New Jersey reports presumptive positive for first case of coronavirus

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy (D) on Wednesday evening announced the Garden State’s first presumptive case of coronavirus.

Murphy said the patient in question was a man in his 30s who has been hospitalized in Bergen County since Tuesday, adding that an investigation is still underway.

“My administration is working aggressively to keep residents safe and contain the spread of COVID-19 in New Jersey,” Murphy said in a statement. “We take this situation very seriously and have been preparing for this for weeks. I urge residents to remain calm and use resources for the New Jersey Department of Health and Centers for Disease Control to prepare and prevent the spread of infection.”

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“Safeguarding the public’s health is one of my highest priorities and my Administration is prepared to respond swiftly to any additional positive cases of COVID-19 here in New Jersey,” Murphy added.

“Our Administration has been coordinating across all levels of government, and with our federal partners, to ensure that we are active and engaged with preparedness and response plan,” added Acting Gov. Sheila Oliver (D).

Oliver is serving as acting governor while Murphy undergoes surgery to remove a mass on his kidney.