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NJ Health Commissioner quarantines after employee tests positive for COVID-19

NEW JERSEY – New Jersey Health Commission Judith Persichilli will work from home and voluntarily quarantine through December 8 after an employee tested positive for COVID-19, according to Department of Health Communications Director Donna Leusner.

In a statement Saturday, Leusner said, an employee working in the Commissioner’s Office recently tested positive for COVID-19. The employee was last in the building on Tuesday, Nov. 24 and is currently isolating at home.

“Out of an abundance of caution and in line with the Department’s guidance, Health Commissioner Judith Persichilli and some members of the staff who work in the Office of the Commissioner at the Department of Health in Trenton will work from home and voluntarily quarantine through December 8. We have begun the contact tracing process to notify everyone who may have come into contact with our colleague during the potential infection window, and will offer testing to close contacts. The Office of the Commissioner was closed and cleaned today according to CDC guidelines,” Leusner said.

“The Commissioner will not be participating in in-person press conferences during her quarantine period and will resume in-person public appearances according to CDC guidance,” Leusner said.

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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