FOR THE MOST UP-TO-DATE INFORMATION
ON COVID-19 VISIT
OR CALL THE NJ DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH 24-HOUR HOTLINE
TO THE RESIDENTS OF HAMILTON TOWNSHIP:
Hamilton Township Mayor Jeff Martin, The Board of Health, and The Department of Public Health understand at this time that many of you are concerned about the Coronavirus. We want to assure you that we share your concerns and have been and will continue to take proactive steps to prevent the spread here locally. We are diligently working with State and Federal Health Officials to provide you with the most current and accurate information and will continue to keep you updated as more information is provided. For updated information please continue to monitor our website and the state and federal resource links provided.
Since COVID-19 was identified, the Hamilton Township Health Department has:
Maintained contact with travelers returning from affected areas to monitor symptoms for the entire 14 day incubation period
Consulted with our Public Health partners including schools, medical facilities, police, fire departments, and first responders to share guidance and preparedness materials
Responded to concerns from residents, businesses, medical offices, and community organizations as needed
We hope you find this information helpful and will continue to post updates as new information becomes available.
WHAT IS THE CORONAVIRUS:
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 and which has now been detected in 37 locations internationally, including cases in 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. Based on current information, the immediate health risk to the general public in the U.S. is considered low. At this time, there have been no locally confirmed cases identified 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. For more information about COVID-19 visit www.cdc.gov/covid19.
Symptoms are similar to that of the common flu and include Fever, Cough and Shortness of Breath. If you have symptoms similar to the flu, the CDC recommends wearing a mask prior to seeking medical assistance. If you have these symptoms, please consider seeing a medical professional.
For handouts and poster to share with your coworkers, family and friends, on the Coronavirus please visit the CDC at:
The New Jersey Department of Health (NJDOH) is working hard to develop additional guidance and educational materials, in the face of evolving information. NJDOH has opened a 24/7 multi-language hotline to answer questions regarding COVID-19. The hotline phone number is 1-800-222-1222. Residents should know that this is also the phone number for the New Jersey Poison Control Center. Their question regarding COVID-19 will be sent to the appropriate operator.
This guidance will change as more information becomes available. Please refer to this site and the NJDOH Communicable Disease Service Coronavirus guidance and resources page
WHAT CAN YOU DO:
NJDOH recommends these steps that prevent the transmission of respiratory infections:
Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue or into your sleeve, not your hands
Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
Wash hands often for at least 20 seconds, especially after coughing or sneezing. Use alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available
Stay home if you are sick
For acute respiratory illness; fever free for 24 hours without fever reducing medication
Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces and objects
Updated travel information specific to 2-19-nCoV can be found at https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/traveler/none/china#travel-notices
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