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Mar 09, 2020

BREAKING: Two Cases of Coronavirus Reported in Monmouth County

The Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders received notice Monday afternoon of two presumptive positive cases of coronavirus in Monmouth County.

An 83-year-old female from Hazlet is being treated at Hackensack Meridian Health Bayshore Medical Center while a 27-year-old male from Little Silver is self-quarantined, according to a representative from the Little Silver mayor’s office.

The male recently attended the Biogen conference in Boston. Dozens of attendees tested positive after the February conference.

Both patients are currently hospitalized and in stable condition.

A “presumptive positive case” means local officials have tested the patient and received a positive result, but the CDC has not confirmed a positive diagnosis.

“The board is monitoring the developing situation and is prepared to take the appropriate actions to protect the public health and safety of Monmouth County residents,” The Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders said in a statement.

Senator Declan O’Scanlon said, “We have been told for several weeks that the coronavirus would likely spread to most communities, and unfortunately, it appears to now have reached Monmouth County. Today’s announcement should not serve as a cause for panic, rather it should reinforce our diligence in adhering to the hygiene recommendations from public health officials to help slow and limit the spread of coronavirus within our community.”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has advised people to cover their mouth when coughing and sneezing, avoid touching parts of their face, and clean and disinfect frequently touched objects. People should stay home if they are sick, except to get medical care, and wash their hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

The CDC maintains an informational website on COVID-19 centralizing advice and resources for healthcare professionals, families and businesses.

More details will be released as they become available.

As the number of confirmed coronavirus cases continues to increase in the tri-state area, local districts are preparing contingency plans if the virus were to spread locally.