UPDATED ON THURSDAY, MARCH 19: Wood-Ridge Mayor Paul has additional information from the County Health Department regarding the 72 year old woman, who has tested positive for COVID-19, who was visiting and staying with relatives in Wood-Ridge.
The woman came to town to stay with her son and pregnant daughter-in-law, in order to await the birth of her grandchild. The baby was born and is healthy.
The daughter-in-law has also tested positive for COVID-19, but she is stable, doing well and is expected to fully recover. She and her new baby remain in the hospital.
This brings the total number of COVID-19 cases in Wood-Ridge to two.
There is no information on the condition of the 72 year old woman, other than that she remains in the hospital.
"I ask all Wood-Ridge residents to share in the joy of the birth of this newest citizen of Wood-Ridge and also to keep this family, whose identity is unknown to us, in your thoughts and prayers," said Sarlo. "Through the grace of God and with the provision of high quality medical care, hopefully all the members of this family will be healthy and home together in the coming weeks."
This article was updated on Wednesday night after the Wood-Ridge Mayor and Council meeting on March 18, 2020.
UPDATE: At Wednesday evening's Wood-Ridge Council meeting Wood-Ridge Mayor Paul Sarlo stated that the 72-year old woman who had been diagnosed with a "presumptive positive" case of Coronavirus was not a Wood-Ridge resident, but visiting relatives in Wood-Ridge. According to Sarlo, the woman had no contact with the community in Wood-Ridge, except for her family. Her family is currently being tested for the virus.
UPDATE: The article has been further updated with additional information provided by Wood-Ridge Borough Administrator Christopher Eilert at 5:30 pm.
The patient with the "presumptive positive" case of COVID-19 was transported to Hackensack University Medical Center (HUMC) on March 8,due to an issue with a chronic health condition, and did not show any signs of COVID-19 at the time. She developed her symptoms while in HUMC according "to Bergen County Health officials.
County officials told Eilert that she only had contact during that time with medical staff and visitors in the hospital.
* The article has been updated to include a statement from Wood-Ridge Mayor Paul Sarlo.*
HACKENSACK, NJ – Bergen County Executive Jim Tedesco has announced in a press release that there are 31 “presumptive positive” cases of COVID-19 identified in the County by the New Jersey Department of Health as of 12 p.m. Saturday.
The municipalities with the “presumptive positive” cases include:
- Bergenfield: 1
- Dumont: 1
- Englewood: 3
- Fair Lawn: 3
- Fort Lee: 1
- Garfield: 1
- Little Ferry: 1 (Patient Deceased)
- Paramus: 1
- Wood-Ridge: 1
"We are aware of a 72-year old female with underlying medical conditions, who while seeking medical attention, has tested positively for COVID-19 and is being treated at Hackensack University Medical Center, " stated Wood-Ridge Mayor Paul Sarlo. "At this time we have no information concerning her family or who she has been in contact with. We are monitoring the situation and her care under the supervision of medical professionals. We will continue to follow the recommendations of the New Jersey State Department of Health and the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and are remaining positive while we deal with this ongoing situation."
Tedesco's announcement included a reminder to practice preventative measures to limit the spread of COVID-19, such as washing your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, covering coughs and sneezes, and staying home if you feel sick.
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