Coronavirus Update #3
March 10, 2020
The Township continues to actively monitor the evolving novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) situation. Our plan is to rely on the information from the professionals at the Center for Disease Control (CDC), State and County Health Departments, be alert and proactive and take some every day precautions to stay healthy. These include keeping space between ourselves and others, limiting exposure to those who are sick, reducing close contact and washing our hands often.
The CDC reports that some people are at higher risk of getting very sick from this illness including older adults and people who have serious chronic medical conditions like heart disease, diabetes and lung disease. Those at higher risk in particular should take additional steps to avoid crowds, cruise travel and non-essential air travel, and stay home as much as possible.
If you feel sick, pay attention for potential COVID-19 symptoms including, fever, cough, and shortness of breath. If you feel like you are developing symptoms, call your doctor. Tell them that you may have COVID-19. This will help them take care of you and keep other people from getting infected or exposed. If you are not sick enough to be hospitalized, you may be directed to recover at home. Get medical attention immediately if you develop emergency warning signs that may include difficulty breathing or shortness of breath, persistent pain or pressure in the chest, new confusion, lethargy, or bluish lips or face. This list is not all-inclusive -- please consult your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning.
In general, it is always good to be prepared. Have the necessary prescription medications, over-the-counter medicines and medical supplies (tissues, hand soap, etc.) to treat fever and other symptoms. Have enough household items and groceries on hand so that you will be prepared to stay at home for a period of time. Stay in touch with others by phone or email as you may need to ask for help from friends, family, neighbors, community health workers, etc. if you become sick.
Resources by phone and on line are available. The New Jersey Coronavirus Center Hotline is open 24/7 and can be reached at 1-800-222-1222 or visit their website at www.nj.gov/health . The Center for Disease Control (CDC) website is www.cdc.gov
Lastly, there have been reports from surrounding towns of people claiming to be from the CDC knocking on doors to conduct corona-related surveillance. The CDC is not deploying teams of people to go door-to-door. Do not let them in and call the Marlboro Police at 732-536-0100 immediately.
We continue to monitor the situation. I will provide additional information as the updates become available.
Mayor Jon Hornik
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