PATERSON, N.J. — Paterson Mayor Andre Sayegh has tested positive for COVID-19, the city announced Tuesday.
“Today I found out that, like so many around the world, I have tested positive for COVID-19," the mayor said in a statement. "I was one of hundreds of first responders and city employees tested this past weekend."
"COVID-19 is a silent virus and I do not know exactly where I may have contracted it. I am not suffering from a fever or cough, but will continue to monitor for symptoms as I am now fully quarantined to my home. My wife has been tested today as well, and we will closely monitor our children. "
Sayegh was elected in 2018. He used the positive test as an opportunity to remind his constituents to stay vigilant.
"I encourage all Patersonians to take this disease seriously and stay at home when possible. Even with all my careful efforts of social distancing for the last month — keeping six feet away from all individuals, vigorously practicing good hand hygiene, and even over the last week, wearing a mask in public — I have fallen prey to this virus. But I am a fighter and will continue to do my job on behalf of the city of Paterson."
Paterson is in Passaic County which has 4,101 positive tests for the virus. As of Tuesday, 62 Passaic County residents have died.