PARSIPPANY-TROY HILLS, NJ (Morris County) – An 88-year-old Parsippany woman has died from COVID-19, according to Parsippany-Troy Hills Mayor Michael Soriano.
The 88-year-old woman passed away Monday and this is the town’s first death due to the COVID-19 outbreak, Soriano said.
“My thoughts and prayers go out to the family of the deceased, and I know I speak for the entire community in sharing that sentiment. This passing must galvanize all Parsippany residents, not classified as essential employees, to comply with Governor Murphy’s stay-at-home order,” Soriano said.
The only way we can defeat the spread of this virus is by keeping ourselves separated from each other. Every death due to this virus is a tragedy, and every single one of us has a major and direct part to play in preventing as many tragedies as possible. That includes social distancing in supermarkets and outdoor spaces, Soriano said.
“I want to emphasize that under HIPPAA laws, the Township cannot release any identifying information on those who have presumptively tested positive for COVID-19 beyond age, gender, and hospitalization. Name, address, and other information is not even shared with me, nor can it be,” Soriano said
“While I understand that residents would like this information to be publicly shared, the fact is that these laws are in place for a reason. The best procedure is to behave as if anyone, including ourselves, could have or be carrying COVID-19, and to practice basic sanitation and social distancing practices at all times,” Soriano said.
Residents are urged to consult your personal doctor if you exhibit any symptoms of illness. The Township will continue to provide accurate and up-to-date information as quickly as possible. New Jersey has also set up a comprehensive website covering many questions residents may have regarding COVID-19, as well as a telephone hotline. For more information, click here or call 211.