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Rockaway Township confirms first two cases of COVID-19

ROCKAWAY TOWNSHIP, NJ (Morris County) – The Rockaway Township Division of Health, in conjunction with the New Jersey Department of Health, has confirmed the first two cases of COVID-19 (coronavirus) in Rockaway Township, officials announced Thursday.

Both individuals are isolated and recovering well, and Rockaway Township health officials are following all appropriate NJ Department of Health and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) protocols in conducting efficient and comprehensive follow up. Currently, there is no vaccine for COVID-19.

As of 11:30 a.m. Thursday, there have been 742 positive COVID-19 tests with 9 deaths, according to Governor Phil Murphy.

The Rockaway Township Division of Health reminds all residents to take the following simple precautions to protect themselves and others from respiratory illness:

  • Stay home if you are sick.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • If soap and water are not available, use a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol content.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. If you do not have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your sleeve.
  • Limit close contact with individuals who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Avoid handshakes and try an elbow bump instead.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces and objects, using manufacturer’s directions.

While the CDC indicates the risk of infection to the general public remains low, residents showing symptoms of COVID-19 must contact their healthcare provider. Symptoms include fever of 100.4F, cough and shortness of breath.

For additional information on COVID-19 resources, visit the NJ Department of Health’s website, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website, the Rockaway Township’ website or call the NJPIES Call Center: 1-800-222-1222 or 1-800-962-1253 (non-NJ cell phones).

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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