ROSELAND, NJ — The first case of laboratory-confirmed COVID19 (novel coronavirus) in a Roseland resident has been discovered, according to the Roseland Board of Health and Office of Emergency Management (OEM) team, which has been “preparing for the potential of a coronavirus outbreak” in the area. Cases have also been discovered this week in Caldwell, West Caldwell, Livingston and other neighboring communities.

“Residents should be assured that we are taking all necessary steps to deal with this virus,” the borough wrote in a statement on Thursday morning. “Representatives from all our departments have been meeting since January to discuss our plans to address our entire community.”

The Roseland Board of Health, in conjunction with the New Jersey Department of Health (NJDOH), advises residents that “this is a fluid situation” that is expected to result in additional cases being identified. 

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“While the risk of infection to the general public still remains low, should a person start showing symptoms of COVID-19, which include fever, cough and shortness of breath, residents must contact their healthcare provider,” the borough said. “Even though the risk is low, People who have these symptoms should contact their healthcare provider prior to visiting the hospital or a healthcare setting.”

The Roseland Board of Health is encouraging all residents to take simple precautions to protect themselves and others from respiratory illness, as there is no vaccination for COVID-19.

Residents are asked to be cautious about rumors and some less-than-accurate reports about this virus.

Residents are also urged to “use common sense and error to the side of safety when making family decisions on social distancing.”

Call the New Jersey COVID-19 Information Public Call Center at 1-800-962-1253 or text NJCOVID to 898-211 to receive up-to-date information via text. To receive live text assistance, residents can also text their zip code to 898-211.

The New Jersey Department of Human Services also operates a toll-free "warm line" at (877)-294-HELP (4357) as a resource for people seeking mental health services.