6PM Update - Test has returned with a NEGATIVE result for Coronavirus, according to Monmouth County Freeholder Sue Kiley

HOLMDEL, NJ –  In a case that was originally suspected for coronavirus, the tests returned at about 5PM today are negative. This welcome news was provided by Monmouth County Freeholder Sue Kiley

According to Dr. Jerry Zukerman, Vice President of Infection Prevention and Control for Hackensack Meridian Health Bayshore Medical Center, the hospital initiated the following protocols:

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  • Isolation of the patient.

  • Use of dedicated equipment and appropriate personal protective equipment.

  • Visitor restrictions.

  • Proper management and disposal of all materials associated with treatment.

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. The virus that causes COVID-19 is a novel coronavirus that was first identified during an investigation into an outbreak in Wuhan, China.

TAPinto HCN wants local readers to know everything they can about the Coronavirus. Fact Sheets in English, simplified Chinese and Spanish are attached below:

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Holmdel schools is already proactive on the basic protections and recommendations, much of it basic common sense, to protect against flus and virus infection in general. The informational email to parents from Holmdel School Administration applies to Holmdel Schools specifically but would be useful in any school in New Jersey and public spaces in general. Email is here:

Recent information released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states that more cases of COVID-19 “are likely to be identified in the coming days, including more cases in the United States.” As such, we are monitoring alerts from the CDC about the possibility of the spread of the Coronavirus within the United States and are continuing to follow the latest guidance posted by the New Jersey Department of Education and the New Jersey Department of Health. 

Please note, at this time we have no concerns about this virus in our schools

Our district has a policy in place that guides us through these types of circumstances. District Policy 8451 - Control of Communicable Disease outlines clear procedures and steps that we must follow in any infectious disease situation. This policy requires that we comply with all regulations of the New Jersey Department of Health and Monmouth County Board of Health. These offices govern the prevention, control, and reporting of all communicable diseases. While these protocols are in place, we recognize that COVID-19 has the potential to lead to an unprecedented situation that may call for additional collaboration and compliance with directives from local and state agencies.

According to the CDC, “While the immediate risk of this new virus to the American public is believed to be low at this time, everyone can do their part to help us respond to this emerging public health threat.” The CDC suggests that you can take active measures to maintain respiratory health. As a paren/guardian, you can help by taking the following steps: 

  • Help your child to develop the habit of washing her/his hands regularly.
  • Tell your child to avoid touching her/his face, especially noses and eyes.
  • Encourage and demonstrate for your child how to cough or sneeze into a tissue or into the inside of her/his elbow.
  • Remind your child that if they are not feeling well or exhibit flu-like symptoms while in school they should visit the nurse immediately.

Per the CDC recommendations, we are taking active steps to increase the frequency of disinfecting surfaces that are common "touch points" throughout our schools and we are working with our transportation contractors to ensure similar approaches with our buses.

If you or someone in your family doesn’t feel well, please seek out a healthcare provider.  For the latest information, please visit the New Jersey Department of Health website linked above. 

TAPinto Holmdel, Colts Neck and Middletown will update the story as more information becomes available.