HAMILTON, NJ -- Hamilton Township reported a new positive case of COVID-19, coronavirus, diagnosed in a local resident after being alerted by the Communicable Disease Reporting and Surveillance System (CDRSS) Friday. The 63-year-old male is currently hospitalized but reportedly doing well. Two other Township residents tested positive earlier this week and are self-isolating at home and recovering well.
Hamilton Township Mayor Jeff Martin said that the Health Department has been diligently working to conduct comprehensive investigations for each positive case. He noted that while some have questioned why more information isn't offered regarding where those that have tested positive work, and the locations they have frequented, this information is protected by federal confidentiality laws (HIPAA) and prevent the Township from releasing certain details to the public.
Anyone who was in close or direct contact with the individuals who have tested positive is contacted by the Health Department to inform them that they have been in contact with an individual who has tested positive for coronavirus. Certain individuals may not exhibit symptoms within the first few days of having the virus, which is why recommendations are in place to stay at home or physical distance of about six-feet from others, avoided crowded public places, practice every day prevention measures like frequent hand-washing, staying home when sick, and covering coughs and sneezes.
Martin said he understands that staying at home and limited physical interaction is difficult, but is a critical part in doing everything we can now to flatten the curve to keep people safe and save lives.
For general questions about COVID-19, residents can contact the New Jersey Department of Health’s call center at 1-800-962-1253 which is open 24/7 and has multi-language capacity.
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