Gov. Muphy's Office: Presumptive positive coronavirus patient from NJ attended CPAC in Maryland

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A 55-year-old man from Englewood who is presumed positive for the novel coronavirus attended the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Maryland last month.

The development was confirmed Saturday night by Gov. Phil Murphy’s Office. There are four total presumed positive cases in the state.

Officials say the man had been symptomatic starting on Feb. 27. The Maryland Department of Health says the man was in Maryland from Feb. 27 until March 1.

The patient was admitted to Englewood Health on March 4. He remains hospitalized in stable condition.

The governor’s office says they believe the man attended Temple Young Israel in New Rochelle on Feb. 23. New Rochelle has been a hot bed for coronavirus cases, stemming from an attorney who contracted the virus. There are now 89 cases in New York and Gov. Andrew Cuomo declared a state of emergency.

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Earlier in the day, Health Commissioner Judith Persichilli called it a rapidly evolving situation. She says New Jersey has completed 29 tests. Of those 29, 25 have come back negative and four are the presumptive positive cases.

Three of the positive cases are from Bergen County and one is from Camden County. All four are currently in stable condition. There are also four tests in progress - one from Union County, one from Mercer County and two from Bergen County.

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Since Friday evening, the Health Department has received notification of 15 additional people under investigation. That means people exhibiting symptoms who have either been in contact with a confirmed COVID-19 case or present with pneumonia of unknown cause. Of those 15, three are from Essex County, seven from Bergen County, two are from Morris County, two from Passaic County and one is from Camden County.

Persichilli says they are working with the health officer from Passaic regarding a rabbi who held services last Monday in Passaic and was reported to have tested positive for COVID-19. The recommendation is that close contacts of the rabbi should self-quarantine for a period of up to 14 days from their last contact with the rabbi.

The Frisch School in Paramus has decided to close as a precautionary measure after a number of students were notified of a possible exposure in New York.

Lt. Gov. Oliver is asking the public to remain calm. She says the risk of the average New Jersey resident developing COVID-19 remains low and adds the surest way to protect yourself and others is to practice smart hygiene.

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