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Last night, members of the WRSD were notified of three related cases of Covid-19 within the district. All students, staff, and teachers who came in close contact - within 6 feet for more than 10 minutes - have been asked to follow New Jersey's 14-day quarantine protocol. (Note: If you did not receive a notification from WRSD/ Bergen Regional Health Services of the need to quarantine, no further action is required at this time.)
This information came to us at the same time as our receipt of aggregate case counts from the County. At this time, including the aforementioned cases reported by WRSD, there are 15 active positive cases confirmed as Westwood residents.
While this is a significant jump from our previous, single digit number of cases, it is not unexpected and follows the anticipated trends being reported state and nationwide. Several of these new positives are divided between three families, underscoring what we have come to know about the danger of transmission through close, prolonged proximity and exposure. One of those cases is known to be from a long-term care facility.
HUMC at Pascack Valley reports five CoVid 19 admissions. Younger patients with less than critical symptoms are in line with the trends.
As we’ve learned more about the disease, elder and vulnerable populations have adjusted their routines to minimize their risk.
These additional positive case numbers are NOT cause for unbridled alarm. Instead they are a call to refocus and recommit to the basics of preventing the spread of this virus: please continue to wear your mask, follow social distancing guidelines, and practice good hand washing hygiene. If you feel unwell or believe you have been exposed, please stay home and contact your healthcare provider. Furthermore, as neighboring counties and states see their numbers rise, please take extra caution if you must travel and adhere to quarantine protocol upon your return.
The Borough wishes our residents who have contracted the virus a full and speedy recovery. We continue to work with our partners at Northwest Regional Health to ensure accurate contact tracing. We ask that if you are contacted by a representative that you cooperate with their inquiries as we all work toward protecting our community.