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. 

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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