2019 Novel Coronavirus
Learn about Covid-19 (2019 Novel Coronavirus) -- symptoms, prevention, testing, treatment, and other health concerns -- here. We will continue to update this page as information becomes available. The following are sources for up-to-date, factual, trustworthy information about the virus from experts:
Covid-19 vaccines are available. If you received a first dose the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, be sure to return for your second dose! Find more information here.
Guidance for Close Contacts
*At this time these guidelines may not apply to certain settings (check with your child's school and/or your employer in regards to their guidance).
COVID Alert NJ is New Jersey’s free and secure mobile app that anonymously alerts users if they have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for Covid-19. The app also provides users with up-to-date information on New Jersey reopening news, key Covid-19 metrics, and a user-friendly symptom tracking tool.
In addition to getting a Covid-19 vaccine, other measures you can take to keep you and others safe include...
- Social distancing: Maintain a space of at least 6 feet between yourself and others. Do not congregate in groups, at events, etc.
- Frequent hand washing: Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, making sure to thoroughly clean your hands. If soap and water are not available, use a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Respiratory hygiene: Cover your mouth/nose when you cough/sneeze with a tissue or the inside of your elbow. Immediately discard the tissue.
The CDC’s latest recommendations encourage use of a mask when going out in public. This helps protect others with whom you might come into contact. Find out how to wear a mask effectively and answers to more questions here.
- Please keep in mind that masks should not be placed on young children under age 2, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.
- For more information about masks from the CDC click here.
Common symptoms of Covid-19 include: fever, coughing, and shortness of breath. Read more from the CDC about symptoms and when to seek medical attention here.
What should I do if I have symptoms?
If you are sick, the CDC and NJ Department of Health recommend that you stay home and self-isolate, wear a mask around others, call ahead to seek medical attention, monitor your symptoms, and continue to thoroughly and frequently wash your hands and cover your coughs and sneezes. Read the fact sheets below for more information.
The CDC’s Coronavirus page now has a Coronavirus Self-Checker tool for those who think they might be sick. Visit this page and click on SELF-CHECKER to begin. A pop-up window will then guide you through a series of questions. Please note that the purpose of the Coronavirus Self-Checker is to help you make decisions about seeking appropriate medical care. This system is not intended for the diagnosis or treatment of disease or other conditions, including Covid-19.
Many covid cases recover well on their own without any treatment, although some people may benefit from treatment for covid-19 if they are more at risk for severe illness from covid-19. Any treatment for covid-19 should be discussed with your health care provider. Click here to find out more information about available treatment options.
Treatment for Long Covid-19
After having recovered from covid-19, some people may experience long term symptoms/conditions from having had covid-19. Click the link here to learn more about long covid-19 and resources for treatment developed by Essex Regional Health Commission.
Questions? Call or Text
We encourage residents to call the NJ COVID-19 Hotline at 1-800-962-1253 or text using one of the methods below if they have general questions about novel coronavirus. The hotline is open 24/7 and has multi-language capacity. Callers who need medical advice should contact their health care provider.
The NJ Poison Control Center and 211 have partnered with the State to provide information to the Public on Covid-19:
- Call: 2-1-1
- Call (24/7): 1-800-962-1253
- Text: NJCOVID to 898-211
- Text: your zip code to 898-211 for live text assistance
You might also find answers to your questions here: Frequently Asked Questions and Answers (CDC)