Today’s Infectious Disease News (3/7/20)

Camden County Sees First Presumptive Case of COVID-19 in Cherry Hill Hospital

Health officials revealed on Friday that the first presumptive case of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in Camden County has been identified at Jefferson Cherry Hill Hospital. The patient, a man in his 60s, is under quarantine and is reported to be in stable condition. This case marks the third presumptive positive case of COVID-19 in New Jersey, and a fourth was announced in Bergen County the same night. Dr. Topiel tells CBS News that to be tested for the coronavirus, “it’s really not going to be helpful to just show up in an emergency room”. He says that patients “have to meet a fairly rigid criteria for testing such as “unexplained illness where people are very sick, where they require hospitalization, may even require ventilators”. The CDC says that the most effective steps people can take to prevent the spread of the coronavirus include staying home if you’re sick, thoroughly and regularly washing your hands with sanitizer or soap and water, maintaining social distance and working from home.

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