Coronavirus COVID-19 Information and Updates

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What is coronavirus?

The 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is a new virus that causes respiratory illness in people and can spread from person-to-person. This virus was first identified during an investigation into an outbreak in Wuhan, China.

What are the symptoms of coronavirus?

Symptoms of the COVID-19 can include:

  • Fever

  • Cough

  • Shortness of breath 

The symptoms may appear in as few as two days or as long as 14 days after exposure. Reported illnesses have ranged from people with little to no symptoms to people being severely ill and dying. 

How can I help protect myself?

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 for at least 20 seconds. 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

The Somerset County Department of Health is the lead county agency to coordinate public health disease response in emergencies, in partnership with the New Jersey Department of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), local hospitals, medical providers, emergency medical services and other local health partners.

Somerset County Department of Health Situation Update Number 9


Franklin Township Office of Emergency Management Reports Positive COVID-19 Cases as of April 9th

*****DISCLAIMER*****The reported numbers on this page may not match the figures provided on the Somerset County page.  This is due to differences in reporting times. 

Franklin Township 2010 population: 62,300

New cases in Franklin Township: 40

Total cases in Franklin Township: 363

New fatalities reported in Franklin Township: 2

Total fatalities reported in Franklin Township: 16**

** NOTE:  One death reported on 4/9 had been previously reported, therefore the number of deaths has been adjusted to reflect a decrease of one.


Other Related Information

*To view past daily updates click here


Helpful Resources 

Essential Business List Dissemination Report

NJ Residents with a Positive COVID-19 Test: Instructions & Next Steps

Child Care Resources for Essential Employees

The Assemblyman Joe Danielsen Report

Coronavirus Federal Resource Page from Senator Cory Booker

Your StoreAffordable Internet at Home for Eligible Households

Rumor Control and Disinformation Updates

COVID-19 Travel Card for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

State of NJ Department of Health 

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Dr. Namitha Reddy, Director/Health Officer


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