Somerset County Continues to be on High Alert

Post Date:03/10/2020 2:23 PM

As of Tuesday, March 10, the New Jersey Department of Health is reporting 14 “presumptive positive” cases of the new coronavirus (COVID-19) from the New Jersey State Laboratory and one positive test from a commercial laboratory in New Jersey. Presumptive cases are persons that tested positive at a state or local laboratory for the COVID-19 virus and are waiting for confirmatory testing by the CDC.  So far, no cases have been reported in Somerset County.

“Although there are currently no reports of the coronavirus in Somerset County, we know that many residents are anxious about the possibility,” said Freeholder Director Shanel Y. Robinson. “I assure you that the county Department of Health is on high alert to promptly identify possible cases of the new coronavirus in Somerset County.

To make sure we are communicating accurate and timely information, on March 9th, I began a daily conference call with our Mayors. Our Emergency Management Council met with local health officers and other emergency response personnel to coordinate a comprehensive plan that will maintain the safety of both residents and first responders.”

“Our Health Department continues to work closely with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the New Jersey Department of Health and local hospitals and healthcare partners to identify cases and prevent possible transmission of the virus, and to provide residents with regular updates and guidance,” said Freeholder Brian G. Gallagher, public health & safety liaison. 

Anyone from the public needing information can contact the Somerset County Department of Health at coronavirus@co.somerset.nj.us.  Additionally, the New Jersey Department of Health has set up a 24/7 public hotline with the New Jersey Poison Control Center at 1-800-222-1222.

PREVENTATIVE INTERVENTIONS

Because an outbreak of COVID-19 could last a long time, public health officials may recommend community actions to keep people healthy, reduce exposure to the virus and slow the spread of the disease.

The actions can include maintaining or increasing the distance between people, promoting common-sense health habits and encouraging the proper cleaning and sanitizing of surfaces. These interventions are among the best ways to control a virus when vaccines are not available. 

Additional daily health precautions that can prevent the spread of the coronavirus and other diseases:

  • Wash hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds each time.
  • When soap and water are not available, the public should use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  • 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 tissues after coughing, sneezing, or blowing your nose.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces that are touched frequently.
  • Stay home when you are sick.

To stay informed, follow trusted sources of information such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at www.cdc.gov, the World Health Organization at www.who.int, the New Jersey Department of Health at www.nj.gov/health and the Somerset County Department of Health at www.co.somerset.nj.us/health.

As the lead agency for coordinating public health disease response, the SCDOH communicates with hospitals, laboratories, emergency responders, medical providers, schools, businesses and other community organizations to share information and improve response to public health emergencies.  Representatives of these organizations are encouraged to sign up for notifications, at: http://bit.ly/SCLINCS.

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Namitha Reddy, MD, MPH, Director and Health Officer

Phone: 908-231-7155
After Hours: For emergencies, dial 9-1-1
Fax: 908-704-8042 
Mail: 27 Warren Street, P.O. Box 3000 Somerville, NJ 08876
Email: HealthDept@co.somerset.nj.us
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Residents can call 908-231-7111 for a daily automated reading of the current coronavirus (COVID-19) case count in Somerset County, New Jersey.

COVID-19 Cases Total Deaths
Somerset County* 4,379** 455
New Jersey 173,878** 13,425
United States 2,932,596** 130,133

  *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. 

As of 7/7/20, 2pm

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Freeholder Director Robinson response to Coronavirus COVID-19

Health Director Reddy gives background on the Coronavirus COVID-19

The Somerset County Department of Health is dedicated to fostering healthy lifestyles and a safe environment through effective leadership in public health, comprehensive planning, development of proactive community partnerships and a continued commitment to public health service.  Additionally, SCDOH is the lead agency responsible for countywide Public Health emergency planning and response activities.  

SCDOH provides essential public health services to our contract communities including: 

  • Public Health Administration
  • Health Education
  • Consumer Health
  • Public Health  Nursing
  • Communicable Disease Control and Prevention
  • Maternal and Child Health
  • Adult Health Programs

SCDOH also provides and supports  essential services throughout the County and the region, including:

  • Public Health Emergency Preparedness
  • Environmental Health
  • Regional Chronic Disease Coalition
  • TB Control

Who We Serve:

The Somerset County Department of Health serves as the Health Department to our contracted communities: 

If you live in any other township, please contact your local health department.