Coronavirus Update - March 31

Post Date:03/31/2020 6:22 PM

As of March 31, a total of 405 cases of COVID-19 and 11 deaths have been reported in Somerset County. The New Jersey Department of Health (NJDOH) is reporting a total of 18,696 cases and 267 deaths in the state.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) expects that widespread transmission of COVID-19 will continue and that, in the coming months, most of the United States’ population will be exposed to the virus. COVID-19 can cause mild to more severe respiratory illness. Symptoms appear within two to 14 days after exposure and include fever, cough, and shortness of breath.  

While individuals may know to stay away from people who are coughing or sneezing, there is evidence that the virus may be spread by people without symptoms. Residents should assume that undiagnosed cases of COVID-19 exist throughout the community.

Social distancing – staying at least at least two arm’s length (about six feet) away from other people - is the most effective tool public health has in trying to delay the spread of the virus and reduce the impact of the disease. This is especially important to protect older people and those with underlying health conditions like diabetes, heart disease, cancer and other ailments. 

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

Stay home.

Wash hands frequently with soap and water, and for at least 20 seconds each time.

Resist the urge to touch your eyes, nose and mouth.

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.

To avoid spreading respiratory illnesses, please do not show up at a clinic, hospital, or testing site without calling in advance for instructions. 

If you are NOT sick, you do not need to wear a facemask unless you are caring for someone who is sick (and they are not able to wear a facemask). Facemasks are in short supply and they should be saved for healthcare workers and caregivers.  

Not everyone needs to be tested for COVID-19. There is specific criteria set by the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention and the New Jersey Department of Health to determine who should be tested for COVID-19.  Somerset County is following guidance from these agencies and distributing what limited supplies are available to the most vulnerable populations, hospitals and first responders. For information about current New Jersey testing site locations and self-assessments, visit: https://covid19.nj.gov/search.html?query=Testing+Centers+in+NJ

Residents with questions or concerns about COVID-19 can call 2-1-1, text NJCOVID to 898-211, or email coronavirus@co.somerset.nj.us

Since the situation is evolving, it is important to stay up to date by following trusted sources of information such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at  www.cdc.gov, the World Health Organization at www.who.intthe 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 helpful resources including posters and flyers available in English and Spanish, visit: https://www.co.somerset.nj.us/government/public-health-safety/health-department/services/disease-prevention/covid-19-health-education.

 

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Current Situation in Somerset County 

Current SCDOH Situation Update

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 coronavirus@co.somerset.nj.us.

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*  4,017** 417
New Jersey  159,608** 11,531
United States 1,719,827** 101,711
*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 5/30/20, 2pm

 

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Situation Update

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Current SCDOH Situation Update

May 29, 2020 - SCDOH Situation Update #17

 

 To view previous SCDOH situation updates, please click here

Press Releases   

May 20, 2020 - COVID-19 Testing Continues May 21 & 28, June 2 & 4 

May 13, 2020 - COVID-19 Drive-Thru Testing Continues Next Week

 To view previous press releases, please click here

 

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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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