Town Continues Working Hand in Hand with Federal and State Counterparts to Ensure Community Remains Safe
WEST NEW YORK, N.J. — A second West New York resident has tested positive for COVID-19/Coronavirus. The resident is a 51 year old female who is currently in stable condition and is undergoing self-quarantine at home. The case is under review by the West New York Health Department.
“We are continuing to work with public health experts to protect our community to the best of our ability,” said Mayor Gabriel Rodriguez. “We urge residents to stay home if they are able and to practice social distancing and proper hygiene. Residents should know that we will continue to provide whatever information we can and take whatever steps are necessary to keep our community safe.”
Per the CDC, residents are advised to seek advice via telephone from a healthcare provider if you have symptoms of cough, fever, and/or shortness of breath or have traveled to/from an area with ongoing community level transmission of COVID-19 to determine whether a medical evaluation is needed. Only a medical professional can send a patient for testing and make a determination as to the diagnosis of an individual. The Town continues to urge residents to continue exercising common sense measures – wash your hands frequently, avoid putting your hands in your mouth and eyes, avoid contact with others if you feel sick, and maintain a clean environment through frequent disinfecting of common and frequently used areas with appropriate cleansing products.
Out of an abundance of caution, the Town has decided to implement the following additional protocols:
o Postponement of all Town of West New York (Municipal) Public Programming
o All Senior Citizens Programming (Excluding Nutrition Center/Daily Supermarket Runs/Medical Appointments (As Needed)).
o All Cultural Affairs Events & Programming
o All Recreation Activities & Programming
o All Library Activities & Programming
The Town has further suspended physical public access to all municipal offices through at least Sunday, March 22, 2020. All offices will be open and Municipal Staff will be available to the public during the hours of 9:00AM to 4:00PM to answer questions and concerns from the public via telephone and email only. No in office visitation will be permitted for the duration of this protocol and/or extension of such as noted above. More information can be found on the Town’s website.
The State Department of Health has set up a 24-Hour Hotline for the community; that number is 1.800.222.1222. The State Department of Health has also developed a dedicated link to their website as follows: http://www.nj.gov/health/cd/topics/covid2019_resources.shtml.