New Jersey’s youngest coronavirus patient is just 5 years old — and the child’s parents have also tested positive for the illness, officials said Tuesday.
A Paterson couple — a man in his 40s, his wife in her 30s and the child, the Garden State’s first pediatric coronavirus case — were all confirmed to have the virus, the city’s mayor, Andre Sayegh, said Tuesday, according to NJ.com.
The couple’s second child, who is only 4 years old, was also tested for the virus Monday afternoon, the mayor said.
The family has been in self-quarantine since last week, when the man tested positive for the virus, according to the report. The 5-year-old has remained at home and was not taken to the hospital.
The child’s father works in Teaneck in Bergen County, which has become the center of the state’s COVID-19 outbreak, with 61 cases, according to NJ.com.
At least 178 coronavirus cases have been reported in New Jersey — including 80 new ones announced by authorities Monday, the outlet reported.
The 5-year-old is included among Monday’s new cases. A 93-year-old patient is also numbered among them, state Department of Health Commissioner Judy Persichelli said, according to the report.
Most of the 178 infected in the state “are hospitalized or have been hospitalized,” Persichelli said.
New Jersey also reported its third coronavirus-related death Monday, a man in his 90s who was being treated at Hackensack University Medical Center in Bergen County.
The state doesn’t appear to have hit its “surge” mark yet, according to the commissioner.
“We can expect several more weeks of significant activity,” she said.
Meanwhile, Gov. Phil Murphy told NBC News’ “Today” Tuesday that state officials are doing everything possible to “flatten that curve so we can take pressure off the health care system, and God willing, save lives.”
Just a day earlier, he announced that all movie theaters, gyms and casinos would be closed until further notice — and restaurants and bars would be limited to takeout and delivery. The same steps were taken in New York and Connecticut.
Murphy said officials will likely look at reopening closed hospital wings — “and then full hospitals — we don’t have many of them, but we’ve got some of them that are closed that can be reopened.”
“I think what we’ve said to our people is this is no time to panic,” Murphy said. “It’s also no time for business as usual … Each day the testing reality is better. We will have a meaningfully stronger regime by the end of this week.”