Mayor Andre Sayegh is quarantining after being exposed to a person infected with the new coronavirus.
“Unfortunately, I have been exposed to someone who tested positive for COVID-19. Therefore, while I am asymptomatic and this morning’s rapid test was negative, out of an abundance of caution, I will work from home through the weekend and abide by public health protocols,” said Sayegh on Thursday afternoon.
Sources at City Hall said one of Sayegh’s bodyguards tested positive for the virus.
Sayegh said he will provide update on his health next week.
Covid-19 cases in Paterson have been surging over the past several weeks. On Wednesday, the city had 143 fresh cases. 350 people have died of Covid-19 in Paterson since the start of the pandemic.
Sayegh cancelled a press conference he had scheduled for 11 a.m. to show the new public safety communication center on Pennsylvania Avenue as a result of the exposure.
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