Chester Township
1 Parker Road
Chester, New Jersey 07930
908-879-5100

From the Health Department:

When an individual who tests positive for COVID-19 is identified, the Washington Township Health Department follows all appropriate NJ Department of Health and Centers for Disease Control protocols in conducting an efficient and comprehensive follow up.  The Washington Township Health Department identifies close contacts of all confirmed cases to determine the need for self-monitoring. Individuals who have been in close contact with that person will be notified and will be asked to self-quarantine for 14 days.

Please note that HIPAA requirements protect each individual’s right to privacy, so no identifying information will be publicized.

IMPORTANT – This virus is in our community, and it is still spreading. We cannot emphasize enough how critical it is for you to STAY HOME AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE to thwart its spread, and to WEAR A MASK to protect each other from virus transmission when going out. The longer we can hold out and impede its spread by not giving it the chance to move from person to person, the greater the chance that preventative therapies and treatments will be available that will save lives, yours included.

COMMUNITY COVID-19 UPDATES

Morris County COVID-19 cases are updated regularly at: https://health.morriscountynj.gov/coronavirus/#cases

View data for Chester Township and other municipalities at that site.

Any resident who would like to call to discuss their symptoms or to self-report is encouraged to call the Health Department at 908-876-3650.
  • Limit close contact with people who are sick. Stay home if you are sick.
  • Self-Quarantine for 14 days if you have travelled to countries with widespread outbreaks of COVID-19.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Wear a face covering over your mouth AND nose when going out and social distancing is difficult.
  • Avoid handshakes. Try an elbow bump.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. If you do not have a tissue, use your sleeve (not your hand).
  • Get a flu shot to prevent the flu if you have not done so this season.Ensure that an adequate supply of necessary prescriptions are on hand in case of quarantine or shortened supply.

Additional information can also be found on NJ Department of Health’s website at https://www.nj.gov/health/cd/topics/ncov.shtml and CDC at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/index.html

Preventing CoVID-19 Spread in Communities

Click here to find out what you can do to lessen your chances of contracting Coronavirus  and other contagious respiratory diseases.

Don’t Delay Non-COVID Emergency Care

Animal Health During the Pandemic

Please inform yourself on COVID-19:

COVID-19 Rumor Control and Disinformation Updates from NJ Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness

Visit the COVID19 information hub at https://covid19.nj.gov/

The New Jersey Department of Health website https://www.nj.gov/health/cd/topics/ncov.shtml

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/summary.html

NJDOH Coronavirus Dashboard – https://www.nj.gov/health/cd/topics/covid2019_dashboard.shtml

Caring for your Mental Health

NJ 211 has been activated to assist with handling COVID-19 calls from NJ residents. Residents can text NJCOVID to 898-211 to receive text information and to stay informed. To receive live text assistance, residents can text their zip code to 898-211.

New Jersey Poison Information and Education System (NJPIES) opened a COVID-19 Information Hotline to assist in answering questions from the general public. Residents should contact the call center at 1-800-222-1222 or, if in NJ but using a non-NJ cell phone, at 1-800-962-1253.  The call center is available 24/7 and can accommodate calls in multiple languages.

For an update of cases by county, the New Jersey Dept of Health (NJDOH) has set up a dashboard with information:  https://www.nj.gov/health/cd/topics/covid2019_dashboard.shtml

The Chester Township Council, OEM, First Responders, and Administration are working closely with the Board of Health, Health Department and emergency preparedness officials at the federal, state and local levels to closely monitor the COVID-19 situation and provide updates accordingly.

Our first responders and health officials are participating in the ongoing conferences with the county and state officials and are monitoring CDC and state guidelines.  They are prepared to handle any potential COVID-19 (novel Coronavirus) case in accordance with those guidelines.

It is the responsibility of the local Health Department to first review and confirm all test results. Residents do not need to self-report, as the Health Department follows up on each result received. It is important to remember that we need to confirm results on our end before an investigation begins.
 
Once the Health Department receives a positive COVID-19 result through their electronic system, an interview of the positive case is then conducted to obtain information on demographics, signs, symptoms and possible exposure sources (for example work, travel, exposure to another confirmed COVID 19 case). The resident is then provided guidance on social distancing and other infection control measures. The resident is also given the opportunity to ask any questions they may have and to add anything they feel is important about their particular case.
 
Once the interview is complete, the Health Department focuses on any close contacts the confirmed case had. A close contact is defined as anyone who has been less than six feet apart from the case for more than ten minutes. It is not defined as brief casual contact. Close contacts are notified and provided information for quarantine, with an emphasis placed on those contacts who are high risk. An example of a high risk contact would be someone who has a co-morbidity, is an elder adult, or someone who is a health care worker.
 
Public release of identifying information is not a recognized public health measure for control of COVID-19. Such data is used internally by public health officials in our county for epidemiological surveillance and planning purposes. Beyond said internal use, the public releases appear to be the result of various pressures (including media and residents) for misguided reasons and/or to satisfy those who are inquisitive under the guise of the need for greater transparency. Our office will continue to protect information in accordance with applicable regulations and in the same manner we would want our own individual information protected.
 
Governor Murphy issues Executive Orders regularly in an effort to manage the spread of COVID-19. You can read the contents of these orders first hand so that you can remain accurately informed.
 
It is important for all residents, young and old, to follow the Executive Orders signed by the Governor to protect all of the residents of New Jersey.
 
Follow this link to view all of the Governor’s Executive Orders in response to COVID-19.