MIDDLESEX COUNTY, NJ - Middlesex County College is closely monitoring developments related to a respiratory illness caused by a new coronavirus (previously called “2019-nCoV,” now called “COVID-19”).  This illness was first identified in December in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China, with cases now identified in other countries, including the United States. While no cases have been reported in the MCC community or anywhere in New Jersey, our Health and Safety Department is following the guidance of our local and state resources to ensure we have current and accurate information to safeguard the health of our students, employees, and visitors. 

 

Current symptoms reported for patients with COVID-19 have included mild to severe respiratory illness with fever, cough, and difficulty breathing.  These symptoms can appear anywhere from 2-14 days after exposure. Severe cases can lead to pneumonia and other complications. If you are experiencing symptoms, you should visit a doctor immediately.

 

The New Jersey State Department of Health website provides as follows -

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Right now the novel coronavirus has not been spreading widely in the United States, so there are no additional precautions recommended for the general public.  Steps you can take to prevent spread of flu and the common cold will also help prevent coronavirus:

  • Wash hands often with soap and water.  If not available, use hand sanitizer;

·         Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands;

·         Avoid contact with people who are sick;

·         Stay home while you are sick and avoid contact with others;

  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or sleeve when coughing or sneezing.

For more information from the New Jersey State Department of Health, the Middlesex County Department of Public Safety and Health, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), please consult the links below –

 

 

If you have questions, please contact Judi DiMaio, Manager of Health and Safety, at jdimaio@middlesexcc.edu.