Fort Lee coronavirus patient remains in quarantine at Hackensack UMC

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A 32-year-old Fort Lee man remains in quarantine at Hackensack University Medical Center and is undergoing treatment for a “presumptive” case of coronavirus COVID-19.

 
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Officials say that the man lives in New York, but that he maintains an apartment in Fort Lee. He has been at the Hackensack hospital since Tuesday.

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The patient is listed in stable condition. He first started to feel sick Sunday, according to Fort Lee Mayor Mark Sokolich.

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"While in Fort Lee, this individual had no known contact with any other individuals," Sokolich said. "We've confirmed that he did not travel to a level-three country. That would include China, Iran, South Korea and Italy."

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State and county officials say that they are trying to determine how the man contracted COVID-19. They say it is possible he contracted the virus through his job, which is working in health care in New York City.

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His employer was not disclosed.

"Our state has been prepared for weeks for the eventuality that one of our residents would test positively for coronavirus," says Lt. Gov. Sheila Oliver. "We put in place a plan for preparedness and rapid response and that plan is working."

Samples from both of the presumptive cases have been sent to the CDC. If confirmed, the cases will be the first and second positive tests for coronavirus in New Jersey.

"There are no scheduled cancellations because there's no need for scheduled cancellations," says Sokolich. "Again, Fort Lee is open for business."

News 12 did see people around Fort Lee wearing masks while others weren't.

Bergen County Executive Jim Tedesco says some people have self-quarantined as a precaution. Tedesco says that the county is ready in the event of more cases of coronavirus.

"I anticipate with a county of a million people…I anticipate to have more positive identifications for this virus," he said.

COVID-19 is a respiratory illness with symptoms similar to the common cold. It can be deadly - mostly to people who are elderly or in poor health.

New Jersey has set up a coronavirus hotline for concerned residents. The number for that hotline is 1-800-222-1222.

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