Coronavirus update: NJ cases now up to 11 with 5 more reported today

Taken from NorthJersey.com

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March 9, 2020

New Jersey reported five new presumed cases of coronavirus on Monday, which brings the state total to 11, Lt. Gov. Sheila Oliver said at an afternoon press briefing.

The new cases include:

  •  an 18-year-old from Clifton, state Health Commissioner Judith Persichilli said. The patient is not hospitalized, and could have been in contact with a coronavirus patient in New York.
  • a 30-year-old Teaneck resident, who was admitted to Holy Name Medical Center.
  • a 48-year-old from Berkeley Heights in Union County, who is at Overlook Medical Center in Summit.
  • a 27-year-old man in Little Silver and an 83-year-old woman from Hazlet, both in Monmouth County. The woman is being treated at Bayshore Medical Center in Holmdel.

State officials said there are 24 people currently in the process of being tested at the state lab. It is unknown how many might be getting tested through private labs.

There are now five presumed cases in Bergen County.

Bergen County Executive Jim Tedesco said he has instructed county officials to put in place a plan to mitigate the outbreak, to reduce the loss of life and rapid spread of the virus.

“We will get through this,” he said. “New Jersey people are strong, resilient and tough.”

Tedesco said officials are out making spot checks to guard against price gouging for sanitary and other products.

“The amount of people hoarding bottled water is unbelievable,” he said, noting that Suez, the utility that provides water to Bergen County, purifies drinking water with a process that would remove any coronavirus.

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