BERNARDSVILLE, NJ -- As of Thursday morning, Bernardsville had 16 confirmed cases of the COVID-19 coronavirus, and one of them is Borough Councilman Thomas O'Dea.
O'Dea has been self-quarantining at home during his recovery and said that, so far, his symptoms have been relatively moderate.
"From the onset of a slightly elevated temperature, sore throat and some nausea, my symptoms have continued to be rather mild," O'Dea said. "It has been a little over one week from my first symptoms. During this timeframe, there has not been a time where I experienced more severe symptoms."
The only medication O'Dea has been taking has been of the over-the-counter variety.
"I was not given any prescription medication," O'Dea said. "I have occasionally taken Tylenol for my low-grade fever. I was told to self-monitor and to contact my healthcare provider if any of my symptoms worsened. I was also told to go to the emergency room if I experienced shortness of breath."
Although he admitted to some uncertain moments during the long wait to receive the results of his coronavirus test, O'Dea said he has received good care.
"My experience with the local healthcare system has been universally good," he said. "The healthcare professionals provided admirable care, concern, professionalism and compassion. I did find the wait for test results--about five days--to be stressful, and I hope that the U.S. can both increase the quantity of testing and reduce the turnaround time, since I believe that this is key to containment and an eventual return to normalcy."
Bernardsville's Borough Council will be conducting its twice-monthly meetings remotely via Zoom for the foreseeable future.