HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - An advisory posted on the Hillsborough Township website Sunday morning confirms that a Montgomery Township student who attended the DC Gymnastics facility in Hillsborough has tested positive for the Coronavirus (COVID-19).
However, the situation poses a low risk for other students and those who were inside the facility, according to the Hillsborough Township Health Department.
The advisory reads: "Due to the diligence on the part of the family of the students, the Montgomery Township Health Department, and the gym management, this situation poses low risk to other gym students.
"This is due to the fact that the child who tested positive was not symptomatic while at the gym, and became symptomatic on 3-9, while her last day at the gym was 3-4. Therefore, the Montgomery Township Health Department, which has been following up on contacts of the 3 individuals, has notified us that the gym members are low risk, and should monitor their health for 14 days from the 4th, which is March 18."
The advisory continues:
"Anyone experiencing symptoms of fever, cough, or difficulty breathing should contact their physician and let them know of their possible contact before going to the medical facility, so they are ready. They should also contact the Hillsborough Township Health Department at 908-369-5652. However, as stated previously, this is a Low Risk exposure."
On Sunday, Gov. Phil Murphy confirmed the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in New Jersey had increased to 98; there have been two deaths attributed to the virus in New Jersey.
The Montgomery Health Department also posted an advisory to its website Saturday night:
"This evening, the Health Department learned that 3 members of a family already under home quarantine have tested positive for COVID 19 virus.
"One of the positive tests is a student at LMS who attended school prior to becoming symptomatic. The exposure risk to the general student population at LMS is low. Parents should monitor their child for fever and cough until March 24, and contact their health care provider should these symptoms develop, but are not under quarantine.
"The Health Department is doing epidemiological interviews to determine any students/other individuals who may be close contacts at elevated risk of exposure. The Health Department will contact these elevated-risk individuals directly to advise them about additional precautions they should take to prevent spread of the virus.
"Please do not call 911 with questions about this case. 911 is for life-threatening emergencies.
"As this virus comes to our community, we ask that everyone practice “Social Distancing” in the community: Avoid crowds, stay home when you are sick, and maintain 6 feet distance between other people.
"This is not the time for sleepovers, birthday parties, and hanging in the mall.
"Montgomery Township Schools are providing remote education until March 30."