As the world and our state are grappling with the effects of the coronavirus we want you to remain vigilant and take all necessary precautions for your health and safety.
Below we have compiled several updates and useful resource links that can help you stay informed and alert:
- “Gov. Phil Murphy declared a state of emergency and a public health emergency on Monday, effective immediately, to “contain the spread of COVID-19″ as the numbers of coronavirus cases in the state grow.”
- Lt. Governor and state officials urge residents to have two weeks worth of food, medicine and water at the ready in their homes in the event of a self-quarantine.
- Superintendent Walker’s Letter to Jersey City Public School Parents
- This Wednesday March 11, 2020 the The Jersey City Public Schools will have a 12:30pm dismissal for the purpose of preparing administrators, teachers and staff for any upcoming safety measures such as possible temporary closures.
- Jersey City cancels “larger group” senior events as part of proactive coronavirus plan
Facts about COVID-19 (coronavirus):
CDC is responding to an outbreak of respiratory disease caused by a novel (new) coronavirus that was first detected in China and which has now been detected in almost 90 locations internationally, including in the United States. The virus has been named “SARS-CoV-2” and the disease it causes has been named “coronavirus disease 2019” (abbreviated “COVID-19”).
How the virus can spread
The virus is transmitted mainly between people who are in close contact with one another (within about six feet) through coughing, sneezing, or by touching. It can also spread from contact with infected surfaces or objects that have the virus on them and then touching one’s own mouth, nose and eyes.
Symptoms experienced with COVID-19
The most common symptoms range from mild to severe, may appear 2-14 days after exposure and can include fever, cough and shortness of breath. If you develop these symptoms and have been in close contact with someone known to have COVID-19 or if you have recently traveled from an area with widespread ongoing community spread of COVID-19 , call your healthcare provider as the first step, per the CDC’s recommendation.
Older people and people of all ages with severe underlying health conditions — like heart disease, lung disease and diabetes, for example — seem to be at higher risk of developing serious COVID-19 illness.
Preventing the spread of COVID-19
It’s important to maintain a healthy workplace and environment. CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
- Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask.
- CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.
- Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of facemasks is also crucial for healthcare workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).
****IPORTANT TO NOTE*** that Jersey City Public Schools do NOT advise wearing a mask to school. If a child comes to school in a mask they will be presumed sick and sent home. Refer to jcboe.org for the Superintendent’s instructions to parents.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
- Get your flu shot – it is not too late to keep from having the flu this year!
New Jersey Department of Health 24-Hour Public Hotline: 1-800-222-1222
We also encourage residents to call the NJDOH 24-hour public hotline at 1-800-222-1222 if they have general questions regarding COVID-19.