Wednesday, March 25, 2020
A seventh Atlantic County resident has tested positive for COVID-19, according to the Division of Public Health. The man in his 30s is recovering at home.
Public health officials are investigating his contacts but confirmed that he had no known history of travel to any of the current domestic or international COVID-19 hotspots. Social distancing and quarantine continue to be the best measures to control the spread of the disease.
While those most at risk for COVID-19 include the elderly and individuals with underlying health conditions or compromised immune systems, the virus can affect any one of any age. The state Department of Health has reported that 35% of New Jersey’s cases have been identified in those 30-49 years of age.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, 80% of those who do contract the virus should experience only mild to moderate symptoms and may not require hospitalization.
Testing equipment and resources throughout the country remain limited at this time. Health officials are indicating a change in local strategy for coronavirus testing, recommending doctors avoid testing patients except where a test result would significantly change the course of treatment.
The CDC has advised Individuals with no symptoms not to be tested. Individuals with mild symptoms should stay home if they are sick and follow the guidance of their healthcare provider. If sick, you should self-isolate and also limit contact with pets and animals. All individuals should continue to practice social distancing at home and in public.
New Jersey has established two statewide drive-through testing sites, one at the Bergen County Community College and another at the PNC Center in Holmdel, both of which are supported by FEMA. Union and Passaic counties have established their own county operated sites.
If and when needed, Atlantic County has identified the Hamilton Mall in Mays Landing as a potential drive-through testing site.
For more information, visit the state information hub at: COVID19.nj.gov