PATERSON, NJ - Mayor Andre Sayegh announced Monday that a married Paterson couple, and their child, tested presumptive positive for COVID-19, coronavirus, over the weekend.

According to Dr. Paul Persaud, Paterson’s public health officer, the couple were contained to one household and no external contacts were made. Both are said to be doing well, Persaud added.

In a statement Sayegh said that the couple, a male in his 40s and female in her 30s, as well their 5-year-old child, had presumptive positive tests returned on Monday. The couple also has a second child.

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The children are not students at Paterson Public Schools and all are isolating at home.

"Even before these first cases of Paterson residents were announced my Administration has implemented preventative measures to practice social distancing and containment to prevent community spread," Sayegh said. "We ask that residents remain calm and isolate themselves as much as possible in order to do their part to reduce the spread of COVID-10."

State and Paterson Division of Health authorities are proceeding with the public health investigation and response activities by tracing close contacts of these family members and taking appropriate public health actions.

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The announcement came as Sayegh declared a state of emergency in the city amid concerns that people aren’t taking calls for social-distancing seriously 

Restaurants and bars will be closed, leaving drive through and delivery services open for business. Barbershops, nail salons, gyms, go-go bars and other businesses will be closed.

“Unprecedented times call for unprecedented action,” Sayegh said.

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