Robbinsville Office of Emergency Management Report First Case of COVID-19
of a Robbinsville Township Resident
Robbinsville, NJ – (March 20, 2020) - The Robbinsville Township Office of Emergency Management and the West Windsor Health Department are announcing the first case of COVID-19 (coronavirus) in a Robbinsville resident.
The health department received notification of the test results on the evening of March 20 and has notified close contacts of this individual residing in town. The health investigation is ongoing, and contacts outside the jurisdiction also are being notified by public health officials. The patient has mild symptoms and has been self-isolating at home. Individuals who came in close contact are being informed to take preventative measures to stop further spread of the virus. "Close contacts" is defined as those persons in the community who had prolonged or close personal interaction with a positive COVID-19 case. Persons identified as close contacts must remain home for 14 days following exposure and self-monitor for symptoms. Public health officials will monitor these persons via telephone.
All further information and data related to the pandemic from Robbinsville Township will be sourced from the State's official web page at covid19.nj.gov. From there, click on "jump to live updates." All data is provisional and subject to revision. The Communicable Disease Reporting and Surveillance System (CDRSS) has ceased reporting of pending cases.
The Robbinsville Township Office of Emergency Management, in conjunction with the West Windsor Health Department, will not release any other information regarding COVID-19 positive individuals unless health officials determine that information will help safeguard the public. Text NJCOVID to 898-211 to receive alerts.
As we continue to see more cases identified throughout New Jersey, the public is reminded of the importance of adhering to social distancing precautions. This will help slow the spread of illness. Please follow public health preventative practices every day. Stay home when you are ill and avoid others with symptoms. Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol. Cover your coughs and sneezes using a tissue or sleeve. Disinfect frequently touched surfaces often. If you become ill, call the doctor or hospital and wear a mask, if available.
Mayor Dave Fried and Health Officer Jill Swanson strongly encourage the public to reach out to family members and neighbors at highest risk for COVID-19 illness. The elderly and people of all ages with underlying medical conditions are the most vulnerable to serious health outcomes. Please identify the people in your life who are at-risk and take immediate steps to help them remain in their homes and away from crowded stores and venues. Check-in by telephone on a regular basis to ensure that they have adequate supplies and remain healthy. Working together, we can help lessen the impact of this outbreak in the community by doing our part to flatten the curve.
For more information, visit the West Windsor Township website at www.westwindsornj.org, the New Jersey Department of Health website at www.nj.gov/health, or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at www.cdc.gov.