MORRISTOWN, NJ -  All 39 Morris County towns, school districts and major healthcare providers are working in coordination with the Morris County Office of Emergency Management and Office of Health Management regarding the Coronavirus, announced county officials.

County Officials are working closely with Atlantic Health and Saint Claire's Health to ensure all agencies and organizations have the latest information on how to best deal with the virus, they said.

The Morris County Board of Freeholders is closely monitoring the situation through regular updates and has authorized county funding for needs related to this issue.

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“County government, through OEM and the County Office of Health, is working to provide a unified, countywide response to this situation,’’ said Freeholder Director Deborah Smith. “We are coordinating with local health officials and hospitals to ensure they have the information, equipment, supplies, and personnel needed to deal with this situation.’’

The county is ready to support municipalities and healthcare providers. 

  • Morris County is working with health and medical professionals to take extra precautions at county government facilities, including the Correctional Facility, Juvenile Detention Center, Youth Shelter, and 9-1-1 Communications Center;
  • The Morris County Sheriff’s Office is working in partnership with the Morris County OEM to support all operational activities.
  • The Morris County Communications (9-1-1) Center has implemented call screening tools for emergency medical calls to identify potential COVID-19 cases at the time of dispatch, so first responders can be aware of relevant information and take appropriate precautions;
  • The Morris County OEM will maintain additional levels of response equipment for use by schools or healthcare facilities.
  • Morris County OEM’s Mobile Ambulance Bus will have added equipment on board capable of assessing large numbers of patients in connection with COVID-19, if needed.
  • County OEM is encouraging EMS responders, physicians, and healthcare facilities operators to make early notifications to hospitals, allowing hospitals to be prepared for patient admission prior to arrival.

The following are tips provided by the Morris County Office of Health Management (consistent with CDC recommendations) to protect yourself and others from respiratory infections, including the coronavirus (COVID-19):

  • Stay home if you are sick;
  • Limit close contact with people who are sick;
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth;
  • Avoid handshakes. Try an elbow bump;
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds;
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol;
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces;
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. If you do not have a tissue, use your sleeve (not your hands);
  • Get a flu shot to prevent the flu if you have not done so this season. 

Residents are asked to avoid rumors and some less-than-accurate reports about this virus. Don't be alarmed if residents see first responders wearing high levels of protective gear, such as masks, hoods, suits and respirators, said officials. Out of an abundance of caution, they may wear this gear for the safety of the patient and fellow responders, they said.

 

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