PATERSON, NJ - A man in his seventies suspected of being infected with COVID19, or coronavirus, has been hospitalized at St Joseph’s Regional Medical Center, according to Governor Phil Murphy. The patient is a Teaneck resident.
Murphy made the announcement in a tweet at approximately 1:45 p.m.
A subsequent tweet offered that 37 individuals have been tested for the virus in New Jersey, six of them presumed positive and 31 of them coming back as negative.
Saying he has been in touch with hospital officials Mayor Andre Sayegh told TAPinto Paterson that "this is something we have been preparing for."
Urging calm, Sayegh asked residents to continue to follow established health protocols such as regular hand washing and covering your mouth and nose with your elbow when you sneeze.
"We are a compact city," Sayegh said. "But if we practice good sense hygiene we should be able to limit the spread of this virus within our borders."
Editor's Note: This article has been updated to reflect that the patient is a Teaneck resident.