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:
Currently, there is no vaccine for COVID-19. The best way to protect yourself and others is by observing the following behaviors:
- Social distancing: Maintain a space of at least 6 feet between yourself and others. Stay home as much as possible and 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 White House has released the President’s Coronavirus Guidelines for America: 15 Days to Slow the Spread (PDF). This program urges all to take specific measures to practice social distancing in order to slow the rate of COVID-19’s spread and decrease the risk to the most vulnerable members of our communities.
On March 21, 2020, NJ Governor Phil Murphy issued an Executive Order directing nearly all residents to stay home. Read more...
Common symptoms of COVID-19 include: fever, coughing, and shortness of breath. Read more from the CDC about symptoms and when to seek medical attention here.
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. Read the fact sheets below for more information.
Essex County opened a drive-through COVID-19 testing site for Essex County residents only at Weequahic Park in Newark. (Read press release.) Appointments are required, and 150 appointments are available each day it is open. Visit www.EssexCOVID.org to learn more and make an appointment.
Fact Sheets: Close Contacts of those who have COVID-19
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
- Text: NJCOVID to 898-211
- Text: your zip code to 898-211 for live text assistance
Mental Health and Support Resources
- Crisis Text Line: Test ‘NJ” to 741741
- Family Helpline: 1-800-843-5437
- Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-572-7233
- Mental Health Hotline: 866-202-4357