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County Health Department Continues to be Vigilant About New Coronavirus

Post Date:02/10/2020 4:10 PM

As of Monday, Feb. 10, no coronavirus (2019-nCoV) cases have been reported in Somerset County or New Jersey. To date, a total of 12 cases have been reported in the United States.  

“While the immediate risk to the general public is believed to be low, our county Health Department is diligently working with public health partners to monitor symptoms in people who have traveled to China and those who have had close contact with someone who has the virus,” said Freeholder Brian G. Gallagher, public health and safety liaison.

Over the past few weeks, the Health Department has taken a number of steps to protect the public, including:

  • Contacting healthcare providers throughout the county to provide regular updates.
  • Opening a dedicated health line for healthcare providers, first responders and school administrators.
  • Providing resources, education and regular updates to public health partners.
  • Reaching out to schools with information on current disease guidelines, hand hygiene and healthy habits.
  • Establishing a novel coronavirus webpage on the county’s website. It can be found at

The New Jersey Department of Health is also providing information to residents, and has set up a 24/7 public hotline with the New Jersey Poison Information and Education System at 1-800-222-1222.

Symptoms of coronavirus appear within two to 14 days after exposure and include fever, cough, and shortness of breath.  For people who have traveled to China or have had close contact with someone infected with this new coronavirus and develop symptoms, contact your healthcare provider, and tell them about your symptoms and your exposure to a 2019-nCoV patient.

There are simple daily precautions that everyone should always take to prevent the spread of this coronavirus and other diseases:

  • Wash hands frequently with soap and water, and for at least 20 seconds each time.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are ill.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
  • Do not reuse tissue after coughing, sneezing, or blowing your nose.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces that are frequently touched.
  • Stay home when you are sick.

The county Health Department’s priority is to protect and inform the public by monitoring and identifying all communicable disease in the community and by providing essential public health information to residents.

For the most up-to-date and credible information, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at, the New Jersey Department of Health at, and the Somerset County Department of Health at


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Current Situation in Somerset County

 Current SCDOH Situation Update

Novel Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) is an emerging, rapidly evolving situation.  To stay up-to-date on information, please refer to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), for the most current information.

Somerset County Department of Health (SCDOH) is working closely with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the New Jersey State Department of Health, and other health partners in monitoring the evolving situation. Somerset County remains committed to providing accurate and timely information on this situation to our communities. Residents can call 908-231-7111 for a daily automated reading of the current coronavirus (COVID-19) case count in Somerset County, New Jersey.

The SCDOH is the lead county agency to coordinate public health disease response, in partnership with the New Jersey Department of Health (NJDOH), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), local hospitals, medical providers, and emergency medical services. Information and resources regarding the new coronavirus can be found below.

Questions or Concerns?

Residents who have questions about the new coronavirus may contact the Somerset County Department of Health via

The NJ Poison Control Center and 211 have partnered with the New Jersey Department of Health to provide information to the public on COVID-19. Residents can call the public call center with questions and concerns at 1-800-962-1253 or 1-800-222-1222. Residents can also text NJCOVID to 898-211 for text information and to stay informed.

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COVID-19 Cases Total Deaths
Somerset County*  446** 12
New Jersey  22,255** 355
United States 186,101** 3,603
*All 21 municipalities 

**Includes both confirmed cases and presumptive positive cases of COVID-19. Presumptive positive cases tested positive at a state or commercial laboratory and are waiting for confirmatory testing by the CDC.

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