UNION, NJ – Union’s Mayor Michele Delisfort sent out a CodeRed alert to residents alerting them to a positive case of COVID-19 at Union High School shortly after schools Superintendent Gregory Tatum sent a letter to parents Saturday afternoon.
Delisfort’s message said the release of additional identifying information is prohibited due to privacy laws. Delisfort said Union High School students and staff are advised to self-quarantine through March 28, since schools have been closed since March 13. She reiterated Tatum’s message to students and staff to be aware of their temperature and other symptoms. Anyone with concerns should contact their healthcare provider.
In a late day Facebook video, Union's Health Director Marconi Gapas said the individual made a self-report to the Board of Education 24 hours ago. Gapas said he spoke with the individual this morning. Gapas added the normal the self-quarantine period is 14 days, but "since the person and our students and staff have been out of school since March 13, the quarantine date will end on March 28."
Delisfort asked Gapas why parents and students only found out about the incident after the individual fully recovered. "Since the individual lives outside of Union, the positive result was not entered into our database." Gapas said when he spoke with the individual this morning, the individual said he was feeling well and their family was well.
“As a reminder, please continue to be vigilant about social distancing,” Delisfort added.
Questions can be directed to the Township Health Department via email UMB-HealthDepartment@uniontownship.com or by phone (908) 851-8507.