Live help on COVID-19 information is available. Speak to as healthcare professional at 1-800-222-1222 or 1-800-962-1253. For general information, testing & basic needs, dial 211 or text your zip code to 898-211. For alerts/updates, text NJCOVID to 898-211

For more information on COVID-19 please visit https://covid19.nj.gov.
For daily updates on positive COVID-19 cases in Salem County, please visit https://www.facebook.com/SalemCountyHealth


This is an official CDC HEALTH ADVISORY
Updated March 28, 2020

Severe illness associated with using non-pharmaceutical chloroquine phosphate to prevent and treat coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). Chloroquine phosphate, when used without a prescription and supervision of a healthcare provider, can cause serious health consequences, including death.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has become aware of two individuals who ingested non-pharmaceutical Chlophosphate, a chemical for aquarium use that is commercially available for purchase at stores and through internet websites. One of the individuals died shortly after arrival to the hospital. The second individual was critically ill with sever gastrointestinal symptoms and cardiac condition abnormalities. Upon recovery, the surving individual reported to the media that they ingested the product to prevent infection with COVID-19, after seeing information on the medical use of Chloroquine on television. The product in their possession was in powder form inside a 2.2-lb container and labeled “for Oramental Fish Use Only”. CDC is aware of unconfirmed media reports that these commercially available aquarium- use chemicals may be out of stock due to potential increased demand by the public.

At this time, there are no routinely available pharmaceutical products that are FDA-approved for the prevention or treatment of COVID-19. Pharmaceutical chloroquine phosphate and hydroxychloroquine sulfate are approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat specific medical conditions, such as malaria, lupus, and rheumatoid arthritis. Currently, these medications are being studied and evaluated as treatment for COVID-19; however, their efficacy prevent or treat this infection are unknown.

Recommendations for the Public

  • DO NOT ingest aquarium use products or any other chemicals that contain chloroquine phosphate. These chemicals are not intended for human consumption and can led to serious health consequences, including death.
  • Medications like chloroquine phosphate and hydroxychloroquine sulfate should be taken only when prescribed by and under the supervision of your healthcare provider and always according to the instructions provided.
  • Seek immediate medical attention if you are experiencing any unexpected symptoms after taking chloroquine or hydroxychloroquine by contacting your healthcare provider or your poision center (1-800-222-1222).

For more information visit the CDC website www.cdc.gov/coronavirus

Salem County COVID-19 Cases

December 4, 2020

Positives - 1,719
Negatives - 13,063
Deaths - 89
Recovered - 1,107

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What To Do If You Are Sick & How To Get Tested

If you are a Salem County Resident and would like to be tested for COVID-19, you can schedule an appointment to be tested at the Penns Grove, Pilesgrove, or Salem Rite Aid locations, the Riverside Urgent Care in Pennsville, one of Southern Jersey Family Medical Centers testing sites in Salem, or Salem Medical Center.

Additional Information

If you are currently experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 and feel that you need medical attention, please take the following steps:

  • For Mild Symptoms: CALL AHEAD before visiting your primary care physician and advise them of your symptoms, recent travel, and/or close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19. They will advise you on next steps for being seen for evaluation of your symptoms.
  • For Severe Symptoms: CALL AHEAD before visiting your local emergency room and advise them of your symptoms, recent travel, and/or close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19. They will advise you on next steps for being seen for evaluation of your symptoms.

If you are currently experiencing symptoms of COVID- 19 and/or are waiting for the results of your COVID-19 test please take the following steps to prevent further spread:

  • Stay home except to get medical care
  • Stay separated from other people and animals
  • Continue to monitor your symptoms
  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Clean your hands with an alcohol based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
  • Cover coughs and sneezes
  • If you MUST enter a public space, wear a mask or face covering
  • Clean all “high-touch” surfaces every day

Why You Can’t Test Out of COVID-19 Quarantine
Quarantine means staying home/ away from others for 14 days after close contact with someone with COVID-19 to make sure you don’t get sick/ infect others.

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Possibly exposed to COVID-19? 

  • Quarantine at home for 14 days.
  • You cannot test out of quarantine, even if you test negative, you must stay home for 14 days.
  • A negative test only shows you are not infected on the day tested during the 14 day quarantine.
  • You can still test positive and/ or become sick during the 14 day quarantine.
  • It is important to complete the entire 14 dayquarantine.
  • After 14 days if you have no systems, your quarantine is over.
  • For general questions about COVID-19 call 211 or 1-800-222-1222.
  • Download the COVID AlertNJ app at covid19.nj.com/app
  • This information has been provided by New Jersey Department of Health and New Jersey Communicable Disease Service.

High-touch surfaces include: Counters, tabletops, doorknobs, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets, and remote controls.

Additional Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Resources: What To Do If You Are Sick:

Coronavirus Disease 2019 Travel Information:

Health Actions to Protect You and Your Family:

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About COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

What is it?  How does it spread?

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About the work Salem County and partners are doing during the outbreak.

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Prepare and Protect

Take the same precautions recommended for avoiding colds & flu:

  • Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water often. Don’t ’touch your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • While sick, stay home and limit contact with others as much as possible.
  • Cover your nose and mouth when you cough or sneeze.

What you can do to protect yourself, your family and your community from COVID-19 and prepare for a global outbreak.

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Information for Travelers

Travel alerts, guidance and recommendations during the outbreak.

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Information for Individuals & Families

Information to prevent spread, for pregnant women, children and seniors.

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Stay up to date on all guidance relating to the upcoming holiday season!

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Guidance for health care providers and EMS responders.

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Guidance for primary and secondary schools, child care staff and students, and colleges/ universities.

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Guidance to help prevent workplace exposures and planning recommendations.

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Early detection and prevention is important to protect the health of travelers and avoid virus transmission by disembarking passengers and crew members who may have COVID-19.

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Executive Orders from the Office of Governor Murphy

View the executive orders from the office of Governor Murphy.

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About COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

What is coronavirus?

  • Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses. They are estimated to cause about a third of all cases of the common cold.
  • The most common forms can cause mild to moderate illness in people, while other forms circulate among animals, including camels, cats and bats.

What is COVID-19?

  • COVID-19 is a viral respiratory illness caused by a coronavirus that has not been found in people before.
  • COVID-19 is not caused by the same coronavirus that caused Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) in 2003 or Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) in 2012. However, it is in the same family of viruses.
  • Because this is a new virus, there are still things we do not know, such as how severe the illness can be, how it is transmitted between people, and other specifics of the virus. More information will be provided when it is available.

What was the source of this outbreak?

  • Public health officials and partners are working hard to identify the source of the COVID-19 outbreak.
  • Early on, many of the patients in the outbreak in Wuhan, China, reportedly had some link to a large seafood and animal market, suggesting the virus likely emerged from an animal source.
    • SARS, another coronavirus that emerged, came from civet cats, while MERS, another coronavirus that emerged to infect people, came from camels. Officials are trying to determine if something similar happened with COVID-19.


What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

According to CDC, patients with confirmed COVID-19 have had mild to severe respiratory illness with symptoms of:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Based on other corona viruses, the CDC believes that symptoms of COVID-19 may appear 2 to 14 days after exposure.

Symptoms are similar to other respiratory illnesses that are circulating, such as influenza, so experiencing these symptoms alone does not necessarily mean you need to be tested for COVID-19. Additional criteria will help your health care provider decide if you should be tested, such as:

  • If you have history of recent travel (within past 14 days) from an affected geographic area. Affected geographic areas currently include China, Iran, Italy, Japan, and South Korea (continue to check CDC Coronavirus Disease 2019 Information for Travel for updated affected geographic areas).
  • If you had close contact with any confirmed person within the past 2 days of symptom onset.
  • If you are hospitalized acute respiratory illness or pneumonia without another explanation (e.g., influenza)

How does COVID-19 spread?

This virus is thought to have emerged from an animal source but is now able to spread from person-to-person.

  • It’s important to note that person-to-person spread can happen on a continuum. Some viruses are highly contagious (like measles), while other viruses are less so. It’s not clear yet how easily COVID-19 spreads from person-to-person.
  • Patients who have been identified with COVID-19 in the United States have traveled to an area in China where the virus is circulating or have had contact with a known case.

Take the same precautions recommended for avoiding colds and flu:

  • Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough.


What to do if you suspect you have COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus)

  • Stay home except to get medical care
  • Separate yourself from other people and animals in your home
  • Call ahead before visiting your doctor
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes
  • Avoid sharing personal household items
  • Wash your hands often
  • Clean all “high-touch” surfaces every day
  • Monitor your symptoms

Latest Updates

 Current situation

  • Health officials with New Jersey Department of Health (NJDOH), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)and World Health Organization (WHO) are monitoring an outbreak of respiratory illness, COVID-19, caused by a novel (new) coronavirus that was first detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China.
  • Up to date information about reported and suspect cases of COVID-19 can be found at the following links:

Holiday Guidance

Celebrating Thanksgiving

Traditional Thanksgiving gatherings with family and friends are fun but can increase the chances of getting or spreading COVID-19 or the flu. Follow these tips to make your Thanksgiving holiday safer. The safest way to celebrate Thanksgiving this year is to celebrate with people in your household. If you do plan to spend Thanksgiving with people outside your household, take steps to make your celebration safer. Everyone Can Make Thanksgiving Safer Wear a mask

  • Wear a mask with two or more layers to stop the spread of COVID-19.
  • Wear the mask over your nose and mouth and secure it under your chin.
  • Make sure the mask fits snugly against the sides of your face.

Stay at least 6 feet away from others who do not live with you

  • Remember that some people without symptoms may be able to spread COVID-19 or flu.
  • Keeping 6 feet (about 2 arm lengths) from others is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick.

Wash your hands

  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. * Keep hand sanitizer with you and use it when you are unable to wash your hands.
  • Use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.

Attending a Gathering Make your celebration safer. In addition to following the steps that everyone can take to make Thanksgiving safer, take these additional steps while attending a Thanksgiving gathering.

  • Bring your own food, drinks, plates, cups, and utensils. * Wear a mask, and safely store your mask while eating and drinking.
  • Avoid going in and out of the areas where food is being prepared or handled, such as in the kitchen.
  • Use single-use options, like salad dressing and condiment packets, and disposable items like food containers, plates, and utensils.

Hosting a Thanksgiving Gathering If having guests to your home, be sure that people follow the steps that everyone can take to make Thanksgiving safer. Other steps you can take include: * Have a small outdoor meal with family and friends who live in your community.

  • Limit the number of guests.
  • Have conversations with guests ahead of time to set expectations for celebrating together. * Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces and items between use.
  • If celebrating indoors, make sure to open windows.
  • Limit the number of people in food preparation areas.
  • Have guests bring their own food and drink.
  • If sharing food, have one person serve food and use single-use options, like plastic utensils.

Thanksgiving Travel

  • Travel increases your chance of getting and spreading COVID-19. Staying home is the best way to protect yourself and others. If you do travel
  • Check travel restrictions before you go. * Get your flu shot before you travel. * Always wear a mask in public settings and on public transportation. * Stay at least 6 feet apart from anyone who is not in your household.
  • Wash your hands often or use hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your mask, eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Bring extra supplies, such as masks and hand sanitizer.

Consider Other Thanksgiving Activities Host a virtual Thanksgiving meal with friends and family who don’t live with you

  • Schedule a time to share a meal together virtually.
  • Have people share recipes and show their turkey, dressing, or other dishes they prepared.

Watch television and play games with people in your household

  • Watch Thanksgiving Day parades, sports, and movies at home.
  • Find a fun game to play.


  • Shop online sales the day after Thanksgiving and days leading up to the winter holidays.
  • Use contactless services for purchased items, like curbside pick-up.
  • Shop in open air markets staying 6 feet away from others.

Other Activities

  • Safely prepare traditional dishes and deliver them to family and neighbors in a way that does not involve contact with others (for example, leave them on the porch).
  • Participate in a gratitude activity, like writing down things you are grateful for and sharing with your friends and family.”

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What we are doing in Salem County

  • We are keeping lines of communication open with health care providers around the county with current recommendations for screening and testing for COVID-19.
  • Plans are in place for responding to a case(s) of COVID-19 in Salem County.
  • We are reaching out to community organizations to provide information and answer questions.
  • The Salem County Department of Health website will be continuouslyupdated as new information is distributed to us by the CDC and NJ Department of Health.

Prepare and Protect

What you should do

STAY INFORMED – The CDC is updating its website daily with the latest information and advice for the public. (www.cdc.gov/ncov)

TAKE EVERYDAY PREVENTIVE ACTIONS that are recommended to prevent the spread of respiratory viruses.

  • Under Governor Murphy’s Executive order on April 8, 2020, anyone that enters a essential retail businesses must wear a facemask or a cloth face covering at all times unless you have a medical reason you cannot or are under the age of 2.
  • Avoid close contact with sick people.
  • While sick, limit contact with others as much as possible.
  • Stay home if you are sick.
  • Cover your nose and mouth when you cough or sneeze. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands; germs spread this way.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub with at least 60% alcohol.
  • Think about backup plans for child care if parents, children, or a child care provider is sick.
  • Think about necessary items to have at home, including prescription medicines (check your refill dates), and non-prescription medications, such as fever-reducing medications.
  • Periodically check your regular prescription drugs to ensure a continuous supply in your home.
  • Have any nonprescription drugs and other health supplies on hand, including pain relievers, stomach remedies, cough and cold medicines, fluids with electrolytes, and vitamins.
  • Get copies and maintain electronic versions of health records from doctors, hospitals, pharmacies and other sources and store them, for personal reference. Get help accessing electronic health records.
  • Talk with family members and loved ones about how they would be cared for if they got sick, or what will be needed to care for them in your home.

For list of the CDC suggested cleaning products, see link: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/home/cleaning-disinfection.html


What you should not do

  • DO NOT travel to certain geographical areas that are restricted due to the COVID-19. See Link for updated list: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html 
  • DO NOT show prejudice to people of Asian descent, because of fear of this new virus. Do not assume that someone of Asian descent is more likely to have COVID-19. All persons in the U.S. – including those of Asian descent – who have not traveled to China or been in contact with someone with a confirmed or suspected COVID-19 case in the last 14 days are at low risk of becoming sick.

Information for Travelers

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Travel Advisory List

People Planning to Travel

Review travel recommendations posted on Coronavirus Disease 2019 Information for Travel (CDC) if you are planning to travel, and keep an eye on the news for updates on this evolving situation.

Travel from Affected Countries

For updated list of current travel restrictions by country, see the CDC website: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html

The CDC recommends that travelers avoid all nonessential travel to the following destinations. Entry of foreign nationals from these destinations has been suspended:

  • China
  • Iran
  • South Korea
  • Italy

Travel from Other Destinations with Community Spread of COVID-19

Travelers should review the information for the country they traveled to for recommendations on what to do if they’ve traveled to that country in the last 14 days and feel sick with fever, cough, or difficulty breathing.

Please see link  for daily updated traveling restrictions/ revised list of countries and geographical areas (CDC) – https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html


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➤ Currently there are no vaccines available to prevent COVID-19.

Steps you can take to prevent spread of flu and the common cold will also help prevent coronavirus:

  • Wash hands often with soap and water. If not available, use hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick
  • Stay home while you are sick and avoid contact with others
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or sleeve when coughing or sneezing

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Information for School/Colleges, Child Care and Adult Care Services

We understand staff, parents, and students may have questions and concerns about the novel (new) coronavirus disease, now called COVID-19, particularly if you have staff or students with ties to or recent travel to a country with a COVID-19 outbreak.

The guidance below is intended to help administrators of public and private childcare programs and K-12 schools prevent the spread of COVID-19 among students and staff.

See the following NJDOH and CDC guidance for additional information and resources:  (Links)

For Child Care/Schools

For Colleges and Universities

New Jersey Department of Health COVID-19 Information for Colleges and Universities (NJDOH) –  https://www.state.nj.us/health/cd/topics/covid2019_schoolbusiness.shtml

Adult Care Services

Liquid Church, which has multiple locations throughout NJ, is committed to serving children and adults with special needs. After learning that agencies are having trouble getting PPE, so they secured 40,000 PPE to help meet the needs of DSP’s and the disability community, free of charge.

Interested parties should complete the PPE Request Form at this link – https://airtable.com/shrm6eM8GCxrqmNa3

Information for Businesses

For more information, please see https://www.salemcountynj.gov/reopening-guidance-for-businesses-organizations.

Preventing Workplace Exposures and Planning Considerations

This interim guidance may help prevent workplace exposures to COVID-19 in non-healthcare settings.CDC has also provided guidance for critical infrastructure workers who may have had exposure to a person known or suspected to have COVID-19. Unless otherwise specified, this interim guidance for businesses and employers applies to critical infrastructure workplaces as well.

New Regulations for Essential Retail Businesses

  • All employees and customers must wear cloth face coverings while on premises except where doing so would inhibit that individuals health or where the individual is under 2 yearsof age.
  • Workers must wear gloves when in contact with customers or goods
  • Businesses must provide, at their expense, such face coverings and gloves for their employees
  • If a customer refuses to wear a cloth covering for non-medical reasons and if such covering cannot be provided to the individual by the business at the point of entry, then the business must decline entry to the individual. In which case, the business should provide alternative methods of pickup and/ or delivery of such goods.

New Regulations for Construction Projects

Executive Order Permitting Resumption of Non-Essential Construction – https://nj.gov/infobank/eo/056murphy/pdf/EO-142.pdf

For more information on Executive Orders, please visit – https://nj.gov/infobank/eo/056murphy/approved/eo_archive.html

Reopening Guidance for Businesses & Organizations

Governor Murphy recently announced a phased- in approach to reopening non-essential businesses and activities in New Jersey. To find out what you should do to get ready, click here to see ourLetter to Salem County Businesses and Organizations – https://www.salemcountynj.gov/reopening-guidance-for-businesses-organizations

For the most up to date information on Executive Orders and Executive Directives from Governor Murphy, please click here – https://nj.gov/infobank/eo/056murphy/approved/eo_archive.html

Information for Restaurants and Bars

or information on Restaurant and Bars, please see https://www.nj.gov/governor/news/news/562020/20200603e.shtml

Information for Ships / Ports

Early detection, prevention, and control of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) on ships is important to protect the health of travelers on ships and to avoid transmission of the virus by disembarking passengers and crew members who are suspected of having COVID-19.

See the following CDC guidance for additional information and resources:

Substance Abuse Resources

Narcan Training and Narcan Kit Availability

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Recovery Meetings Online

Substance Abuse Hotlines

  • NJ Peer Recovery – 833-422-2765
    Peer support line available 7 days a week, offering holistic treatment approach to those living with substance use challenges – https://njpeerrecovery.com
  • Substance Abuse Treatment – 844-276-2777
    24/7 Access to treatment for a drug or alcohol problem

Mental Health Resources

Telephone Counseling and Emotional Support

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SAMHSA’s Disaster Distress Helpline – Call 800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746 for 24/7, 365-day-a-year crisis counseling

Youth Crisis Hotline

Youth ages 10 to 24 can call or text 888-222-2228 to discuss any crisis confidentially.

Mental Health Resources

Suicide Prevention Hotline – 800-273-TALK (8255)

Veteran’s Crisis Line

Connects veterans in crisis (and their families and friends) with qualified, caring Department of Veterans Affairs responders through a confidential, toll-free hotline, online chat, or text 1800-273-TALK or visit www.veteranscrisisline.net

Mental Health COVID-19 Helpline – English

Mental Health COVID-19 Helpline – Spanish

Contact Us

Salem County Health Dept.
110 Fifth Street • Suite 500
Salem, NJ 08079

856.935.7510 (Phone)
856.935.8483 (Fax)
Report An Immediately Reportable Disease: 856-935-7510 ext. 8302

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