2 more 'presumptive positive' coronavirus cases identified in NJ; total at 6Posted: Updated:
Two more "presumptive positive" coronavirus cases have been identified in New Jersey, bringing the total to six, Lt. Gov. Sheila Oliver said Sunday.
"We expect increasing activity daily, if not hourly," said Health Commissioner Judith Persichilli.
The first new patient is a 70-year-old health care worker from Teaneck. He was admitted to St. Joseph's Medical Center in Paterson on March 6 where he is in the ICU, but is in stable condition. Because of his condition, the local Health Department has not been able to do a full interview to determine New Jersey contacts or potential exposure to COVID-19.
The second is a 32-year-old man from West New York in Hudson County. He was admitted to Hackensack University Medical Center on March 5. Interviews have not been completed with this person either.
On Saturday, state officials had said there were 15 under investigation; they said Sunday that they were able to complete nine of those tests, including the two that came back positive and the other seven that were negative. They say that at this point, there has been no confirmation from the CDC on the results.
In total, officials say they are currently tracking 27 people under investigation, including nine in Bergen County; four in Monmouth County; three in Essex County; three in Union County; two in Cumberland County; two in Hunterdon County; two in Middlesex County; one in Sussex County; and one in Camden County.
The update comes as cases continue to climb in neighboring New York, which now has 105 confirmed cases.
Authorities say that an Uber driver from New York who tested positive for the virus had also transported people to New Jersey. Authorities are in the process of getting information from the driver to ascertain any potential exposure in New Jersey.
At this point, there are no confirmed tests from the CDC on any of the presumptive positive cases in New Jersey. Officials had expected results on the first two cases Saturday. They have not gotten them yet but say that information could be received at any point.
Results on cases three and four are expected by end of day Tuesday or Wednesday. Results on cases five and six are expected by the end of the week.
Lt. Gov. Sheila Oliver said the best way residents can protect themselves is by practicing safe respiratory hygiene and to stay home and call their health care practitioner if they feel sick.
GET INFORMATION: Coronavirus details from the CDC
MORE: Rabbi who tested positive for coronavirus attended bar mitzvah at Passaic synagogue
Gov. Muphy's Office: Presumptive positive coronavirus patient from NJ attended CPAC in Maryland
NYC mayor: Man hospitalized with coronavirus is Uber driver on Long Island
Officials: Coronavirus cases on Long Island stay at 4 with test results pending
PHOTOS: The impact of the coronavirus outbreak around the world:
Watch News 12 each night this week from 7-7:30 p.m. for a call-in show to answer any of your questions concerning the coronavirus outbreak. Then head to our News 12 New Jersey Facebook page at 7:30 p.m. for a Facebook Live discussion.
- If you are experiencing symptoms or think you may have been exposed to coronaivurs, here is a list of coronavirus testing sites in the tri-state area.If you are experiencing symptoms or think you may have been exposed to coronaivurs, here is a list of coronavirus testing sites in the tri-state area.
- From all the regions at News 12 – Westchester, Long Island, New Jersey, Connecticut, Bronx, Brooklyn and the Hudson Valley – we want to assure you, we’re all in this together.From all the regions at News 12 – Westchester, Long Island, New Jersey, Connecticut, Bronx, Brooklyn and the Hudson Valley – we want to assure you, we’re all in this together.
- From doctors and nurses to firefighters and police officers. From grocery store workers to news media and beyond. There are many who work hard to keep things running, keep us informed and keep us safe.
- Whatever the reason is, News 12 wants to see photos of what you're doing to keep busy during the coronavirus pandemic.
- Gov. Phil Murphy and state officials are discussing the latest updates on the coronavirus crisis in New Jersey.
- The statewide total number of coronavirus cases in New Jersey now stands at 25,590 cases statewide, after Gov. Phil Murphy announced 3,89 news cases on Thursday.
- Latest updates - Trump tests negative again, stimulus checks are on the way and help on the way for small businesses.Latest updates - NYC mayor says DOH guidance urges face coverings in public, Trump tests negative again, stimulus checks are on the way and help on the way for small businesses.
- These photos capture scenes around the world as countries cope with the outbreak.These photos capture scenes around the world as countries cope with the outbreak.
- The NYPD announced the citywide crime statistics for March 2020, revealing a decrease from last year.
New Jersey SlideshowsGalleriesMore>>
- The 1,000-bed hospital ship will help ease the burden on local hospitals amid the coronavirus outbreak.
- There are no rainbows without rain, right? Well, one might say it's been pouring lately. But a strong and growing group on Long Island is spreading color and positivity with a rainbow movement.
- As people work from home and avoid large gatherings, areas that are normally packed with people have suddenly become nearly vacant.