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Feb 29, 2020

NJ Department of Health Gives Update on Suspected Coronavirus

It has been reported that test results have come back negative from a patient who was put in isolation at Bayshore Medical Center in Holmdel for possible coronavirus, also known as COVID-19.

The case was under strict management protocols at the hospital, and ultimately test results showed the patient did not have coronavirus.

The New Jersey Department of Health said, “Test results have come back negative for the person in New Jersey who was under investigation for novel coronavirus.”

According to CBSNewYork, New Jersey, as well as Connecticut, have been given federal approval to test for the virus, as opposed to having to send the samples out to the CDC for testing. This severely trims the wait time on diagnosis. With this approval, patients in these two states could received results within 48 hours, as opposed to weeks.

“It’s good that the Department of Health in New Jersey can do that.Β  I want to make sure we maximize the universe of who can do the test,” said Senator Bob Menendez.

As of now, there have not been any confirmed cases in the Tri-State Area.Β  While there is no current vaccine for COVID-19, the CDC recommends the following in prevention:

  • Avoid close contact with those who are sick
  • Avoid touching eyes and nose
  • Stay home from work when ill
  • CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.
  • Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol.

In late January, a patient in New Jersey was examined and tested for the coronavirus with CDC results coming back negative. The medical facility at which the patient was treated was not released.

Initial symptoms of the virus can mirror that of the flu, including cough, fever, chest tightening and shortness of breath. It is important to follow all CDC recommendations in remaining healthy.