By Donald Gilpin
New Jersey officials announced 27 new deaths from the coronavirus (COVID-19) today, March 27, with 1,982 new known cases in the state, bringing totals to 8,825 positive tests and 108 deaths. New Jersey ranks second in the country after New York in most COVID-19 cases reported.
There have been 16 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Princeton and 131 in Mercer County. Northern and Eastern New Jersey counties account for the vast majority of New Jersey cases so far.
Wth testing lags as long as seven days, the actual number of cases in the state is likely much higher than reported, according to state officials, who expect the number of positive cases to continue rising, with the peak of infections possibly three weeks away.
The NJ Department of Health and local officials continue to advise residents: Whether you are ill or not, adhere to the governor’s Executive Order and stay home. If you must leave your home, practice social distancing. Wash your hands. Don’t touch your face. Cough and sneeze into your elbow or a tissue. Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces.
Princeton Mayor Liz Lempert, Health Officer Jeff Grosser, and Board of Health Chair Dr. George DiFerdinando provided guidance and fielded questions from the public in a 90-minute online session this morning, and Grosser returned this afternoon on princetoncovid.org with responses to COVID-19 questions.
Grosser’s comments included discussion of best practices for social distancing, self-quarantining, and self–isolation; the governor’s Executive Order on COVID-19; warning signs; supplies to have on hand; and other suggestions for breaking the chain of transmission.
“Each one of us is currently taking a role in ending this pandemic,” said Grosser.
Many municipal and nonprofit organizations, businesses, and individuals have been reaching out with help for the community in combating the pandemic. Princeton Human Services announced that residents should visit princetoncovid.org for information and assistance. Human Services also urged those looking for resources to call (609) 396-9355 ext. 11 for home delivery of free pre-packaged bags of food from Arm in Arm; or call Human Services at (609) 688-2055 for assistance paying bills and other essential expenses due to job loss; or if threatened with eviction; or if experiencing wage theft (not paid for work you have done or not properly paid overtime wages). Certain services are based on income eligibility and program criteria.
For more information, visit princetoncovid.org.