The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is responding to an outbreak of respiratory disease caused by a new coronavirus that was first detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China, which has now spread globally and across the United States. The virus has been named "SARS-CoV-2," and the disease it causes has been named "coronavirus disease 2019" (abbreviated "COVID-19"). The CDC considers COVID-19 to be a serious public health concern.  COVID-19 is mainly spread through person to person contact, including being physically near (within 6 feet) someone with COVID-19.  It is possible for those with COVID-19 that do not have symptoms (asymptomatic) to spread the virus to others.  To date, there have been over 6,000 cases of COVID-19 in Hamilton Township.

The federal government has been working closely with state and local partners, as well as public health partners, to respond to this public health threat. Unprecedented, aggressive efforts have been taken to contain the spread and mitigate the impact of this virus.

This is a rapidly evolving situation. CDC will continue to update the public as circumstances warrant. The information on this page is from the CDC and the New Jersey Department of Health (NJDOH).  For more information on COVID-19, please visit or


Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus, and symptoms range from mild to severe.  The CDC lists the following as common symptoms of COVID-19: 

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath/difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headaches
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

If you have these symptoms or have been in close contact (less than 6 feet away for a total of 15 minutes or more) with someone who tested positive for COVID-19, please contact your healthcare provider or public health official.

If someone shows any emergency warning signs of COVID-19, please seek emergency medical care immediately and call 911.  Emergency warning signs of COVID-19 may include:

  • Trouble breathing
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • New confusion
  • Inability to wake or stay awake
  • Bluish lips or face


NJDOH and CDC recommend these steps to help prevent the spread of COVID-19:

  • Getting vaccinated, everyone ages 12+ is eligible to be vaccinated against COVID-19
  • Wear a mask in public to cover your nose and mouth (Masks should not be placed on young children under age 2, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated, or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance)
  • Maintain 6 feet of distance between yourself and others, avoid large crowds
  • Wash your hands often using soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds.  If soap and water are not available, use a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol and rub your hands until they feel dry
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces and objects
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue or into your sleeve, not your hands
  • Stay home if you are sick and look out for symptoms of COVID-19
  • If you suspect you have symptoms of COVID-19 or have been in contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19, call your healthcare provider or local health department and get tested



Testing for COVID-19 is important to help slow the spread of disease.  Testing is available to all New Jersey residents, you do not need health insurance to get a test, and free testing sites are available throughout Mercer County.  The New Jersey Department of Health (NJDOH) especially recommends testing if you:

  • Have symptoms of COVID-19 (even if you are fully vaccinated or have recently recovered from a COVID-19 infection in the past 3 months)
  • Have been in close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19 and are not fully vaccinated or recently recovered.
  • You were recently in a large gathering where social distancing was hard to maintain or a crowded indoor setting and are not fully vaccinated or recently recovered.
  • You must travel and are not fully vaccinated, get a viral test 1-3 days before travel and 3-5 days after travel.

For more information on testing recommendations and types of tests from the NJDOH, please click here


About the COVID-19 Vaccine:

The FDA has granted Emergency Use Authorization for three COVID-19 vaccines, Pfizer-BioNTech (ages 12+), Moderna (ages 18+) and Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) (ages 18+).  Data from the manufacturers and clinical trials have shown all vaccines to be safe and effective.  Please visit the following links for more information on the COVID-19 vaccines, including eligibility, safety, and FAQs:


Getting a COVID-19 Vaccine:

All New Jersey residents ages 12+ can get a COVID-19 vaccine.  Many clinics and vaccine providers are now accepting walk-ins or same day appointments.  There are several vaccination sites throughout the state.  To find a vaccine appointment near you please click here.   

The Hamilton Township Division of Health can assist Hamilton residents with the following:

  • Locating a local vaccine appointment or clinic for a 1st or 2nd dose
  • Scheduling a home visit for the COVID-19 vaccine
  • Answering questions about the vaccine and providing referrals
  • Scheduling community pop-up vaccine clinics at your organization, workplace or neighborhood in Hamilton Township

Contact Information for the Hamilton Township Division of Health:

All residents may also schedule an appointment for the vaccine using the New Jersey Vaccine Scheduling System (NJVSS):

Need a Ride to Get Your COVID-19 Vaccine?

  • Call 2-1-1 to schedule a Free or Discounted Lyft Ride to and from your vaccine appointment

    People are considered “fully vaccinated” for COVID-19:

  • At least 2 weeks after they have received the second dose in a 2-dose series (Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna); or
  • At least 2 weeks after they have received a single-dose vaccine (Johnson and Johnson [J&J]/Janssen)


Information on Travel (Including for those who are fully vaccinated)

Travel Info and Advisories from the CDC

Travel Info from the NJ Dept. of Health


Factsheets Regarding COVID-19:

CDC - Prevent the Spread of COVID-19 if you are Sick: (English)

CDC-10 Things You Can Do To Manage Your COVID-19 Symptoms At Home: (English) (Spanish)

NJDOH-COVID-19 Quarantine Recommendations and Options

NJDOH –Who Should Get Tested for COVID-19: (English) (Spanish)

NJDOH –COVID-19 Quick Facts: (English) (Spanish)


Factsheets and Information Regarding COVID-19 Vaccines:  

NJDOH – COVID-19 Vaccines: Addressing Your Top Concerns: (English) (Spanish)

NJDOH –COVID-19 Vaccine: Information for you and your Family: (English) (Spanish) 

NJDOH –Addressing Concerns about the J&J Vaccine: (English) (Spanish)

NJDOH –COVID-19 Vaccines: Know the Facts: (English) (Spanish)

NJDOH COVID-19 Vaccines and Fertility: (English) (Spanish)

CDC – Frequently Asked Questions about COVID-19 Vaccines

CDC –When You’ve Been Fully Vaccinated  


Please visit the NJDOH Communicable Disease Service Page for more fact sheets and resources regarding COVID-19 vaccines. 


Manufacturer Vaccine Fact Sheets by Brand

Pfizer-BioNTech Vaccine Fact Sheet: (English) (Spanish)

Moderna Vaccine Fact Sheet: (English) (Spanish)

Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) Vaccine Fact Sheet: (English) (Spanish)


NJDOH Guidance for COVID-19 for Certain Populations:

COVID-19 Information for Communities

COVID-19 Information for Schools (Child Care, K-12, Camps and Colleges/Universities)

COVID-19 Information for Businesses

NJ Guidance for Sports Activities