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Roxbury Township reports first case of COVID-19

ROXBURY TOWNSHIP, NJ (Morris County) – The Roxbury Township Health Department, in conjunction with NJ Department of Health (NJDOH) has confirmed its first case of COVID-19 in Roxbury Township, according to Roxbury Township officials.

Th first confirmed case in Roxbury Township is an individual age 66 who is under doctors care, but not hospitalized, officials said.

“All close contacts have been reached and were asked to self-quarantine for 14 days as per NJ DOH guidelines,” officials said.

Currently, there is no vaccination for COVID-19 and the Roxbury Township Health Department is encouraging all residents to take simple precautions to protect themselves and others from respiratory illness:

  • Stay home if you are sick.
  • Limit close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Avoid handshakes. Try an elbow bump.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. If you do not have a tissue, use your sleeve (not your hand).
  • Get a flu shot to prevent the flu if you have not done so this season.

“While the risk of infection to the general public 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. Even though the risk is low, Mark Caputo, Health Officer for the Roxbury Township Health Department explains People who have these symptoms should contact their healthcare provider prior to visiting the hospital or a healthcare setting,” authorities said.

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