Princeton, NJ - March 10, 2020 (Updated from March 06) - COVID 19 (aka Corna Virus) case confirmed in Bucks County, PA. Presumptive Positive Cornonavirus in Princeton, NJ & Robbinsville, NJ. For the lastest updates on this post, scroll down
An asymptomatic person from out of state who had exposed multiple children and staff in a Bucks County, PA school was later confirmed to have Coronvavirus (reported by NBC Philadelphia). Central Bucks county is adjacent to Mercer County, NJ and a neighbor of the Princeton, NJ community. As of this release 5 Bucks County Schools have been closed as a precaution. We are thinking of our neighbors and hope everyone remains on high alert and takes precautions to limit exposure.
With this in mind we’d like to remind everyone that an increased amount of scams related to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) have surfaced. Cyber criminals may send messages containing malicious attachments or links to deceitful web sites to trick victims into providing PII or sensitive information. This includes fake donation sites or made up causes. Please exercise caution in handling any electronic communication with a Coronavirus related subject, attachment, or embedded web link.
A few tips from the US Department of Homeland Security (CISA);
- Avoid clicking on links in unsolicited emails and be wary of email attachments. See Using Caution with Email Attachments and Avoiding Social Engineering and Phishing Scams for more information.
- Use trusted sources—such as legitimate, government websites—for up-to-date, fact-based information about COVID-19.
- Do not reveal personal or financial information in email, and do not respond to email solicitations for this information.
- Verify a charity’s authenticity before making donations. Review the Federal Trade Commission’s page on Charity Scams for more information.
- Review CISA Insights on Risk Management for COVID-19 for more information.
ALL UPDATES BELOW:
March 7, 2020 - Update
Several sources, including 6ABC, report health officials have confirmed all those in close contact with the person infected with coronavirus in Central Bucks County, PA have tested negative for the virus as of Saturday (3/7).
March 10, 2020 - Update
Possible Coronavirus Exposure in Princeton, NJ 08540
Princeton University reports 2 staff members are currently under self-quarantine due to possible exposure to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) while at an off-campus gathering. Both staff members are being tested.
March 10, 2020 - Update
Possible Coronavirus Exposure in Robbinsville, NJ 08691
State officials and West Windsor Health Department (who oversees Robbinsville) report a presumptive positive case of coronavirus in a Robbinsvile, NJ business.
Below via Robinsville Township Website (https://www.robbinsville-twp.org/news_detail_T2_R383.php)
The presumptive positive case was identified by the State earlier today as a 62-year-old male. The individual resides in Burlington County and works at the Robbinsville office, which has been closed and is being thoroughly cleaned. He is not employed by the Township, nor does he work in any of its municipal buildings.
The man and his wife recently returned from Italy, which has been put on virtual lockdown since the outbreak.
Cases are deemed presumptive until test results are confirmed by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).
The West Windsor Township Health Department, which oversees Robbinsville, yesterday began notifying persons who have been in contact with this individual as to what precautions should be taken. The local health department, in conjunction with state officials and Public Safety Director and Mayor Dave Fried, will provide further details as they become available.
“We have been preparing for this eventuality for several weeks,” Mayor Fried said. “Earlier today we suspended activities at the Senior Center until further notice, have ordered sanitary supplies and have educated our entire staff on proper, health-oriented procedures. Even with a presumptive positive case locally, there is no reason to panic. Continue to practice good hygiene by washing your hands thoroughly several times a day, cover your mouth when you cough and do not touch your face. If you experience a sudden fever, contact your doctor immediately. We will continue to work with all of our partners in order to prepare for any possible spread.”
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