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New Jersey COVID-19 Information Hub
The New Jersey COVID-19 Information Hub provides New Jerseyans with the most up-to-date information about COVID-19 and the State’s response, including information about services such as food assistance and small business assistance.
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Know how it spreads
COVID-19 spreads easily from person to person, mainly by the following routes:
Between people who are in close contact with one another (within 6 feet).
Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes, breathes, sings or talks.
Cases should be reported to the local health department where the patient resides. If patient residence is unknown, the report should be made to the local health department where the provider or laboratory is located.
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COVID-19 is a highly contagious respiratory illness caused by a virus. Most cases of COVID-19 are mild to moderate, like the common cold. But it can be more severe in older adults and people with chronic health conditions.
The virus is most likely to be spread from person to person by droplets when coughing and from contact with surfaces where those droplets have landed. Since this virus is new, health authorities continue to carefully watch how this virus spreads.
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New Jersey COVID-19 Vaccination Page
In anticipation of the approval of a safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine, the Department of Health is working with many other state, federal, and local agencies to plan for the fast and equitable distribution of a vaccine to all New Jersey communities. It is the goal of the Department of Health to make safe and effective COVID-19 vaccination available to all who live, work, and/or are educated in New Jersey.
This page and the resources available here will continue to evolve as that effort moves forward.
Information for Communities and the General Public
Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that are common in people and many different species of animals.
COVID-19 ("coronavirus disease 2019") is the disease caused by a novel (new) coronavirus.
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.
Currently there are no vaccines available to prevent novel coronavirus infections.
The potential for the spread of infectious diseases is increased whenever individuals are brought into group settings. To prevent some of the most serious infections, the New Jersey school immunization rules, Immunization of Pupils in Schools (N.J.A.C. 8:57-4) require students to receive a series of immunizations prior to attendance at school. In addition, schools are required to enforce requirements, maintain records, and submit annual reports to the state and their respective local health department.
What you need to know
How can people safely get together? What are the limits for indoor and outdoor gatherings?
Last Updated: 10/29/2020
Yes, attending a gathering, ceremony, or celebration is permitted as long as the event complies with the following limits on gatherings. Gatherings are allowed, but different limits apply depending...
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How do I know if I am an asymptomatic carrier?
Last Updated: 10/29/2020
The only definitive way to know if you have COVID-19 is by getting tested.