The New Jersey Health Department in collaboration with the New Jersey Poison Control Center has introduced a health hotline to address the concerns of New Jersey residents.  Anyone in the state of New Jersey can call 1-800-962-1253 to speak directly with a health care professional (Doctor, Pharmacist, or Nurse) who can provide general information, and answer questions about the current outbreak.  The New Jersey Poison Control Center is working closely with the New Jersey Department of Health and other agencies to stay up to date on new/changing information as it occurs.  


Updates

3/2/2020 Press Conference from New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy

2/29/2020 New Jersey Department of Health Testing Finds Individual Negative for Novel Coronavirs

Department of Health Seal  https://www.nj.gov/health/news/2020/approved/20200229b.shtml


What is the 2019 Novel Coronavirus outbreak?

The Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) is a respiratory infection caused by a new strain of Coronavirus, that arose from the area of Wuhan, China in December, 2019.  Although Coronaviruses are not uncommon, this specific strain is of concern because it has never been seen before in humans.  The risk from an outbreak of this kind depends on the characteristics of the virus; how well it spreads between people, the severity of the resulting illness, and the medical or other measures available to control the impact of the virus (i.e. medications or vaccines). (New Jersey Department of Health, 2020)


Additional Resources

 NJ Health: Communicable Disease Service – 2019-nCoV (Novel Coronaviruse)

 2019 Novel Coronavirus 

Image result for john hopkins Coronavirus COVID-19 Global Cases by Johns Hopkins CSSE, Live Map 


Public Education & Updates from the New Jersey Poison Control Center:

  New Jersey Poison Center                      @NJPoisonCenter