The Wayne Township Health Department, along with Wayne Township Office of Emergency Management, is monitoring this rapidly evolving situation closely. We are in regular contact with the Passaic County Health Department, NJ Department of Health (NJDOH), and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to ensure that accurate and timely information is being provided.
While community spread has been observed here in New Jersey, the CDC is stating that the risk of serious health outcomes to the general public remains low. While the majority of COVID-19 patients do not experience serious outcomes, the two groups that are most at risk for serious outcomes are the elderly, and those with underlying chronic health conditions. Testing for COVID-19 is available through healthcare providers, however, it is advised that other possible causes for symptoms, such as influenza or other viruses, are ruled out first prior to testing for COVID-19. If a COVID-19 test comes back positive, the Wayne Health Department is notified through the electronic Communicable Disease Registry and Surveillance System (CDRSS), and the result is considered ’presumed positive" until it can be confirmed by the CDC laboratory. As of this writing, there are no presumed positive cases of COVID-19 in Wayne Township.
If you are ill and have symptoms such as fever, cough, or shortness of breath, it is recommended that you stay at home and do not attend public gatherings or go to work/school, and to call your healthcare provider.
If you are not ill and have no symptoms, practice good hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette, avoid sick people and, adhere to social distancing recommendations.
As information can be subject to frequent updates, we’d like to remind the public that the most accurate and up to date information can be found at the sources listed below.
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html - General information, situation updates, and information particular to specific audiences.
https://www.nj.gov/health/cd/topics/ncov.shtml - Information for the general public, schools, businesses, healthcare providers, public health professionals, and state employees. Questions about COVID-19 can be submitted electronically to NJDOH on this site.
https://www.state.nj.us/health/cd/topics/covid2019_dashboard.shtml - information on cases, locations, and calls to the public hotline.
NJDOH 24-hour COVID-19 Public Hotline: 1-800-222-1222 for general inquiries from the public. Those in NJ using an out-of-state cell phone number can call 1-800-962-1253. The hotline is staffed 24/7 by trained professionals, in multiple languages.
NJ Department of Human Services 24-hour "Warmline" for those seeking mental health services during this event: 1-877-294-HELP (4357). The Warmline is staffed 24/7 by trained professionals, in multiple languages.
Residents with health concerns: Please contact your healthcare provider.
Healthcare providers: Please contact the Wayne Health Department at 973-694-1800 x3373.
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