HACKENSACK, N.J. — The City of Hackensack is working cooperatively with state and county health officials as well as Hackensack University Medical Center to ensure that the community is kept safe and informed of the situation regarding a confirmed case of Coronavirus that was announced last night. The patient, a 32 year old male Fort Lee resident, is being treated at Hackensack University Medical Center. City officials urge residents to take appropriate steps to limit the spread of the virus, but are also emphasizing that at this point there is minimal threat to residents and no one should panic. 

“We want residents to know that we are working with the hospital and all involved parties, and we have no reason to believe that anyone in Hackensack it is at higher risk than anyone else in New Jersey or the country,” said Mayor John Labrosse. “With that said, we are encouraging residents to take appropriate measures to limit any potential spread of the Coronavirus by washing their hands frequently and taking other common sense measures.”

The City of Hackensack has posted further information about stopping the spread of germs on its website, including the following steps: 

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  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw it out
  • Avoid touching your eyes, ears and mouth
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces
  • Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds

 City officials are also urging any residents with questions to call the State’s Coronavirus hotline or visit its dedicated website: 
Coronavirus Hotline 1-800-222-1222 nj.gov/health/cd/topics/ncov.shtml