NJ woman with coronavirus who gave fake name, address finally found
A New Jersey woman diagnosed with coronavirus who sparked a manhunt after giving a false name and address when she was tested has been found.
The unidentified woman tested positive for the virus on Saturday at East Orange General Hospital, Newark Mayor Ras Baraka said Tuesday in a video message.
“A positive test was returned, however, she provided a false name and a Newark address,” Baraka said.
City health officials responded to the location provided by the woman but did not find her at the home. Using possible video footage of the woman from the hospital, Newark police were then tasked with tracking her down, Baraka said.
“Because you gave a false name, because you gave a false address, you put yourself and many, many people at risk,” the mayor said.
“Not only just in the city of Newark, but all of the surrounding cities in this state as well.”
Just two hours after addressing the woman directly — telling her to immediately return to the hospital — city officials in Newark located the woman, Baraka tweeted.
The mayor had also threatened legal action to force the hospital to provide as much identifying information about her as possible in an effort to find her.
Baraka declined to indicate exactly where the woman was found during a virtual town hall Tuesday evening.
“She is in her home and has been quarantined in her home and the Health Department is checking on her periodically to make sure that she continues to be quarantined,” Baraka said. “If you are supposed to be quarantined, you have to take that seriously.”
A message seeking additional info about the woman from Baraka’s office was not immediately returned Wednesday afternoon.
As of Wednesday, there were 267 confirmed cases of coronavirus in New Jersey, according to state Department of Health data.
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