ROBBINSVILLE, NJ -- The first potential case of COVID-9 (coronavirus) linked to a business in Robbinsville Township was announced late Tuesday evening by state health officials. Earlier in the day, the State identified the presumptive positive case in the 62-year-old male who works at a professional office and resides in Burlington County. Cases are deemed presumptive until test results are confirmed by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).
Sources tell TAPinto Hamilton/Robbinsville that the man traveled to Italy before returning to work at the professional office where other employees also are being tested for the contagious virus. His office, which has not yet been officially disclosed, has been closed and is being thoroughly cleaned.
The West Windsor Township Health Department, which oversees Robbinsville, yesterday began notifying persons who have been in contact with this individual as to what precautions should be taken. The local health department, in conjunction with state officials and Public Safety Director and Mayor Dave Fried, will provide further details as they become available.
“We have been preparing for this eventuality for several weeks,” Fried said. “Earlier today, we suspended activities at the Senior Center until further notice, have ordered sanitary supplies and have educated our entire staff on proper, health-oriented procedures.
"Even with a presumptive positive case locally, there is no reason to panic. Continue to practice good hygiene by washing your hands thoroughly several times a day, cover your mouth when you cough and do not touch your face. If you experience a sudden fever, contact your doctor immediately. We will continue to work with all of our partners in order to prepare for any possible spread," Fried added.
Governor Murphy declared a State of Emergency for New Jersey on Monday over concerns about the spread of coronavirus.
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