NJ Health Commissioner Judith Persichilli, 71, quarantining after staffer COVID positive

New Jersey Health Commissioner Judith Persichilli
New Jersey Health Commissioner Judith Persichilli. Photo credit NorthJersey.com-USA TODAY NETWORK via Imagn Content Services, LLC

TRENTON (1010 WINS) -- New Jersey Health Commissioner Judith Persichilli will self-quarantine after a staffer in her office tested positive for the coronavirus, officials said Saturday.

Persichilli, 71, and other employees who worked at the commissioner's Trenton office will work from home and voluntarily quarantine through Dec. 8 “out of an abundance of caution,” according to a statement from Donna Leusner, a spokesperson for the Department of Health.

Persichilli, who has become a mainstay at Gov. Phil Murphy’s coronavirus briefings, will not participate in in-person press conferences during her quarantine, officials said.

The staffer “recently tested positive” and was last in the Office of the Commissioner on Tuesday, officials said.

The Department of Health said contact tracing has begun and that the office was closed and cleaned Saturday in accordance with CDC guidelines.