NJ mayor thinks he had coronavirus 2 months before 1st confirmed case in US

NJ mayor thinks he had coronavirus 2 months before 1st confirmed case in US

The mayor of Belleville is making a startling yet uncorroborated claim that he contracted the coronavirusin New Jersey in November, two months before the first confirmed U.S. case in Washington State.Mayor Michael Melham said he recently asked his doctor, days after a routine physical, to test his blood for COVID-19antibodies — and got a positive finding on Wednesday.The first case of the coronavirusin the United States was announced January 21. New Jersey’s first coronavirus case wasn’t diagnosed until early March. Melham, though, said he is convinced he was infected four months earlier. He r...


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