FAIRFIELD, NJ — The first case of laboratory-confirmed COVID19 (novel coronavirus) in a Fairfield resident was discovered on Friday, according to Fairfield Mayor James Gasparini, who assured the community that “all appropriate precautions and protocols regarding monitoring and tracking are in place and are being followed.”

In an alert to all residents of Fairfield, Gasparini stated that the patient is currently under isolation from the public and is being continuously monitored by the local health department as per the New Jersey Department of Health (NJDOH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) requirements.

“Household contacts or close contacts of individuals who test positive for COVID-19 will be contacted by our local health department, asked for information and provided with instructions for quarantine and monitoring,” he said, adding that federal and state laws “strictly prohibit the release to the public of private health information of any individual, including the name, address, or any other identifying information specific to those who test positive for COVID-19.”

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Although those who have tested positive are currently under isolation from the public, there remains the possibility that others with COVID-19 are not yet showing symptoms. As those individuals are not in isolation, the Township of Fairfield urges all residents to comply with social distancing measures and to monitor themselves for symptoms both for their own protection and for the protection of others.

“Please understand that as testing for this virus increases, so does the likelihood of receiving more positive results,” said Gasparini. “We will continue to update the public regularly regarding the status of cases within the Township of Fairfield…

“Our country and our Fairfield community has been challenged with both manmade and natural disasters, and we have always endured and emerged stronger than before. Our resolve may be tested here, but I know that if we all do our part, we will prevail once again.”

According to the mayor, all elected officials and township employees "remain vigilant and prepared to deal with this pandemic" and will continue to maintain government services for as long as is possible "without putting either the public or our employees at unnecessary risk."

Gasparini stated the local emergency management staff is in constant contact with the local health officer as well as with county and state officials regarding the latest information on the global health crisis, and the Fairfield Police Department "remains attentive to protecting" the Fairfield community and to answering calls from anyone in need of assistance.