The number of residents infected with the COVID-19 Coronavirus has risen to 16, a number that does not include a Highland Park police officer who went into self-quarantine after testing positive for the virus that has quickly defined the era.
Highland Park Mayor Gayle Brill Mittler announced Monday that an 82-year-old male is the latest resident affected by coronavirus. No additional details were made available.
The mayor also announced that Highland Park Police Department’s first positive test for coronavirus, causing the officer to self-quarantine. The officer’s name, age, or place of residence were not made public.
“The officer has been self-quarantined since last week and is now feeling much better. The HPPD has taken all responsible precautions, including a thorough decontamination of their building and squad cars,” Mayor Brill Mittler said.
The Middlesex County Office of Health Services is the lead agency for investigating cases of COVID-19 in the area and provides the Borough with guidance and confirmation of cases. Mayor Brill Mittler urged all residents to monitor their health and consult their primary care physician if they are exhibiting symptoms.
Residents staying at home and needing assistance from the Borough’s COPE volunteers can email HPCOPES@hpboro.com or call (732) 819-0052.
If anyone has questions about COVID-19, they can call the County’s 24 hour hotline, 1-800-222-1222. They can also visit the Middlesex County Office of Health Service’s COVID-19 website, at: