Sources: West New York man diagnosed with coronavirus back home, planning to work Monday

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The 32-year-old West New York man diagnosed with the first positive presumptive case of the coronavirus in Hudson County on Sunday is back home and already planning to return to work on Monday, sources exclusively told HCV.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

The man, who works in New York City, is otherwise healthy, has a gym membership close to his job, and typically frequents restaurants in the area, giving low exposure risk in North Hudson for the COVID-19 virus, according to sources who spoke under the condition of anonymity since they were not authorized to speak on the matter.

He has been home since Sunday, shortly after his diagnosis had been made public, after being admitted to the Hackensack University Medical Center on THursday, March 5th, as HCV first reported.

At the time, Mayor Gabriel Rodriguez indicated that the patient had no children in the West New York public schools and that the health department was conducting a full investigation into the matter.

The patient’s speedy recovery, which has been attributed to his young age and high level of physical fitness, is still on quarantine at home, but is expected to be cleared in the next few days and is currently planning to return to work on Monday, March 16th, sources said.

Town officials deferred to the mayor’s previous statement on the matter and declined to comment further.

As previously noted, residents are encouraged to call the state’s Coronavirus Information Hotline at 1-800-222-1222, the West New York Health Department at 201-295-5070, or visit the town’s website if they have any further questions.

Local precautionary measures for coronavirus include Hoboken and Jersey City cancelling certain upcoming senior activities, with the latter also establishing their own hotline to call in case anyone is concerned they may have become infected, as well as schools coming up with preventative plans that typically include online classes.

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  1. It is exactly this irresponsible behavior that causes exponential growth. If he goes to his office someone gets sick and it should be considered assault and if they die Certainly this is premeditated. Given current articles indicate that the virus can persist for weeks.

    https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(20)30566-3/fulltext#back-bib33

    https://www.bloomberg.com/amp/news/articles/2020-03-12/coronavirus-can-live-in-patients-for-five-weeks-after-contagion

    • Agreed. He’s as moronic as that Republican congressman that refused to self-quarantine after exposure to an donor (tested positive for coronavirus) at CPAC.

  2. Did I misread or did the article just say he is positive and returning to work in NYC?!?!? Who is allowing this blatant irresponsibility?!? How can people be so careless and stupid?!?!

  3. How did he commute to work before his diagnosis? If he was on a packed ferry or bus then he was a threat to the community. And what do they mean “he typically frequents restaurants in the area, so he is no threat to the community.” I assume this article is insinuating that the restaurants he frequents are in NYC but do they realize that countless people from WNY commute to the city everyday and could have been exposed to the virus. I’m disappointed in the reporting and with the mayor’s response.

    • I don’t know how he got to work and that’s why it wasn’t reported. There’s really no way to know that unless you know the guy personally. You’re also assuming he didn’t do the responsible thing and self-quarantine when he felt sick. We don’t know that to be a fact.

      Also, you seem to be taking a lot of things out of context, especially that quote which isn’t actually a quote: “The man, who works in New York City, is otherwise healthy, has a gym membership close to his job, and typically frequents restaurants in the area, giving low exposure risk in North Hudson for the COVID-19 virus …”

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