Local Coronavirus Update
Princeton Health Officer Jeffrey Grosser released the following information in an update on March 18:
Princeton has four positive laboratory confirmed coronavirus cases, and seven negative laboratory confirmed coronavirus cases. Four tests are awaiting results. Six persons are currently under investigation due to travel or close contact to a confirmed case (not symptomatic), all are quarantined. Three persons are isolated due to being symptomatic and did not receive testing. Twenty persons under investigation have been cleared from quarantine or monitoring (this number includes seven that were not tested from the party and were asymptomatic).
Grosser notes that the number of confirmed cases will continue to rise exponentially as more people get tested and gain access to testing throughout our region. He said that is expected and is not an indicator that social distancing does not work. Social distancing works, but it has only been in effect for three days.
Childcare and daycare centers are still in operation.
Senior living sites have been requested to reduce or end non-essential visitation and increase health screening of worker and essential visitors.
Food trucks have been cleared for operation, but they must be from an existing Princeton business and have been provided instruction from the Princeton Health Department on what they should be doing to keep residents safe, but fed.
The Princeton Health Department has also released local guidance on how retail food establishments should be operating.
Police Chief Nicholas Sutter notes that gatherings of 50 or more persons, and other such COVID-19 curfew and social distancing infractions, do not require use of the 911 emergency system. Please call the police department phone line at (609) 921-2100 for rules violations. The non-emergency lines are answered by trained communications officers who will answer and assist you.
In addition, a new website, princetoncovid.org, provides the latest information from the municipality, Princeton Public Library, and Princeton Public Schools.