Monday, April 6, 2020
On Monday morning, April 6, the Atlantic County Division of Public Health confirmed 13 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the county total to 140. Of these new cases, five were confirmed in men, ages 48-64, and eight were confirmed in women, ages 29-61.
Public health officials also confirmed another eight residents have been cleared as recovered for a total of 19 countywide.
The CDC has issued new guidance regarding face coverings to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Simple cloth coverings including scarves and bandanas worn in public settings where other social distancing measures may be difficult to maintain may help prevent the release of any virus-laden particles into the air. But health officials also caution that such coverings should not provide a false sense of security. Keeping a safe distance from others is still the best defense.
There is currently no vaccine or treatment for this virus. Those who experience mild or moderate symptoms such as fever, cough, aches and pains, are advised to stay at home, self-isolate and monitor their symptoms. Most recover within two or more weeks.
Individuals with more severe symptoms including fever, cough and shortness of breath, and who may have underlying health conditions including heart or lung disease, diabetes or a compromised immune system, should contact their medical provider.
Those who are concerned they may be experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 may use the Symptom Checker available on COVID19.nj.gov to help make decisions about appropriate medical care.