PATERSON, NJ - In what was termed “a disturbing trend,” a statement from Mayor Andre Saeygh’s office said that some residents that have tested positive for COVID-19 are not sharing their close contact information with the Communicable Disease Strike Team

Data made available by the City of Paterson reflects that as of Wednesday 1,348 positive cases have been reported locally and that 58 residents of died from the virus.

As previously reported by TAPinto Paterson, the Strike Team is being utilized to inform those that may have been exposed to COVID-19 can begin to take preventative measures to slow the further spread.

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The result of not cooperating with the Strike Team’s efforts, the statement said, “will be an increasing number of household contacts getting infected and spreading the disease within the City and elsewhere.”

“Isolating those that are ill and those that may have had close contacts with an infected person from those that are not ill in a timely manner is key to the mitigation process and reducing the number new infections.”

All residents are urged to fully cooperate with the Strike Team.

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