WESTFIELD, NJ — A 35-year-old woman is the third person in Westfield confirmed to have the novel coronavirus, the mayor said Tuesday night.
The woman “is stable and managing symptoms at home,” Mayor Shelley Brindle said.
“All individuals considered to be close contacts are in the process of being reached and asked to self-quarantine for 14 days,” Brindle said in a statement. “The three cases in Westfield to date are all unrelated.”
It was not immediately known where and how the woman contracted the virus.
“I have no idea who these patients are,” Brindle said via text. “That’s why it’s important that people stay home.”
The first Westfield case reported over the weekend is a man in his 40s, who is managing symptoms at home, town spokeswoman Kim Forde said.
A second case reported Monday is a 45-year-old man who is also managing symptoms at home, according to the town.
As of Tuesday night, the state Health Department had reported 15 people have COVID-19 in Union County, up from eight cases reported the day before.
Statewide, there are 267 people confirmed to have the coronavirus as of this writing, authorities said.
Public health officials have repeatedly called for social distancing to stem the virus' spread, a message Brindle reiterated in her statement Tuesday.
“Best practices mean avoiding play dates for the kids and ensuring you keep a safe distance of 6 to 10 feet from others,” Brindle said. “I know it’s not easy, but this is our new reality for now.”
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