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Atlantic County Reports 1st Positive COVID-19 Cases

The novel strain of coronavirus (COVID-19).
The novel strain of coronavirus (COVID-19). Photo Credit: Pixabay

An Atlantic County man in his 60s tested positive for the coronavirus, marking the county’s first positive test for COVID-19, officials said.

The man, whose name was not released, has underlying health conditions and was asked to self-quarantine at home for 14 days, Atlantic County Executive Dennis Levinson said in a statement.

State officials announced two other presumptive positive Atlantic County cases on Wednesday, bringing its total to three.

“While this is unfortunate news, it is not unexpected,” Levinson said. “All 50 states now have COVID-19 cases and the numbers will increase as more testing occurs.”

With Atlantic County’s confirmed case, 18 of the state’s 21 counties now have a person with coronavirus. As of Wednesday afternoon, there were no cases in Sussex, Cape May and Salem counties. 

The age of people who have tested positive ranges from 5 to 95, state officials said Wednesday.

“But there is no reason to panic," Levinson said. “Health officials continue to emphasize that 80 percent of cases will be mild or moderate with full recoveries expected. The deeper concern is for those with underlying health conditions or compromised immune systems.”

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