from Italy, but they all tested negative.
- A woman, 83, from Hazlet got sick and was being treated at Hackensack Meridian Health Bayshore Medical Center.
- A man, 27, from Little Silver was being treated at Hackensack Meridian Health Riverview Medical Center. He recently attended the Biogen conference in Boston.
- A 30-year-old from Teaneck developed symptoms on March 3 and was hospitalized at Holy Name in Teaneck.
- A 69-year-old man from Little Ferry was the first person in New Jersey to die of the disease. He suffered from various other illnesses and died after suffering from cardiac arrest on March 10.
- One other person from Bergen County and two others from Burlington County were identified as new cases on March 10.
How It Spreads
The virus that causes COVID-19 is spreading from person-to-person. Someone who is actively sick with COVID-19 can spread the illness to others. That is why CDC recommends that these patients be isolated either in the hospital or at home (depending on how sick they are) until they are better and no longer pose a risk of infecting others.
There is currently no vaccine for COVID-19.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipes.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.