The Salem County Department of Health and Human Services is announcing its second confirmed case of COVID-19. The individual is a female in her 20s from Quinton Township. We are currently working with the individual to identify close contacts and provide guidance for evaluation and testing of those contacts as appropriate. Additional information regarding this case will be made available soon.

The Salem County Department of Health and Human Services was notified of the positive result from the Communicable Disease Reporting Surveillance System (CDRSS) of the New Jersey Department of Health (NJDOH). We are continuing to follow guidance from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and NJDOH regarding symptomatic individuals and those who meet the additional testing criteria.

We urge the residents of Salem County to continue to practice social distancing measures and take standard precautions against the spread of COVID-19 which include effective hand washing for at least 20 seconds with soap and water or, if unavailable, with an alcohol based hand sanitizer that is at least 60% alcohol, staying home if you are experiencing mild symptoms or are sick, limiting contact with individuals as much as possible, avoiding touching your face, and practicing routine cleaning of frequently touched surfaces.

Furthermore, the Salem County Department of Health understands the concerns surrounding the availability of testing and is working diligently to address these concerns. According to CDC guidance, individuals with mild symptoms do not need to be tested. At this time, even though the confirmed case count remains low in Salem County, we are expecting cases to rise and we encourage all residents to stay home and follow social distancing directives.

New Jersey residents can continue to call 2-1-1 or 1-800-222-1222 for general questions. The call center is open 24/7 and has multi-language capacity. Residents can also text NJCOVID to 898-211 to receive text information and stay informed.

For more information, please continue to check the Salem County Department of Health and Human Services Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/SalemCountyHealth/, website, https://health.salemcountynj.gov/, and Twitter page as well as the NJDOH website and case count dashboard.

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