COVID-19 is a respiratory infection caused by a novel (new) virus that arose from the area of Wuhan, China in December, 2019. Most of the early cases of this illness were linked to a large seafood and animal market suggesting possible animal-to-person spread of the virus. The market closed on January 2, 2020 as part of the investigation and response to this outbreak. Once a person is infected, the virus causes respiratory illness. Outbreaks of novel virus infections among people are always of public health concern. The risk from these outbreaks depends on the characteristics of the virus, including how well it spreads between people, the severity of the resulting illness, and the medical or other measures available to control the impact of the virus (for example, medications or vaccines).
Recommended guidance from the CDC for different settings
Note: Some links are pandemic flu guidance (which are the current recommendations) and some are interim guidance for COVID-19
- Pandemic Flu Guidance – Schools
- Pandemic Flu Guidance – Workplaces
- Pandemic Flu Guidance – Households
- Interim Guidance for Businesses – COVID-19
- Interim Guidance for Healthcare Providers – COVID 19
- Flu Guidance for Schools & Childcare Providers
- NJ Department of Health – Guidelines for Control of Respiratory Virus in Long Term Care Facilities
- Preventing COVID-19 Spread in Communities
An updated list of links can be found here: www.bernardshealth.org.
Other COVID-19 Rescources
- NJ COVID-19 Website: https://covid19.nj.gov/
- Morris County Office of Health Management COVID-19 Page
- Resource Guide for New Jerseyans
NJ 24-Hour Public Hotline
1-800-222-1222 or 1-800-962-1253 if using out-of-state phone line. Trained healthcare professionals are standing by to answer questions about coronavirus. The call is free.
Report employers who are not cooperating with EO107
Employees can call call either 211 or visit covid19.nj.gov/violation to file a report.