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Washington Township COVID-19 Case Update 5-18-20
May 18, 2020 - The Washington Township Health Department, in conjunction with the New Jersey Department of Health, has confirmed 108 cases of COVID-19 (coronavirus) in Washington Township through May 17, 2020. The Washington Township Health Department is following all appropriate NJ Department of Health and Centers for Disease Control protocols in conducting an efficient and comprehensive follow up. Twelve deaths have been reported; 34 cases have been confirmed as released from isolation. According to the state Department of Health COVID-19 Dashboard, there have been 146,344 positive cases of COVID-19 in New Jersey and 6,036 positive cases in Morris County.
The Washington Township Health Department is identifying close contacts of cases to determine the need for self-monitoring. A close contact is defined as anyone who has been less than six feet apart from the case for more than ten minutes. It is not defined as brief casual contact. Close contacts are notified and provided information for quarantine, with an emphasis placed on those contacts who are high risk. An example of a high risk contact would be someone who has a co-morbidity, is an elder adult, or someone who is a health care worker.
Currently, there is no vaccination for COVID-19. The Health Department is urging all residents to take simple precautions to protect themselves and others from respiratory illness:
· Stay home as per the directive of the Governor of New Jersey.
· Stay home if you are sick.
· Limit close contact with people who are sick if you must go out.
· No groups larger than 10, observe social distancing while out.
· Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
· Avoid handshakes.
· Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
· If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
· Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
· Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. If you do not have a tissue, use your sleeve (not your hand).
· Get a flu shot to prevent the flu if you have not done so this season.
· Wear a cloth mask in public at groceries and where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain.
For more information on COVID-19:
Visit the COVID19 information hub at https://covid19.nj.gov/
The New Jersey Department of Health website https://www.nj.gov/health/cd/topics/ncov.shtml
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
NJPIES Call Center
1-800-962-1253 non-NJ cell phone
Text: NJCOVID to 898-211 for text message updates on COVID19 in New Jersey
Call 211 for additional information.