Editors note: Township of Berkeley Heights will continue to update website on latest news on COVID-19 (Coronavirus).

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Mayor Angie Devanney provided statement at Tuesday's Township Council Meeting to update residents on COVID-19 (Coronavirus):

On March 9th Berkeley Heights Health Officer-- Annie McNair, was contacted by State Department of Health as to a confirmed case of COVID-19 or Coronavirus. The resident, a 48-year-old male, self-quarantined shortly after experiencing symptoms. At 2 PM yesterday, the Governor’s Office and State Department of Health publicly announced the confirmed case to the news media and public. 

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After self-quarantining, the resident contacted his medical professional who instructed him to drive himself to Overlook Hospital to prevent the potential spread of the virus to other patients in the doctor’s office as well as first responders in Berkeley Heights like our police and rescue squad.  The medical professional subsequently contacted Overlook Hospital in advance of the patient’s arrival to ensure medical staff were properly equipped and ready to provide a medical quarantined area. The Health Officer has been in constant communication with the patient since she was contacted by the patient’s physician. As a result, close contacts of the patient were notified of their exposure and ordered to quarantine.

As of today, County Health Officer McNair, has provided guidance based on the contact tracing investigation that was conducted alongside the New Jersey Department of Health (NJDOH) to determine the patient’s whereabouts, prior to being hospitalized. Based on the investigation, it was determined that the patient’s whereabouts did not pose a public health risk to the community. Any person at risk was immediately notified and advised to self-quarantine by our Health Officer, who is aggressively monitoring this case. 

The Township Council along with my Administration have been vigilantly working with our Board of Education, OEM Coordinator, police, rescue squad, DPW, Health Officer and Public Health Nurse as well as County and State to track and monitor this situation. The Township has regularly updated our various mediums and provided information through our e-mail blast, Facebook page and website. Our OEM Coordinator has been in contact with our senior citizen club and senior living centers to ensure information is disseminated in a timely fashion. 

Further, I will participate in a conference call with Congressman Malinowski on Thursday, March 12th as well as daily call with County Manager Ed Oatman and other Union County officials as Mr. Oatman disseminates information from the Governor’s Office. I expect to continue to meet with the members of the Berkeley Heights public safety and health team regularly. 

Please remain vigilant, care for your-self by taking precautionary measures and following the CDC guidelines.