2019 Novel Coronavirus
Learn about Covid-19 (2019 Novel Coronavirus) -- symptoms, prevention, testing, treatment, and other health concerns -- here. We will continue to update this page as information becomes available. The following are sources for up-to-date, factual, trustworthy information about the virus from experts:
What to do if you are positive for Covid-19?
(Note: at this time these isolation guidelines may not apply for Covid positive individuals in certain settings, such as healthcare and pre-k/childcare centers)
Guidance for Close Contacts
*At this time these guidelines may not apply to certain settings (check with your child's school and/or your employer in regards to their guidance).
In addition to getting a Covid-19 vaccine, other measures you can take to keep you and others safe include...
- Social distancing: Maintain a space of at least 6 feet between yourself and others. Do not congregate in groups, at events, etc.
- Frequent hand washing: Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, making sure to thoroughly clean your hands. If soap and water are not available, use a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Respiratory hygiene: Cover your mouth/nose when you cough/sneeze with a tissue or the inside of your elbow. Immediately discard the tissue.
The CDC’s latest recommendations encourage use of a mask when going out in public. This helps protect others with whom you might come into contact. Find out how to wear a mask effectively and more from cdc.gov.
- Please keep in mind that masks should not be placed on young children under age 2, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.
Common symptoms of Covid-19 include: fever, coughing, and shortness of breath. Read more about symptoms and when to seek medical attention at cdc.gov.
What should I do if I have symptoms?
If you are sick, the CDC and NJ Department of Health recommend that you stay home and self-isolate, wear a mask around others, call ahead to seek medical attention, monitor your symptoms, and continue to thoroughly and frequently wash your hands and cover your coughs and sneezes.
Many Covid-19 cases recover well on their own without any treatment, although some people may benefit from treatment for Covid-19 if they are more at risk for severe illness from Covid-19. Any treatment for Covid-19 should be discussed with your health care provider. To find out more information about available treatment options, visit covid19.nj.gov.
Treatment for Long Covid-19
After recovering from Covid-19, some people may experience long term symptoms and conditions. To learn more about long Covid-19 and resources for treatment, view the Long Covid fact sheet (PDF).
Questions? Call or Text
We encourage residents to call the NJ COVID-19 Hotline at 1-800-962-1253 or text using one of the methods below if they have general questions about novel coronavirus. The hotline is open 24/7 and has multi-language capacity. Callers who need medical advice should contact their health care provider.
The NJ Poison Control Center and 211 have partnered with the State to provide information to the Public on Covid-19:
- Call: 2-1-1
- Call (24/7): 1-800-962-1253
Mental Health and Support Resources
- Crisis Text Line: Text "NJ" to 741741
- Family Helpline: 1-800-843-5437
- Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-572-7233
- Mental Health Hotline: 866-202-4357
- More: Mental Health During Covid-19