TRENTON, NJ — Results have come back negative for the person tested for coronavirus at Bayshore Medical Center, according to health officials. 

No other persons in the state are currently approved and awaiting testing for the virus that causes COVID-19, the N.J. Department of Health (DOH) said in a press release. 

“Most New Jersey residents are at low risk for novel coronavirus,” said Health Commissioner Judith Persichilli.  “If individuals are having symptoms, the illness is much more likely to be caused by common respiratory viruses such as flu or the common cold.”

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Each year, DOH partners with hospitals and local health departments during the respiratory virus and flu season on hundreds of disease outbreaks. Currently, that effort includes being prepared to handle coronavirus cases, according to the department.

Since early January, DOH's efforts have included establishing a novel coronavirus webpage and partnering with the N.J. Poison Information and Education System to open a call center for the public. To date, that hotline —1-800-222-1222 — has received more than 750 calls from the public and can accommodate callers in multiple languages. 

At this time, testing for the virus that causes novel coronavirus will not be performed on individuals with mild illness who are not at high risk for the disease. For those individuals with mild illness, DOH does not recommend that they seek medical attention. 

For those who have traveled to China or been exposed to people known to have novel coronavirus within the past 14 days and who have fever and symptoms such as cough, the department recommend seeking medical attention. Individuals who fall into this category should call ahead before visiting the doctor's office or emergency room to inform them about possible exposure and symptoms.

“The department continues to remind residents to take necessary precautions to protect themselves from all respiratory viruses, such as washing their hands frequently, covering coughs and sneezes, and staying home when sick,” said Persichilli.

“The care team at the hospital followed the protocols established by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, ensuring the patient was isolated and treated appropriately. We are very appreciative of all the efforts of the hospital team members and medical staff,” said Robert C. Garrett, CEO of Hackensack Meridian Health, parent of Holmdel-based Bayshore. “We extend our best wishes to this patient for a speedy recovery.”

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