ROXBURY, NJ - The township Health Department said today it "continues to monitor" the coronavirus outbreak and noted that residents with questions can call it at 973-448 2028.

In a notice posted on the township website, the Health Department said it is working in partnership with the state Department of Health and the Morris County Office of Health Management "to ensure the community is prepared for any local impacts from this international health concern."

More than 3,000 people have died from the virus, according to reports. There have been nine deaths in the United States.

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The township noted that Covid19 is a type of common virus that can infect the respiratory tract and spreads in similar fashion to common cold viruses. "They tend to circulate in the fall and winter," it said.

It noted the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is the lead federal agency tracking the disease and coordinating national preparedness efforts. In New Jersey, the state Department of Health is in charge of preparedness activities, said the township. The state Office of Emergency Management is assisting, it noted.

No Cases in New Jersey

"Since there have been some cases of the virus identified in the United States, the CDC considers this a serious public health concern; however, the immediate health risk from the Covid-19 to the general American public is low at this time," said the Health Department.

As of noon Tuesday, the CDC reported 60 cases of COVID-19 from 12 states. No cases have been found in New Jersey.

The CDC said 22 of the 60 cases are travel-related; 11 are believed to be person-to-person spread and for the remaining 27 "the source of exposure is still under investigation."

Roxbury officials, noting that "the situation is changing rapidly," is encouraging residents to "carefully monitor the CDC and NJ Department of Health websites shown below.

Residents can also call the Novel Coronavirus Public Call Center (NPIES) at 1-800- 222-1222 for information.