Coronavirus Update - March 25

Post Date:03/25/2020 7:05 PM

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

For more information, contact the Somerset County Department of Health at coronavirus@co.somerset.nj.us, or the New Jersey Poison Control Center’s 24/7 public hotline at 1-800-222-1222.

 

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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* 4,752** 489
New Jersey 185,938** 14,046
United States 5,119,711** 163,651

  *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 8/12/20, 1pm

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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.