COVID-19 Updates and Resources

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The nation, the state and our county are working and combating the global pandemic caused by the novel corona virus- COVID-19. At this time, the county Department of Health, in conjunction with several other departments, will be working day and night to ensure the health and welfare of all of our residents. We are on the front lines of this public health crisis conducting tracing investigations, consulting with our partners in local government and working with our colleagues in the first responder community. The threat of COVID-19 to our community is serious and we are focusing all of our resources toward the safety of the public. We are being guided by our medical peers at the three major healthcare providers in the region and we will continue to keep everyone up to date with the latest information impacting the lives of our residents. This site will be updated on a daily basis and provide you the critical information as it impacts residents.


What is 2019 Novel Coronavirus?

The 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is a new virus that causes respiratory illness in people and can spread from person to person. It was first identified during an outbreak investigation in Wuhan, China.


Can people in the U.S. get COVID-19?

Yes. COVID-19 is spreading from person to person in parts of the United States. Risk of infection with COVID-19 is higher for people who are in close contact with someone known to have COVID-19, for example healthcare workers, or household members. Other people at higher risk for infection are those who live in or have recently been in an area with ongoing spread of COVID-19.


What are the symptoms of 2019 Novel Coronavirus?

Patients with COVID-19 have had mild to severe respiratory illness with symptoms of:

  • fever
  • cough
  • shortness of breath.


How does Novel Coronavirus spread?

The virus that causes COVID-19 probably emerged from an animal source, but is now spreading from person to person:

  • through close personal contact, such as touching or shaking hands (the virus is thought to spread mainly between people who are in close contact with one another within about 6 feet)
  • through the air by coughing and sneezing
  • through touching an object or surface with the virus on it, then touching your mouth, nose, or eyes
    • Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others, and while in public for all residents


How can I protect myself?

  • Stay informed – CDC is updating its website daily with the latest information and advice for
    the public. Visit:
  • Take everyday preventive actions recommended to prevent the spread of respiratory viruses:
    • Wash hands often with soap and water or
      use hand sanitizer
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth
      with unwashed hands
    • Avoid contact with people who are sick
    • Stay home while you are sick and avoid
      contact with others
    • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or
      sleeve when coughing or sneezing


Is there a vaccine?

There is currently no vaccine to protect against COVID-19. The best way to prevent infection is to take everyday preventive actions, like avoiding close contact with people who are sick and washing your hands often.


What if I am planning to travel to an affected area?

  • Check CDC Travel Health Notices
  • If you must travel:
    • Avoid contact with sick people
    • Avoid animals (alive or dead), animal
      markets, and uncooked meat
    • Wash hands often or use hand sanitizer


What if I recently traveled to an affected area and feel sick?

  • Seek medical care right away
  • CALL BEFORE going to the doctor’s office, urgent care, or hospital
  • Avoid contact with others
  • Stay home
  • Cover coughs and sneezes
  • Wash hands often or use hand sanitizer


Covid-19 Call Center

For more information, call the New Jersey Poison Information & Education System, 1-800-222-1222


CDC modifies definition of ‘close contact’

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has modified the definition of a close contact, effective Oct. 23, regarding the length of time associated with exposure and the time interval to assess the potential exposure that can result in COVID-19 transmission.

The CDC has modified the definition of a close contact to now include individuals who were within six feet of an infected person for a total of 15 minutes or more during a 24-hour period. The previous definition designated someone as a close contact after 10 consecutive minutes within six feet of an infected person.

The definition of a close contact is a critical factor used in contact tracing operations. For more information regarding this change and the CDC’s other recommendations regarding contact tracing during the pandemic, visit here.