RARITAN, NJ - The Somerset County Department of Health has reported its first case of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Raritan Borough.
According to a Facebook post from the borough, the individual is 50 years old, and the department of health will be conducting an interview to determine if there are any known exposures. The department of health is working to identify anyone who may have had contact with the patient.
As of today, according to the post, there are 106 cases in Somerset County, and there have been two fatalities.
"Raritan's number one priority at this time is keeping our community healthy and containing the spread of the disease," Mayor Zachary Bray said in the post. "We are continuing to work with our county health department to do everything we can to keep our residents' risk as low as possible."
"Please follow the governor's orders, stay inside as much as possible and please limit activity to food, exercise and medical emergencies," Bray added. "Social distancing to the extreme will be our best tool in preventing the spread of COVID-19. We are working with the appropriate agencies and will keep our residents informed as situations develop."
As reiterated in the post, symptoms of the virus appear within two to 14 days after exposure, and include fever, cough and shortness of breath. It can cause mild to more severe respiratory illness in some individuals, and some may experience severe complications and require hospitalization.
Residents with questions or concerns about COVID-19 can call 2-1-1, text NJCOVID to 898-211 or email email@example.com.
For an updated case count in Somerset County, call 908-231-7111 or visit the department of health's new dashboard at www.co.somerset.nj.us/health.