First COVID-19 case confirmed in Point Pleasant

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POINT PLEASANT — The first positive COVID-19 case has been confirmed for the Borough of Point Pleasant.

Originally on March 18, it was announced that the case was in the Borough of Point Pleasant Beach, but according to a message posted on the borough website by Mayor Robert Sabosik, borough officials have since been informed otherwise.

“Previously this evening, the County Health Board incorrectly named a COVID-19 case to be in the Borough of Point Pleasant Beach. We have just been informed that it is in fact the Borough of Point Pleasant,” he wrote.

“In an effort to alert the Borough of Point Pleasant community as soon as possible, we are relaying this information now as the confirmation of the first and presently only positive case for the COVID-19 virus here in town.”

The only information released as of March 18 on the case is that it involved a male in his 40’s.

“This individual voluntarily had himself tested when he felt ill and is following isolation protocols with mild symptoms of the virus,” the mayor confirmed.

“The Ocean County Department of Health is also in the process of conducting a thorough contact tracing effort and any individuals that could have possibly been exposed are being contacted by the county and investigated following proper protocols.”

The mayor reminded residents that now is the time to come together and ensure everyone is doing their part to remain healthy and safe.

“I have stated in previous announcements that our sense of community will get us through this difficult time. Announcements like this are not meant to incite hysteria, but instead are meant to inform and educate on the severity of today’s state of affairs,” Mayor Sabosik wrote.

“This is certainly not a time to panic, but it is a time to be concerned and for all of us to do our part by making smart decisions about hygiene and social distancing. It is now as important as ever to strictly follow social distancing practices and to quickly contact your doctor if you are exhibiting any combination of symptoms that the CDC has laid out on their website.

“We are all tasked with helping to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Your decisions as members of our community to take this seriously will benefit not only your families but your friends and neighbors as well. We will continually update information to our residents as we receive it.”

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