Updated at 7:28 p.m.
WESTFIELD, NJ — A Westfield resident has been diagnosed with the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, the town announced at about 4 p.m. Saturday.
Meanwhile, Garwood Mayor Sara Todisco announced in a video on her Facebook page at about the same time that a Garwood resident had tested positive for the coronavirus Saturday, as well.
That individual, who according to a notification from Garwood police is 62 years old, is isolated at home, Todisco said.
Little information was provided about the man or woman in Westfield, except that the person is in their 40s and remaining stable while managing symptoms at home.
Both towns are overseen by the Westfield Regional Health Department.
“Regional Health Officer Megan Avallone is following all related protocols issued by the state Department of Health for case investigation and contact tracing,” the town of Westfield said in the statement. “This entails a full inventory of the resident’s recent activities and locations visited. From this assessment, notification to all other individuals who have been identified as close contacts will follow. These individuals will also be asked to self-quarantine for 14 days.”
Residents are reminded to take all recommended precautions and exercise best practices, such as hand washing and social distancing, to help mitigate the spread of the virus, the town of Westfield's statement said.
“If you are experiencing symptoms consistent with COVID-19, please call your health care provider before arriving for evaluation,” it said.
As of 1 p.m. Saturday, there were 69 confirmed cases of the coronavirus in New Jersey and one person had died from the disease, according to the State Department of Health.
TAPinto Westfield has reached out to Avallone for comment.
Watch the video with Mayor Todisco here: