- On Saturday, a New Jersey woman checked herself into East Orange General for a COVID-19 screening
- The woman tested positive for the coronavirus then vanished after giving a fake name and Newark address
- On Tuesday, Mayor Ras J. Baraka announced on Twitter the woman had been found
A New Jersey woman was found after she tested positive for COVID-19 at East Orange General Hospital then vanished.
It was reported the woman checked herself into East Orange General in Newark on Saturday for a COVID-19 screening. She tested positive for COVID-19 and vanished.
Health officials later discovered the woman had given a fake name. City health authorities responded to the Newark address the woman gave medical staff and found she had also given a fake address.
Mayor Ras J. Baraka took to social media asking for help to find the woman. In a video posted to Facebook, Baraka went on video calling the woman a “public health risk” to the Newark community. In the video, Baraka urged the woman to turn herself into a medical provider.
About an hour after releasing the video, Baraka announced on Twitter the woman had been located. “UPDATE: We have located the woman that was reported to have tested positive for Coronavirus,” the tweet read.
UPDATE: We have located the woman that was reported to have tested positive for Coronavirus. Thank you everyone for your vigilance. If you have any questions please tune into the Virtual Town Hall tonight at 7pm.— Ras J. Baraka (@rasjbaraka) March 17, 2020
Baraka, along with other government officials and medical experts have urged the public to be forthcoming with their personal information when being screened for COVID-19. Officials have said people should not be afraid to give accurate information to medical staff.