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How to Protect Yourself FAQs

  • Can my child still go on playdates or attend a classmate/friend’s birthday party?

    Last Updated: 08/04/2020
    Yes, however any in-person gathering, ceremony, or celebration must comply with the limits on gatherings. Indoor gatherings must be limited to 25 people or 25% of a room's capacity -- whichever num...
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  • Should I wear a mask to stop the spread of COVID-19?

    Last Updated: 08/03/2020
    Always wear a mask over your nose and mouth in public spaces. Even if you don't feel sick, germs can spread to others through respiratory droplets produced by breathing, talking, sneezing, and coug...
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  • How can I protect myself and others from COVID-19?

    Last Updated: 07/29/2020
    Our first responders and health care workers are saving lives every day -- so can you. Your family, your friends, your neighbors -- their lives are literally in your hands. Here's how you can do yo...
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  • Can I visit someone in a hospital? What guidelines are in place to protect patients?

    Last Updated: 07/21/2020
    Hospitals have begun to open their doors to visitors, with new safety guidelines in place: Visitors must be 18 or older, except for rare exceptions as determined by the facility. Visits are limite...
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  • What resources or guidance is there for expecting mothers, new mothers, and health care providers? What rules are in place for labor and delivery during COVID-19?

    Last Updated: 06/29/2020
    In partnership with the New Jersey Health Care Quality Institute, the Department of Health has issued guidance for pregnant individuals and health care providers to ensure they can obtain safe and ...
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  • How can I protest while minimizing my risk of catching COVID-19 or spreading it to others?

    Last Updated: 06/08/2020
    NOTE: Testing is now available to everyone in New Jersey. Get tested for COVID-19 after participating in large gatherings where social distancing is hard to maintain. To learn more about where and ...
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  • How do I safely handle deliveries and interact with in-home service providers?

    Last Updated: 05/27/2020
    DELIVERIES Packages There is low risk of spread from products or packaging that are shipped over a period of days or weeks at ambient temperatures. COVID-19 is thought to spread mainly through clos...
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  • What should I do if I think my co-worker has COVID-19?

    Last Updated: 05/21/2020
    NOTE: It's important to prevent stigma and discrimination in the workplace. Employees should not make determinations of risk based on race or country of origin and be sure to maintain confidentiali...
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  • How can people with disabilities share needs with local officials to improve emergency responses?

    Last Updated: 05/11/2020
    "Register Ready -- New Jersey's Special Needs Registry for Disasters" allows New Jersey residents with disabilities or access and functional needs, and their families, friends, caregivers and assoc...
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  • If I'm an EMS worker or first responder, how can I protect myself from getting COVID-19?

    Last Updated: 04/28/2020
    Persons needing 911 services or transportation to the hospital have been told to let EMS and other first responders know they have COVID-19 symptoms and to wear a mask. If they do not have a face m...
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  • What's the best guidance for cleaning a facility when someone may have been sick?

    Last Updated: 04/20/2020
    It is recommended to close off areas used by anyone who is ill or has symptoms and wait as long as practical before beginning cleaning and disinfection to minimize potential for exposure to respira...
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  • What is telehealth? Can I use it to visit my doctor?

    Last Updated: 04/17/2020
    Telehealth or telemedicine allows you to have a live video consultation with your doctor without visiting their office in person. During the COVID-19 emergency, telehealth is quickly becoming a wid...
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