The Township of Union understands your concerns, our Administration and the Board of Health are in close contact with the State DOH and our public health partners as we continue to monitor this evolving situation. Please remember that while we see this to be a serious public health concern, based on the current information the immediate health risk to the general public is considered low at this time.
What are the coronaviruses?
A coronavirus is a type of common virus that can infect your respiratory tract. They can spread much like cold viruses. Almost everyone gets a coronavirus infection at least once in their life, most likely as a young child. They tend to circulate in the fall and winter.
What is the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)?
Sometimes a novel (meaning "new") type of coronavirus emerges and begins infecting humans. The type of coronavirus that has recently emerged in Wuhan, Chine is a new type of coronavirus and is infecting people for the first time, which means people do not have any immunity to it. It is causing an outbreak of respiratory illness.
Local COVID-19 Cases
- Total cases in New Jersey 322,378
- Total cases in Union County 27,457
- Total confirmed cases in the Township of Union - 2,897
- Total deaths in the Township of Union - 74
- Estimated Twp. of Union recoveries to date - 2,500
Please be advised that the Union Township Health Department has learned of one positive case of COVID-19 identified at the High School. The Union Board of Education has been officially notified. High School students and staff are advised to self-quarantine through March 28 as Union schools have been closed since March 13th. Students and staff should self-monitor their temperature (twice daily), and be aware of other symptoms (fever, coughing, shortness of breath). Contact your healthcare provider if you present with these symptoms and are in need of care. Also, the Union Health Department may be contacting you.
Questions can be directed to the Township Health Department via email UMB-HealthDepartment@uniontownship.com or by phone (908) 851-8507.
Please be advised that privacy laws prohibit the release of further identifying information.
The NJDOH also opened a Novel Coronavirus Call Center 1- 800 222-1222 – This line is for the general public only, operates 24 hrs. a day /7 days a week, and can accommodate multiple languages.
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What are the signs and symptoms of 2019-nCoV (COVID-19)?
There is limited information at this time on the full range of clinical illness associated with this virus. However, it is causing symptoms consistent with a respiratory illness such as fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Symptoms have varied from mild to severe. CDC believes at this time that symptoms of 2019 nCoV may appear in as few as two days or as long as 14 days after exposure.
The virus is thought to spread mainly between people in close contact with each other (within 6 feet) and through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. It is also possible to become infected by touching a surface or object contaminated with the virus.
We encourage you to utilize all the recommended precautions for preventing the flu and other viral illnesses:
- Prevent the spread of germs by covering coughs and sneezes with a tissue or sleeve, not your hands.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds and use alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
- Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Clean and disinfect frequently-touched surfaces and objects.
How is the 2019-nCov (COVID-19) treated?
There is no specific treatment for this virus other than supportive care as needed.
Is there a vaccine?
There is no vaccine for the 2019 novel coronavirus.
Should I be concerned about pets or other animals and COVID-19?
To date, CDC has not received any reports of pets or other animals becoming sick with COVID-19. At this time, there is no evidence that companion animals including pets can be infected with or spread COVID-19. However, since animals can spread other diseases to people, it’s always a good idea to wash your hands after being around animals.
Should I avoid contact with pets or other animals if I am sick with COVID-19?
You should restrict contact with pets and other animals while you are sick with COVID-19, just like you would around other people. Although there have not been reports of pets or other animals becoming sick with COVID-19 limit contact with animals while you are sick. If you are sick with COVID-19, avoid contact with your pet, including petting, snuggling, being kissed or licked, and sharing food If you must care for your pet or be around animals while you are sick, wash your hands before and after you interact with pets and wear a facemask.
Are pregnant women more susceptible to infections, or at increased risk for severe illness, morbidity, or mortality with COVID-19, compared with the general public?
CDC does not have information from published scientific reports about the susceptibility of pregnant women to COVID-19. Pregnant women experience physical changes which might make them more susceptible to viral respiratory infections, including CODI-19.
If you’re experiencing fear, anxiety or stress related to the COVID-19 pandemic, there are people who can help please call 908-527-4846 or 908-527-4844 or 1-888-845-3434.
- Mobile Community Outreach (Adults): 908.994.7131
- Union County Mobile Response & Stabilization (Children): 877.652.7624
- RWJ University Hospital: 732.381.4200
- Overlook Hospital: 908.522.2000
- Mental Health: (866) 202-HELP (4357)
- Crisis Text Line: Text NJ to 741741
- Family Helpline: 1.800.843.5437
- Domestic Violence Hotline: 1.800.572.7233
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New Jersey Division of the Deaf & Hard of Hearing
As the COVID-19 coronavirus continues to spread, the New Jersey Division of the Deaf & Hard of Hearing has developed a COVID-19 specific resource tool to help those who are deaf or hard of hearing to communicate with first responders and medical professionals regarding exposure to the COVID-19. With this, those that are deaf & hard of hearing can specify their symptoms, their recent travel (including location and means of transport) and how long they’ve been sick. The flyer should be shared with all those who may need it.
Economic Assistance for Businesses & Individuals
The State of New Jersey is providing guidance to all businesses being impacted by COVID-19. Please refer to the following link: http://cv.business.nj.gov/
Topics covered include operations guidance, economic assistance for business, benefits for impacted individuals, and more.
To apply for State Unemployment Insurance, please visit www.MyUnemployment.nj.gov or call the following phone numbers:
NORTH JERSEY: 201-601-4100
CENTRAL JERSEY: 732-761-2020
Information for NJ Businesses
New Jersey COVID-19/ Novel Coronavirus Information for NJ Businesses
U.S. Small Business Administration COVID-19/ Novel Coronavirus Information for NJ Businesses
New Jersey has among the most comprehensive Earned Sick Leave, Temporary Disability, and Family Leave Insurance laws in the country, which cover all employees – full-time, part-time, temporary and seasonal.
New Jersey’s Earned Sick Leave Law even covers public health emergencies – employees can use Earned Sick leave if their workplace or child’s school or daycare is closed due to an epidemic, or if a public health authority determines the need for a quarantine.
Earned Sick Leave can be used for self-care, or for a person to care for a family member, which includes a child, grandchild, sibling, spouse, parent or grandparent, domestic or civil union partner, anyone related by blood to the employee, or anyone whose close association with the employee is the equivalent of family.
That said, variables affect eligibility as well as the applicable benefit or protection. The Labor Department examines cases on an individual basis, and makes eligibility determinations in accordance with the law.
Please do not apply for benefits if you continue to be paid by your employer during COVID-19.
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Self-Employed NJ Workers
Assistance is available to self-employed workers, independent contractors, gig and platform workers who are impacted by COVID-19 through Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) and possibly the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). If you are a self-employed worker, independent contractor, gig and platform worker please visit link below before applying for Unemployment Insurance benefits. Visit https://myunemployment.nj.gov/labor/myunemployment/independentcontractors.shtml