Atlantic County is reporting its first confirmed case of COVID-19.

According to a statement issued by the county Wednesday morning, a man in his 60s with underlying health conditions has tested positive for COVID-19.

The patient is currently being treated at home while health officials conduct further investigations.

People who were in direct contact with the person will be notified and asked to self-quarantine for 14 days as directed by guidelines issued by the Centers for Disease Control.

A commercial lab confirmed the positive test results late Tuesday.

In the statement, Atlantic County Executive Dennis Levinson said,

While this is unfortunate news, it is not unexpected. But there is no reason to panic. Health officials continue to emphasize that 80% of cases will be mild or moderate with full recoveries expected. The deeper concern is for those with underlying health conditions or compromised immune systems. We must all remain vigilant and cooperate with the directives issued by our federal, state and local health officials to protect the health and safety of our communities.

Anyone with questions may call the state hotline at (800) 222-1222. The call center is available 24/7 with multi-language capabilities, but cannot diagnose individuals, provide testing appointments or results, or give specific medical recommendations. Callers who need medical advice should contact their healthcare provider.


SOURCE: Atlantic County press release, 03/18/20

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