Two workers for CarePoint Health, one from the Bayonne Medical Center and another from the Hoboken University Medical Center, have tested positive for COVID-19, a spokesman for the company confirmed.
The health care provider at Bayonne Medical Center is “considered high risk and was self-quarantined at home immediately upon symptom onset,” CarePoint spokesman Eric Bloom said in a statement.
“This result was reported to the local health department and the New Jersey Department of Health,” he said.
“Upon advisement of the local and state health officials, and in accordance with the CDC recommended protocol, the healthcare provider and other healthcare employees who were in contact with him are considered low to high risk exposure based upon established criteria and will continue self-quarantine until symptom free and meets the recommended time frame to return to work.”
He also said that the hospital is following strict protocols set forth by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control to protect patients, staff and members of the public.
The worker’s symptoms are mild and that they are expected to make a full recovery, Bloom added.
Additionally, Bloom confirmed that another worker at the Hoboken University Medical Center had also contracted the disease but did not release further details.
He declined to provide any specifics about the patients, including the municipalities where they live or their ages.
The novel coronavirus, or COVID-19, has spread rapidly through New Jersey, with 178 cases in the state confirmed this afternoon after just 50 verified as of Friday, according to the New Jersey Department of Health.
According to the NJ DOH, there are 19 confirmed cases in Hudson County as of this afternoon, 13 of which have been disclosed: five in Jersey City, four in Hoboken, two in West New York, and two in North Bergen.