Resident of Alaris at Belgrove, Kearny, tests positive for COVID-19; child from Kearny daycare also tests positive

Two people with a Kearny connection — one of whom is a resident of Alaris at Belgrove on Belgrove Drive — have tested positive for COVID-19, the Town’s Health Department announced Tuesday, March 17.

The town says it received results March 16 that the nursing home resident tested positive for COVID-19.  The resident began exhibiting mild symptoms of the virus on March 13, the town says, and was taken to Clara Maass Medical Center, Belleville, on March 15.

All those in contact with the resident during those two days were notified and are being monitored.

The nursing home has restricted visitors to the facility and is following NJ Department of Health requirements.

The daughter of the woman who is infected — whose name we are not releasing at this time — says her mother either contracted the virus between Feb. 25 and March 3, when she was admitted to Clara Maass Medical Center or thereafter, somehow, when she returned to the nursing home.

The woman’s daughter says her mother is currently being kept, in isolation, at Clara Maass.

Additionally, a student who resides in Paterson, but who attends a daycare on Highland Avenue, also tested positive for COVID-19, according to the town.

That student was taken out of school on March 9, before the student exhibited any symptoms of the disease. The student’s classmates are at low risk for contracting the disease and will be monitored for signs and symptoms of COVID-19, the Kearny Health Department says.

The township of Belleville, meanwhile, recently announced Clara Maass is currently treating four patients for the Coronavirus. Two are residents of Belleville.


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