Coronavirus Update - March 25
As of March 25, a total of 139 cases of COVID-19 and 2 deaths have been reported in Somerset County. The New Jersey Department of Health is reporting a total of 4,402 cases and 62 deaths in New Jersey.
Everyone has the potential to be infected with a new disease like COVID-19. No one has immunity to it, which is why we are seeing such rapid spread. People who look completely healthy may be infected and can actively spread COVID-19 to others
The Somerset County Department of Health strongly urges residents to limit their risk of exposure by staying home and avoiding close contact with people outside of their household.
Individuals can lower their risk of contracting coronavirus disease by taking the same measures that are recommended to prevent the spread of the flu and other respiratory illness:
· Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze
· Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
· Avoid touching your face, especially your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
· Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces
· Avoid close contact with people who are sick
· Stay home when you are sick.
Social distancing or keeping at least 2 arms-length (about six feet) away from others is especially important to protect older people and those with underlying health conditions like diabetes, heart disease, cancer and other ailments. While COVID-19 is a respiratory disease, it is more infectious and much deadlier than the flu.
Public health officials are conducting interviews and working diligently to identify people who have been in contact with individuals who have tested positive for the coronavirus. Each person is assessed for their exposure risk and provided guidance for their health and recommendations for self-isolation or other measures.
This is a rapidly changing situation, and information is being shared as it becomes available. It is important to stay up to date by following trusted sources of information such as a the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at www.cdc.gov, the World Health Organizations 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.
Current Situation in Somerset County
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. To stay up-to-date on information, please refer to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), for the most current information. More information and resources regarding the new coronavirus (COVID-19) can be found below.
Questions or Concerns?
Residents who have questions about the new coronavirus may contact the Somerset County Department of Health via firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Outdoor Dining Checklist
The checklist below is Guidance for Outdoor Dining for Restaurants and Food Establishments
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**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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Protect Yourself and Others
To help protect yourself and others from the spread of coronavirus, the CDC recommends everyone should:
- 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 and stay home when you are sick.
- Stay home as much as possible.
- Keep distance between you and others, stay about 2 arm's length distance from others (about 6 feet).
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
- Clean and disinfect surfaces that are frequently touched daily.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others.
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Mental Health Resources
- New Jersey Department of Health (NJDOH) COVID-2019
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) - Spanish