State health officials and Governor Phil Murphy’s office have confirmed the first, presumptive, positive case of the coronavirus in Hudson County. A 32-year old, unidentified male from West New York was admitted to Hackensack University Medical Center on Thursday, March 5th. This marks the sixth positive test for the virus in the Garden State. Four cases are from Bergen County, one is from Camden County, and now the first coming from Hudson County.
West New York Mayor Gabriel Rodriguez released the following statement with regard to the presumptive, positive diagnosis of the local resident for the COVID-19/Coronavirus announced by the state on Sunday:
“This morning I was informed by state officials that a West New York resident recorded a presumptive positive test for COVID-19/Coronavirus. Upon learning of the diagnosis I directed our Health Department to immediately undertake a Public Health Action Plan, including a full investigation of the individual’s timeline to assess the risk to public health.
The patient is a 32 year old male and he is currently receiving treatment at Hackensack University Medical Center. In order to protect the patient’s privacy we are not releasing any other information at this time. It’s important to note that the individual does not have any children who are students in the West New York school district, and we have communicated that fact to the Board of Education.
At this time we are urging residents to continue exercising common sense measures like frequently washing your hands and avoiding contact with others if you feel sick. We are working closely with our local health department and state officials and will provide additional updates as more information becomes available.”
For any questions, residents are encouraged to call the state’s Coronavirus Information hotline at 1-800-222-1222 or the West New York Health Department at 201-295-5070 or visit the Town’s website.