At the epicenter of New Jersey’s fight against COVID-19, Bergen County Executive Jim Tedesco is under quarantine after contact with someone who has the coronavirus, InsiderNJ has learned.
The county executive is said to be all right, maintaining his work schedule, and working from an undisclosed location.
Tedesco appeared with Governor Phil Murphy and cabinet members during Murphy’s Friday COVID-19 briefing.
The county executive took an early lead on the public announcement front as his county absorbed an aggressive and unabated influx of the virus.
Sources tell InsiderNJ that Tedesco – and other Bergen politicians – had contact last Sunday with Holy Name Medical Center CEO Michael Maron, who tested positive with the coronavirus, according to veteran reporter Jerry DeMarco.
From DeMarco’s report:
Maron was among those at a news conference in Teaneck last Sunday with Holy Name Medical Center Chief Medical Officer Dr. Adam Jarrett, Teaneck Mayor Mohammed Hameeduddin, Township Manager Dean Kazinci, County Executive Tedesco, County Sheriff Anthony Cureton and Congressman Josh Gottheimer.
Rep. Gottheimer also announced that he has self-quarantined.
Tedesco’s office released the following statement:
Bergen County Executive Jim Tedesco, who has been at the forefront of efforts to combat the spread of COVID-19, has taken personal measures to flatten the curve. County Executive Tedesco, who is not experiencing any symptoms, has decided to self-quarantine at the recommendation of the Bergen County Health Officer after attending a press conference with an individual identified as COVID-19 positive.
“It is important that all of us abide by the instructions of the CDC and health officials,” said County Executive Tedesco. “Even if we feel fine and don’t have any symptoms of the virus, we all must do our part.”
During this time, County Executive Tedesco will continue serving the residents of Bergen County and like many other New Jersey residents, will work remotely, and remains in constant communication with federal, state and local officials, County administration and staff. Limiting the physical presence of individuals in office environments and work sites is critical to preventing the future spread of COVID-19.