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Town of Dover Confirms First Case of COVID-19

Release Date: March 20, 2020

Town of Dover Confirms First Case of COVID-19

 

At approximately 12:30pm today, the Dover Health Department, in conjunction with the New Jersey Department of Health, confirmed the first case of COVID-19 (coronavirus) in Dover. The individual is isolated and Dover health officials are following all appropriate NJ Department of Health and Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention protocols, which require conducting an efficient and comprehensive follow up.   Close contacts of this individual who reside in Dover are currently quarantined.  Their health status is continually being monitored by health department staff.  As of March 19th, 26 cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in Morris County and 742 have been confirmed in New Jersey.  This is the first confirmed case within the legal boundaries of the Town of Dover.

 

Currently, there is no vaccine for COVID-19. The Mayor and Board of Aldermen remind all residents to abide by the Emergency Declarations and Executive Orders of Dover, Morris County, and all Executive and Administrative Orders of the Governor’s Office.  The current Orders are available for review at www.dover.nj.us. 

The Mayor and Health Department continue to ask you to take the following simple, yet effective precautions to protect yourselves and others from COVID-19:

  • Stay home if you are sick.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • If soap and water are not available, use a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol content.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. If you do not have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your sleeve.
  • Limit close contact with individuals who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Avoid handshakes.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces and objects, using manufacturer’s directions.
  • Practice social distancing – avoid crowds and stay approximately 6 feet away from others whenever possible.

 

Residents showing symptoms of COVID-19 must contact their healthcare provider. Symptoms include fever of 100.4F, cough and shortness of breath. For additional information on COVID-19 resources, visit:

NJ Department of Health:

www.nj.gov/health/cd/topics/ncov.shtml

 

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/summary.html

 

 

NJPIES Call Center:

1-800-222-1222 or 1-800-962-1253 (non-NJ cell phones)

 

Text NJCOVID to 898-211 to receive text information and to stay informed