The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is closely monitoring an outbreak caused by a novel coronavirus in Wuhan, China that first emerged in December 2019. This outbreak began in Wuhan, China, but cases have been identified in a growing number of other international locations including the United States. While the CDC considers this to be a serious public health concern, the immediate health risk from the 2019-nCoV to the general public in the U.S. is considered low at this time. The NJ Department of Health (NJDOH) is working with State and Federal partner agencies to monitor the situation closely. They are also preparing guidance documents for public health and health care professionals to be able to effectively respond to any cases that may be identified in the state.
2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Symptoms:
The 2019 Novel Coronavirus may cause mild to severe respiratory symptoms like:
- trouble breathing and
The CDC believes at this time that symptoms may appear in as few as 2 days or as long as 14 days after exposure to the virus.
How Does Novel Coronavirus Spread?
Exposure to 2019-nCoV can occur in the following ways:
- Via the air by coughing and sneezing
- Close personal contact, such as touching or shaking hands
- Touching an object or surface with the virus on it, then touching your mouth, nose, or eyes
- In rare cases, exposure to fecal matter of an infected individual
Public Health Recommendations:
- Follow good respiratory hygiene recommendations.
- Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or sleeve, not your hands.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water. Use alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
- Stay home if you are sick and avoid sick people.
- Review and follow CDC travel advisories when planning travel. If you become ill after returning home to the United States, call your healthcare provider before going to a doctor’s office or an emergency department. They may want to place a mask on you before you enter the building to protect other people.
Due to the rapidly changing situation, travel recommendations and countries with various levels of travel alerts are subject to frequent updates. Stay up to date with CDC’s travel health notices related to this outbreak at the following link: CDC Travel Health Advisories.
If you traveled to a country experiencing cases of 2019-nCoV in the last 14 days and feel sick with fever, cough, or difficulty breathing, you should:
- Seek medical care right away. Before you go to a doctor’s office or emergency room, call ahead and tell them about your recent travel and your symptoms.
- Avoid contact with others.
- Not travel while sick.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.
- Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use and alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
If you are a student/coworker/employee/health care worker who recently traveled to a country experiencing cases of 2019-nCoV, you should:
- Remain at home or in a comparable setting. We also recommend that they
- Avoid congregate settings, limit public activities, and practice social distancing.
Important: These recommendations should be followed for a total of 14 days from the time you left that country.
The NJDOH has established a 24/7 Novel Coronavirus Call Center to take calls from the general public. The Call Center can be reached at 1-800-222-1222. This call center is not for clinicians and they should call the Township of Mount Olive Health Department for guidance.
Resources for the Public:
- 2019 Novel Coronavirus Fact Sheet (English)
- 2019 Novel Coronavirus Fact Sheet (Spanish)
- 2019 Novel Coronavirus Frequently Asked Questions and Answers (English)
- 2019 Novel Coronavirus Frequently Asked Questions and Answers (Spanish)
- COVID-19-Prepare to Self Isolate
- COVID-19-Social Distancing
- COVID-19 Risk Level General Public
- COVID-19 I’m Sick
For more information:
- Visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/summary.html
- Visit the New Jersey Department of Health website at https://www.state.nj.us/health/cd/topics/ncov.shtml
Mount Arlington contracts with the Township of Mount Olive Health Department. For more information from them click here.