NJ woman with coronavirus gave fake ID - officials can't find her

Lawrence Kim
March 18, 2020

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The local health department was investigating a second person who tested positive for COVID-19 to determine if he or she was a Newark resident.

An unidentified woman who claimed she was Newark resident and tested positive for the coronavirus at East Orange General Hospital is missing, prompting city officials to initiate a campaign to find the individual, Newark Mayor Ras Baraka announced today.

The woman went to the hospital on March 14, city officials said.

All residents are urged that when they get tested or seek assistance from medical providers - public, private, or PCPs - to provide complete and accurate information to the medical staff.

After a patient tests positive for the new coronavirus, health officials urge them to self-quarantine as investigators trace where the person has been and who they may have come in contact with while they've been contagious.

"Because you gave a false name - because you gave a false address - you put yourself and many, many people at risk", Newark Mayor Ras Baraka said in a video address earlier Tuesday. Police have not been able to identify or locate the woman, the mayor said Tuesday. We are searching for you and looking for you'.

East Orange General Hospital issued a statement saying that it was cooperating with officials on the case, saying, "East Orange General Hospital has been working closely with the Newark Department of Health, Newark Police Department, East Orange Department of Health and East Orange Police Department", the Daily Mail reported.

There were at least 20 positive cases of coronavirus in Essex County of Tuesday afternoon, according to the state Department of Health tracker.

New Jersey officials have warned that "many, many, many people" are at risk of infection after a coronavirus patient gave a false name and address and then walked out of a Newark hospital. Three people have died in the state.

Shelves stand emptied by customers at a local retail store, Monday, March 16, 2020 in NY. "Not only in the city of Newark, but all the surrounding cities in the state as well". NY joined with CT and New Jersey to close bars, restaurants and movie theaters starting Monday night.

New Jersey has joined other states in taking strong measures to slow the spread of the virus.

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