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  • COVID ALERT NJ APP - Lets you know if you've been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19  

About COVID-19

COVID-19 is an infectious disease caused by a novel (new) coronavirus, which is believed to have first emerged in Wuhan, China in December 2019. Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that can cause respiratory illness such as the common cold, or more severe illness such as severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS). The most recently discovered coronavirus causes coronavirus disease COVID-19, not seen in humans before.

According to the CDC, COVID-19 is thought to spread mainly though respiratory droplets from person-to-person in close contact with one another within 6 feet, when an infected person coughs, sneezes, sings, talks or breathes. Virus can also spread from a COVID-19 infected person who does not show any symptoms.

A person may contract the illness by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or eyes.

COVID-19 transmission may also occur sometimes through smaller respiratory particles (droplets) as airborne, particularly in the environment with inadequate air ventilation system and in closed spaces.

Few cases of pets including cats and dogs have been reported worldwide to be infected with COVID-19 virus. The risk of spreading the virus from animals to humans is low.

Signs and Symptoms of COVID-19

The symptoms of COVID-19 appear 2-14 days after the exposure to the virus. Common signs and symptoms include:

  • Fever or chills
  • Sore throat
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting

Emergency warning signs/symptoms include:

  • Trouble breathing
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  •  New confusion
  • Inability to wake or stay awake
  •  Bluish lips or face

There may be other possible symptoms that are severe, and concerning, not included in the list. Please call your medical provider and seek immediate medical attention.


Currently several vaccine candidates are undergoing trial. In the US, two vaccines have been approved for their emergency use. Preparation of vaccination for the residents is ongoing in close collaboration with the NJ Department of Health. HHS will provide more updates as it becomes available.

To help slow the virus spread, CDC and NJDOH recommends we continue to follow all safety measures such as:

Wash your hands frequently with soap & water for at least 20 secs /use of 60% or greater alcohol-based hand sanitizer if no access to water.

Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.

Maintain a social distance of 6 feet (2 arm lengths) or more from other people when outside your home.

Wear a mask in public settings, and around people who do not live in your household.

Avoid big crowds to limit the risk of exposure to COVID-19.

Avoid sick contact. If a household member is sick, maintain 6 feet of distance from the sick person.

Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue/ use inside of the elbow if there is no immediate access to tissues. Discard the tissues in the trash and wash your hands immediately.

Stay home if you are sick and talk to your health care provider. Call your doctor ahead before the visit. If you test positive for COVID-19, stay home and self- isolate except to get medical care/for any emergencies.

Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces.

If you think you have symptoms

Stay home. Monitor your symptoms and call your medical provider if you think you may have COVID-19.

If you need to seek medical care, call the medical provider ahead.

If you have severe emergency warning signs/symptoms, seek medical care immediately.

Stay away from household members and pets, in a separate room if possible.

Wear a cloth or a disposable mask even at home, and when around people.

Avoid sharing personal items.

Clean and disinfect all high touch surfaces.

Avoid public transportation or share rides/taxis.

For any concerns/additional guidance call the city COVID-19 crisis manager at (201) 547-6800.     

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