BARNEGAT, WARETOWN, NJ - No doubt you already know that the coronavirus isn’t the first health concern with worldwide implications. However, concerns about exposure remain a frustration here in Barnegat and Waretown, and everywhere else. For the uninfected, they would find more comfort in the government lifting HIPAA’s privacy rules.

Take for example another type of virus that reached epidemic proportions. According to the federal government, some states require you to notify partners of HIV positive test results. Many feel that it would be nice for the government to establish a mandate when there’s a positive COVID-19 confirmed case.

Some companies are taking it upon themselves to supply the information. Just yesterday, the Shop Rite in Garwood reported that a worker came back with confirmation that he was infected with the  coronavirus.  Shop Rite advised other workers to self-quarantine and also implemented sanitation procedures.

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Locally, reliable sources report that someone from the Barnegat Post Office came back with a positive COVID-19 test. However, the phone rings busy each time it is dialed for official confirmation. Reportedly, the facility has been professionally cleaned in accordance with federal guidelines.

A local developer was also kind enough to tell residents of a confirmed case within the Whispering Hills complex. While they were under no obligation to do so, the management agent provided the information – together with the standard precautions to avoid infection.

Tracing the footsteps of the potential deadly virus?  Truth be told, it could be nearly impossible. Both Barnegat Police Chief Keith Germain and Ocean Township Police Chief Michel Rogalski repeat the same set of instructions as a matter of course.  It’s all about social distancing and staying home until advised otherwise.

Barnegat resident Shaun Cronen also sums it up in a social media post. “Everyone, everywhere should assume they have been exposed and practice safe practices.”