South Jersey Coronavirus (COVID-19) Developments (April 2)

South Jersey Coronavirus (COVID-19) Developments (April 2)
As the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic continues, New Jersey has become one of the hardest hit areas in the country.

As more cases are discovered, changes to our everyday lives are being implemented in a cautious effort to keep us healthy and safe. Because things are evolving quickly, we want to keep you updated on some of the major happenings both in South Jersey and across the state, while also looking at some of headlines coming out of Washington, D.C.

Here are some of the latest developments:

• Testing continues in the tri-county region, and as of Thursday, April 2, the number of positive tests in each county are: Burlington 262, Camden 301 and Gloucester 170. The state of New Jersey has reached 25,590 cases total and 537 deaths. 
 
• Over 4,000 meals were delivered to seniors in Camden County—the most meals delivered in a day—by the Camden County Division of Senior and Disabled Services.
 
• In lieu of the pandemic, local businesses GreenWay Exterior Cleaning and LaScala’s Fire have come up with ways to help the local community. GreenWay Exterior Cleaning plans on cleaning and sanitizing all 42 playgrounds within Cherry Hill, while LaScala’s Fire has teamed up with Virtua Voorhees Hospital to provide pizza to all hospital staff.
 
• Rowan University has released plans and instructions on ways to make 3D face masks that can be used in the event of a shortage. Meanwhile, a new coronavirus test developed by a Rutgers University research lab is said to be able to screen thousands of patient samples a day using automated technology.
 
• The Centers for Disease Control has issued a travel advisory to New Jersey, New York and Connecticut, prohibiting all non-essential travel for 14 days.
 
• Social Security recipients will receive their stimulus checks beginning April 17 according to the IRS.

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“With normal everyday business operations altered as employees are dispatched to work remotely, supply chains are interrupted and discretionary consumer spending has been slowed, the ability to adapt and implement strategic planning to limit vulnerability has proven to be a pivotal first defense in crisis management.”
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“At this time, there is no vaccine to protect against COVID-19, and there are no medications approved to treat it. That means the best strategies to prevent the spread of the disease are common-sense actions everyone can take.”
Read More Information from Rowan Medicine

“We in Congress have already approved $8.3 billion in new resources to combat the Coronavirus, we just took action to ensure that everyone who needs to be tested can be free of charge and we’re expanding paid leave to provide economic security for workers if you or a loved one gets sick.”

“I’m working to ensure that our medical providers have the masks and personal protective equipment (PPE) they need along with the equipment necessary to administer COVID-19 tests. I will continue to fight to make sure that we are producing enough of the vital equipment necessary to keep health care professionals safe because those on the front lines must be protected.”
Read More Information from 1st District Congressman Donald Norcross

“You should self-isolate if you are experiencing symptoms such as fever, cough and shortness of breath. Staying home is important. Do not go outside, to work, school, or other public places. Have enough supplies for 14 days.”
Read More Information from Burlington County Board of Freeholders

“While social distancing mandates in New Jersey and most states prohibit eating out in restaurants, it is generally considered safe to take advantage of take-out or delivery options currently offered by many restaurants. The risk of contracting anything from the packaging is low, however, it is a good idea to wash your hands after opening food containers the same way you should after unpacking groceries from the supermarket or items from a pharmacy.”
Read More Information from Cooper University Health Center

“The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person, but it may be possible that a person can contract the illness by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or eyes.”
Read More Information from Camden County Board of Freeholders

“Disinfecting should be part of your usual cleaning routine, whether or not anyone at home is sick. Check the label to make sure the disinfectant works against the viruses you're targeting, such as cold and flu viruses. Disinfecting can be accomplished with a standard house hold bleach solution.”
Read More Information from Gloucester County Department of Health

“Our facilities are following the most current guidance provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local health authorities to appropriately screen, isolate and manage patients who meet the criteria.”
Read More Information from Inspira Health

“Our clinical teams have implemented screening procedures and are actively examining this continuously changing situation. Additionally, we are closely collaborating with the Center for Disease Control and Prevention as well as the New Jersey Department of Health to help ensure the well-being of our patients, colleagues, clinicians, and visitors.”
Read More Information from Virtua

“If you develop symptoms such as fever, cough, and/or difficulty breathing, and have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19 or have recently traveled from an area with ongoing spread of COVID-19, stay home and call your health care provider.”
Read More Information from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

“National and local authorities will have the most up to date information on the situation in your area. Calling in advance will allow your health care provider to quickly direct you to the right health facility. This will also protect you and help prevent spread of viruses and other infections.”

People of all ages can be infected by the new coronavirus. Older people, and people with pre-existing medical conditions (such as asthma, diabetes, heart disease) appear to be more vulnerable to becoming severely ill with the virus. We advise people of all ages to take steps to protect themselves from the virus, for example by following good hand hygiene and good respiratory hygiene.”
Read More Information from World Health Organization

Stay home when you are sick. Earned Sick Leave is the law in New Jersey. As of October 2018, employers of all sizes must provide full-time, part-time, and temporary employees with up to 40 hours of earned sick leave per year so they can care for themselves or a loved one.”
Read More Information from the State of New Jersey Department of Health

“Healthcare providers were instructed to alert us if a person with recent travel to an affected geographic area begins to exhibit respiratory symptoms.”
Read More Information from Salem County Department of Health & Human Services

“Cancer care teams are going to do to the best they can to deliver care to those most in need. However, even in those circumstances, it won’t be life as usual.
Read More Information from American Cancer Society

Here is a map, which combines data from the World Health Organization, U.S. and European Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the National Health Commission of China, of confirmed cases, recoveries and deaths.

Take steps to protect yourself:
Clean your hands often
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
Distance yourself from other people
Stay at home if you are sick
Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow
Throw used tissues in the trash
Only wear a facemask if you are sick
Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily

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