March 9, 2020 9:00 AM
COVID-19 INFORMATION FOR EO RESIDENTS!
**TESTING INFORMATION** All East Orange residents – symptomatic or asymptomatic – can be tested for COVID-19 at 161 Elmwood Avenue (the Old V.L.D. School Complex on August 7 and 21 between 9am-1pm for walk up testing, Appointments may be made by visiting https://17709.portal.athenahealth.com/.
In partnership with Platinum Health Services, Wellness Suite 360, Not Just A Black Body (NJABB), and Accu Reference Medical Lab, East Orange will be offering COVID-19 testing to all East Orange residents who want to be tested, regardless of insurance, ability to pay or whether they have symptoms or not. There is no up-front cost for testing.
ABOUT THE (NOVEL) CORONAVIRUS
COVID-19 is a new respiratory disease, caused by a novel (or new) coronavirus that has not previously been seen in humans. Reported illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death for confirmed COVID-19 cases.
Here are some key websites with critical information for New Jersey residents:
To check daily case updates in East Orange, please visit www.essexcountynj.org
Please follow the City of East Orange's Facebook page@EOCityHall for information on resources, case updates, town hall meetings, relief programs and more.
FREE FOOD DISTRIBUTION
The City of East Orange is operating Grab N' Go Food Distribution Sites at the East Orange Senior Center and the Fellowship Civic Center. To find out more information, please call the Division of Senior Services at 973.266.8832 or the Department of Recreation and Cultural Affairs at 973.414.4141.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
Symptoms of this infection may appear 2-14 days after exposure and include:
• Cough and shortness of breath, and
• In severe cases, pneumonia (fluid in the lungs).
However, it’s possible for people with COVID-19 to spread the virus to others up to 48 hours before they have symptoms. Call your healthcare professional if you develop symptoms, and have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19.
You can also call 2-1-1 to learn more about:
• COVID-19 prevention, symptoms, and treatment
• Information about testing
• Guidance for people planning or returning from travel
Coronaviruses are a large group of viruses; some cause illness in people and some occur in animals, including camels, civet cats and bats. Rarely, animal coronaviruses can evolve and infect people and then may spread between people. Human coronaviruses cause routine seasonal respiratory virus infections. Other coronaviruses, like SARS and MERS, can cause serious illnesses.
HOW DO CORONAVIRUSES SPREAD?
Coronaviruses are respiratory viruses and are generally spread through respiratory secretions (droplets from coughs and sneezes) of an infected person to another person.
KNOW HOW IT SPREADS
• There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
• The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus.
• The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.
• Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
• If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
• Avoid close contact with people who are sick
• Stay home as much as possible.
• Put distance between yourself and other people.
• You could spread COVID-19 to others even if you do not feel sick.
• Everyone should wear a cloth face cover when they have to go out in public, for example to the grocery store or to pick up other necessities..
• You do not have to use a face mask meant for a healthcare worker.
• Continue to keep about 6 feet between yourself and others. The cloth face cover is not a substitute for social distancing.
• If you are in a private setting and do not have on your cloth face covering, remember to always cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
• Throw used tissues in the trash.
• Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
• Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
• If surfaces are dirty, clean them. Use detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.
• Then, use a household disinfectant. Most common EPA-registered household disinfectants will work.
SENIORS AND PEOPLE WITH CRITICAL MEDICAL CONDITIONS
• If possible, do not leave your home.
• Avoid close contact with others.
Effective March 17, 2020, Mayor Ted R. Green closed East Orange City Hall, all municipal buildings and parks to the public. All programs and special events were indefinitely suspended. Municipal services are still operating, but with limited staff and provisions for making payments and other necessary paperwork. Please visit www.eastorange-nj.gov or call the Mayor's Office of Constituent Services at 973.266.5151 to learn how you can handle your business remotely.
WHAT ARE ESSENTIAL NEEDS?
On March 21, Governor Phil Murphy signed Executive Order No. 107 which mandates that everyone stay at home unless conducting an essential need, which include purposes such as working as an essential employee, grocery shopping, going to medical appointments and exercising outdoors. Personal recreation is allowed if you are not in a group.
WEAR A FACE COVERING
Data suggests that many who are infected with COVID-19 are not symptomatic. For that reason, the East Orange Department of Health and Human Services STRONGLY RECOMMENDS that all members of the public wear cloth face coverings when doing essential activities, like grocery shopping or going to an essential job. It is especially important for essential workers, like grocery or pharmacy clerks, to wear face coverings as they are coming into contact with many people throughout the day. It is not required to wear a face covering while doing personal recreation outdoors, however, you must maintain a distance of at least six feet from other people and avoid gathering in groups.
Covers do not need to be surgical masks or N95 masks, which are in short supply and should be reserved for those who need them the most and have the highest risk of infection, like our health care workers and first responders.
Face covers can be made at home using cloth materials, like a T-shirt or bandana, and without having to sew. Please visit YouTube for demonstrations on how to make a cloth mask.
GUIDANCE FOR ESSENTIAL BUSINESSES
• Do not allow employees or patrons to come into close contact (within six feet) of each other in your facility.
• Limit gathering opportunities by marking spaces for people to sit or stand that are farther than six feet away from each other.
• Enact telework or remote work policies whenever possible to limit the number of people in one space.
• Ensure handwashing areas are available to employees and patrons and encourage frequent handwashing.
• Routinely use a disinfectant wipe or spray on high-touch surfaces in workspaces and public areas.