As always, our notices to the public are not meant to create worry but are instead intended to educate and inform. As testing becomes more available and time progresses, every community including ours will inevitably have more positive cases of the Novel Coronavirus, COVID-19.
I would like to share again with you three important links I feel are essential to keeping the public well informed about these cases and the Novel Coronavirus in general. They are the COVID-19 Information HUB from the State of NJ that answers a myriad of questions you might have, NJ COVID-19 Info HUB; the New Jersey Department of Health that tracks positive cases by County, NJ Department of Health; and the Ocean County Health Department that tracks positive cases by municipality, OC Health Department. Please keep in mind that the names and addresses of these positive cases are not allowed to be revealed due to laws protecting an individual’s medical history. There is no need for you to be panicked by this though. The Ocean County Health Department is the lead agency for investigation of cases involving a positive COVID-19 person. If it is determined that a resident is in close contact with someone infected with COVID-19, the County Health Department will reach out. The County Health Department conducts a thorough contact tracing exercise on each case and notifies anyone that could have come in contact with that individual.
As the number of cases inevitably rises, I want to stress again there is no need or reason to panic. There is a need for you to be concerned though and to continue practicing smart social distancing and hygiene practices of which I have covered in previous public notices. If we all do our part to help flatten the curve and mitigate the spread of COVID-19 our families, friends and neighbors will all benefit from your responsible actions.
I would like to thank everyone for your calmness, your cooperation and most importantly for your charitable actions for your fellow neighbors. We truly live in an exceptional community.
Mayor Robert A. Sabosik