PARSIPPANY, NJ - The 88 year old Parsippany resident who was diagnosed with the Coronavirus this weekend has passed away. She is Parsippany's first COVID-19 related death. Mayor Michael Soriano issued the following statement earlier today:
Residents of Parsippany-Troy Hills,
It is with a heavy heart that I must announce Parsippany’s first death due to the COVID-19 outbreak. An 88year-old female Parsippany resident passed away from the virus today.
My thoughts and prayers go out to the family of the deceased, and I know I speak for the entire community in sharing that sentiment. This passing must galvanize all Parsippany residents, not classified as essential employees, to comply with Governor Murphy’s stay-at-home order.
The only way we can defeat the spread of this virus is by keeping ourselves separated from each other. Every death due to this virus is a tragedy, and every single one of us has a major and direct part to play in preventing as many tragedies as possible. That includes social distancing in supermarkets and outdoor spaces.
I want to emphasize that under HIPPAA laws, the Township cannot release any identifying information on those who have presumptively tested positive for COVID-19 beyond age, gender, and hospitalization. Name, address, and other information is not even shared with me, nor can it be.
While I understand that residents would like this information to be publicly shared, the fact is that these laws are in place for a reason. The best procedure is to behave as if anyone, including ourselves, could have or be carrying COVID-19, and to practice basic sanitation and social distancing practices at all times.
Mayor Michael Soriano