PATERSON, NJ - According to some prognosticators the current public health crisis brought on by the spread of COVID-19, coronavirus, will have subsided in two weeks, or by Easter.

Don’t believe them, Mayor Andre Sayegh warned Friday. However, he added, “if we do our part with social distancing and testing,” and continue to enact strict measures such as closing local parks, we will get through it.

“The more disciplined we are the less difficult this will be,” he said, adding that the fight against the respiratory illness which has claimed three lives in Paterson and 81 in New Jersey will be "a lot easier when you have Biogenesis in your city.”

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Open in Paterson less than a year, the multinational cosmetics manufacturer has repurposed their 62,000 sf facility on Marshall Street to produce hand sanitizer. The new product, a company official said, won’t be sold but rather donated to local and area first responders who are at increased risk of exposure.

“We are doing our small part to be a good corporate neighbor,” the official said. “We plan to donate as much as we can.”

Also speaking on the Facebook Live video that Sayegh used to tout the donation was Paterson’s Health Officer, Dr. Paul Persaud, who gave a short lesson in the difference between using hand sanitizer and soap and water.

Hand sanitizer he said, when containing at least 60 percent alcohol, actually kills the virus, while washing hands for at least 20 seconds rinses it away, an important regiment that everyone should practice as regularly as possible.

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