FREEHOLD, NJ — The first two presumptive positive cases of novel coronavirus in Monmouth County have been confirmed by county officials.
An 83-year-old woman in Hazlet is being treated at Hackensack Meridian Health Bayshore Medical Center in Holmdel, and a 27-year-old man in Little Silver was treated at Hackensack Meridian Health Riverview Medical Center in Red Bank, according to a statement by the Monmouth County Board of Freeholders.
The man, who has been released from the hospital to his home, was reported to have attended the Biogen employee conference in Boston late last month, which has been connected to at least 15 cases of the virus in that state. The woman remains at Bayshore and is in stable condition, the statement said.
Presumptive positive cases are sent to the federal Centers of Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta for results confirmation, according to the state Department of Health, which reports there currently are 11 presumptive positive cases of COVID-19 in New Jersey. In addition, 45 people have tested negative and 14 tests are in progress, it reported.
The freeholder board said it is monitoring the developing situation and "is prepared to take the appropriate actions to protect the public health and safety of Monmouth County residents."
To date, the N.J. Poison Control Center hot line at 1-800-222-1222 has received nearly 2,500 calls from the public on the virus.
On February 29 in Monmouth County, a man tested negative for coronavirus at Bayshore Medical Center.
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