NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – A spokesperson at Saint Peter’s University Hospital confirmed Tuesday it is treating its first positive case of the coronavirus COVID-19.
The hospital declined to comment on the patient specifically – citing federal privacy laws – other than to say it is an adult patient.
“Saint Peter’s University Hospital’s healthcare providers are specially trained to handle a wide variety of infectious diseases, including this one, and are prepared to deliver safe, efficient and patient-friendly care to all who walk through our doors,” according to a statement from the hospital.
“We are working with local and state partners on monitoring procedures for those who interacted with this patient.”
Word of the first positive case at Saint Peter’s comes on a day when Gov. Phil Murphy announced 89 new positive cases of coronavirus COVID-19 in the state, including five in Middlesex County. That brings the total number statewide to 267 – including three deaths.
Judy Persichilli, commissioner of the state health department, said Tuesday at a press conference with Murphy’s cabinet members that the age range for COVID-19 cases in New Jersey is 5 to 93. The median age is 52.
She said the state is looking into opening two or three shuttered hospitals in anticipation that a surge of positive COVID-19 cases will create an increased demand for critical care beds.
FEMA will also be setting up two drive-by testing facilities – one in Bergen County, one in Monmouth – capable of doing upward of 2,500 tests a day.
Robert Wood Johnson University reported March 12 that it was treating two patients who had tested positive for COVID-19.