ROXBURY, NJ – The first person in Roxbury to be diagnosed as having COVID-19 is a 66-year-old individual who is being treated at home, officials said today.

The person “is under doctors care, but not hospitalized,” said a statement released by the township Health Department and the state Department of Health (NJDOH).

The statement did not reveal the patient’s gender, neighborhood or other information. It did say that health officials have contacted people they believe might be at risk for becoming infected by the individual.

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“All close contacts have been rached and were asked to self-quarantine for 14 days as per NJDOH guidelines,” said the statement.

It said the Roxbury case is one of seven in Morris County, information that appeared to be outdated. The NJDOH’s own “NJ COVID-19 Dashboard” website said that, as of 4:45 p.m. Wednesday there were 19 confirmed cases in the county and 427 statewide, not 267 as cited in the statement.

“Currently, there is no vaccination for COVID-19,” said the statement. “The Roxbury Township Health Department is encouraging all residents to take simple precautions to protect themselves and others from respiratory illness:

  • 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 percent 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 hand)
  • Get a flu shot to prevent the flu if you have not done so this season

Despite the growing number of cases in the state and country, Roxbury Health Officer Mark Caputo said - in the statement, that the risk of infection is low. He said the symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, cough and shortness of breath.

“People who have these symptoms should contact their healthcare provider prior to visiting the hospital or a healthcare setting,” Caputo said.

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