NEWARK, NJ — The missing woman who claimed she was Newark resident and tested positive for the coronavirus at East Orange General Hospital was found by Newark authorities and is under quarantine as of yesterday, officials said.
Mayor Ras Baraka alerted the public during a Facebook live stream yesterday that the woman who tested positive provided a false name and a Newark address. City health officials responded to the address but quickly learned no such person resided there.
Baraka would not divulge any information about where the individual had been since March 14 or why she provided a false identity at the hospital during his virtual town hall yesterday evening.
The city was preparing to submit an application to obtain a court order to force East Orange General Hospital to provide video footage of the patient as well as all other information, Baraka said. Newark Police Department, the Department of Health and the Essex County Prosecutor's Office are working in cooperation to glean the information they need.
Mark Wade, Director of the Department of Health and Community Wellness, told TAPinto Newark that the situation was being managed and health officials were checking on the woman periodically.
“The Newark Department of Health of Community Wellness uses the state surveillance system to monitor all reported cases in Newark. Currently, all cases involving Newark residents are being managed according to public health guidelines,” he said. “The individual in question has been located and is under self-quarantine. There are no other issues to report at this time.”