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Town of Dover Health Department/Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Fact Sheet and Update

Release Date: March 06, 2020

Town of Dover Health Department/Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Fact Sheet and Update – 3/6/2020

To date, the State Health Department has not reported any individuals to the Dover Health Department for monitoring.

FAQs: What is the Dover Health Department doing in preparation of a potential 2019-nCoV case? The Dover Health Department is participating in webinars and conference calls with the New Jersey Department of Health (NJDOH) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as they closely monitor the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). Essential Dover Health Department Staff are participating in training webinars to review NJDOH activities and local health department responsibilities such as interviewing and monitoring the health of suspect cases. How will the Dover Health Department respond to a COVID-19 case? Within 24 hours of receiving the contact information of a suspect case, NJDOH will contact the Dover Health Department to initiate contact with the person to evaluate risk, assess their health status, give instructions for active monitoring and provide 24/7 contacts for the Department. Once under active monitoring, daily communication with the Dover Health Department will be required. This will be done via email, phone, video, or as a last resort, a site visit. During the communication, the Dover Health Department will record temperatures and confirm the presence or absence of symptoms. This monitoring will include weekends and holidays. When monitoring patients, the health department will be following guidelines from the NJDOH, which may include the restriction of certain activities for those being monitored. The Dover Health Department maintains emergency response plans that includes procedures to effectively respond to pandemics. Please be advised: The Dover Township Health Department does not have an inventory of masks for public distribution. If you are sick with any influenza-like symptoms such as fever, cough, or chest pain, call your doctor. If you do not have a primary care doctor and suspect you are having symptoms of Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), please call the Health Department. DO NOT GO TO YOUR DOCTOR’S OFFICE, EMERGENCY ROOM, OR HEALTH DEPARTMENT WITHOUT CALLING FIRST IN ORDER TO ENSURE PROPER INFECTION CONTROL PROCEDURES ARE PUT IN PLACE PRIOR TO YOUR ARRIVAL.

Is there a Vaccine for COVID-19? There is currently no vaccine to prevent the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. The CDC recommends everyday actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:

• Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.

• Stay home when you are sick.

• Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. If you do not have a tissue available, cover your nose and mouth with your elbow to cough or sneeze.

• Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe. • Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask.

CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.

 Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility). Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.

This emerging virus, COVID-19, is an ever-evolving situation.

For up-to-date information, visit: CDC Coronavirus Page - https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/summary.html New Jersey Department of Health Coronavirus Page - https://www.nj.gov/health/cd/topics/ncov.shtml Coronavirus (COVID-19) questions are being handled by the health experts 24/7 at the NJ Poison Control Center at 1-800-222-1222