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‘We are in the midst of a public health crisis’: Essex County executive tests positive for COVID-19

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Posted at 10:29 AM, Apr 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-01 10:36:17-04

NEW JERSEY — Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo Jr. has tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

DiVincenzo sent out a statement Wednesday explaining how he had been self-quarantined since March 21 after experiencing a fever.

His symptoms are mild, and he has been working remotely.

DiVincenzo also further advised individuals to follow orders to help prevent the spread of the virus.

“I implore everyone to practice social distancing, wash your hands frequently, limit your movements in public and stay home,” he said in the statement.

By partaking in the orders, society can “determine how severe the impacts of the coronavirus will be later.”

There are nearly 19,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in New Jersey, including 1,900 cases in Essex County. The state's death toll is just under 300.

As the number of positive cases increases, four of the state’s municipalities are going on lockdown.

Officials in Newark, Irvington, Orange and East Orange say just telling residents to social distance hasn't been enough, so now police will enforce it.

Fines will range from $30 to $200 per ticket, with second-time offenders being referred to the prosecutor's office and possibly charged with obstruction of the law.