Newark has first confirmed cases of coronavirus

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Urban News Staff Reports

Mayor Ras Baraka confirmed on Saturday that Newark has its first coronavirus cases.

Department of Health and Community Wellness Director Dr. Mark J. Wade and Baraka held a press conference on Sunday to give an update.

The city has two people who have tested positive for coronavirus with one living in Newark. The patient is a man in his 50s who reportedly is self-quarantined at home and is asymptomatic. The other person who tested positive is being investigated to find out if they are city resident.

"We do have a case in Newark," Baraka said. "I know there were many Newark residents who believe the coronavirus would not come to Newark but it's here. We have a resident who is in fact tested for coronavirus. The person will get through this to the end. It's important for us to follow what folks are telling us to do. If you feel sick you should stay in the house and contact your healthcare provider. 

Baraka also announced details of an executive order he is signing to help residents and businesses impacted by the coronavirus situation. The city is imposing a moratorium on all rent evictions, instituting a 60-day extension on tax payments and waiving associated fees and the suspension of water shut-offs.

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