TRENTON, NJ - Governor Phil Murphy updated the latest presumptive positive cases of novel coronavirus as reported during his press conference with officials on Monday at midday.
State Health Commissioner Judy Persichilli reported 128 new cases and two deaths in Bergen County. Of the deaths, five were male, and two were female, with an age range of 57 to 91. Two had pre-existing health issues. She provided no other details on the Bergen County deaths.
Bergen County now has a total of 609 cases, the largest number in the state.
Locally, Hasbrouck Heights and Wood-Ridge each have 7 presumptive positive cases.
Hasbrouck Heights Superintendent of Schools Dr. Matthew Helfant announced in an email to the district that one parent has tested positive. Below is an excerpt from his email.
A parent of a student in Hasbrouck Heights Public Schools has tested positive for COVID-19. The parent in question did have contact with their child between being tested and receiving the results. The child has no symptoms at this time. Hasbrouck Heights Public Schools continues to work closely with public health officials, who will communicate directly with people who may have been exposed to any individuals in the school community that have tested positive for coronavirus disease, COVID-19.
Any student, faculty member, or staff member who experiences symptoms associated with COVID-19 should contact their health care provider immediately. If you have any questions, you should call NJ COVID-19 & Poison Center Public Hotline at 1-800-962-1253 or 1-800-222-1222 or visit www.cdc.gov or www.nj.gov/health.
Helfant repeated preventative actions including regular hand washing, avoid touching eye/nose/mouth with unwashed hands, avoiding close contact with sick people, and staying home if sick.
Area with towns/cases are as follows:
East Rutherford: 1
Hasbrouck Heights 7
Little Ferry: 6
Rochelle Park: 1
South Hackensack: 2
Overall, there were 935 new cases with 4 new deaths announced during the governor's press conference. Statewide, there are 2844 presumptive positive cases and 27 deaths in total as of Monday, per the health commissioner.
Murphy said he expects the increase to rise some because of community spread and the increase in testing throughout the state.