Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information
The Princeton Health Department is closely monitoring the expanding global outbreak of COVID-19 and has implemented recommended public health interventions at the local level to help minimize the impact in our communities. At this time, the current risk to the general public in New Jersey from COVID-19 remains low with no local cases. It is important to understand that the situation is continuously evolving and as new information becomes available, the public health guidance will change to reflect the most current recommendations.
The Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the New Jersey Department of Health (NJDOH) provide ongoing technical expertise, consultations and guidance to combat the threats COVID-19 poses for our communities. The Princeton Health Department works closely with our partners for a coordinated response and to implement local interventions. Our response, outreach and preparedness efforts are ongoing.
Families and organizations are encouraged to:
- Remain up-to-date on current status and recommendations throughout the course of the outbreak. The CDC and NJDOH are continuously updating their websites.
- Monitor travel restrictions if you are planning a trip abroad. Review the CDC Travel Notice.
- If you have recently traveled to an affected region, follow public health restrictions and guidance upon your return.
- If you have traveled within 14 days and feel ill, contact your healthcare provider by telephone and report your recent travel and symptoms prior to seeking care.
- Ensure that everyone in the family has had a flu shot.
- Review your family or organizational preparedness plans. CDC is expected to post updated tool kits soon.
- Ensure that everyone in the family has had a flu shot. It is not too late to get one.
Additional public health interventions may be necessary in some circumstances; however individuals can help prevent the spread of COVID-2019 and other diseases by practicing basic infection control on a daily basis:
- Wash hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds each time.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are ill.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
- Do not reuse tissues after coughing, sneezing or blowing your nose.
- Clean and disinfect surfaces that are frequently touched.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Businesses are being advised to be supportive of staff in instances of illness.
Stay Home if You're Sick
Organizations, facilities, and public places being advised to send individuals home if they are displaying cold-like symptoms.
We are committed to helping to prevent the spread of this disease by implementing recommended public health controls and linking residents to information. For the most up to date and credible information, please monitor the CDC and NJDOH websites or call NJDOH COVID-19 Hotline, 24/7 at 800-222-1222.
The Princeton Health Department can be reached at 609-497-7608 for additional information.
- Coronavirus Outbreak Update March 6, 2020 (PDF)
- Coronavirus Situational Briefing Princeton Emergency Operations Feb 28, 2020 (PDF)
- COVID-19 - Im Sick, What Should I Do (PDF)
- COVID-19 Social Distancing (PDF)
- Frequently Asked Questions - Close Contacts to Confirmed COVID-19 Cases (PDF)
- Preparing Families for COVID-19 (PDF)
- Stop the Spread of Germs (PDF)
- What Is My COVID-19 Risk Level (PDF)