Princeton Health Dept Initiates Exposure Investigation into Boston Biogen Conference SARS-2 / Coronavirus (COVID-19) Transmission into Princeton
Princeton Strong news – Princeton, NJ: Office of Mayor Lampert reports 3.10.2020.
Municipal Officials have been notified of a potential exposure to SARS-2 (coronavirus) at a private party in Princeton and have immediately initiated an investigation to identify any potential SARS-2 infections that may result. Two attendees at the party had attended the Biogen Conference in Boston which has been linked to SARS-2 transmission. Upon their return to their homes in the Boston area, they subsequently tested positive SARS-2.
While the investigation is preliminary, the Princeton Health Department believes there were approximately 30 people at the party, not all of whom are Princeton residents. The Princeton Health Department is actively investigating and contacting all of the Princeton residents who attended the party and working with other local health jurisdictions where the other attendees reside. Those in attendance will be asked to self-quarantine until assessment and any testing is completed.We will be updating the public as we have more information. The immediate risk to the general Princeton population remains low.
Individuals can help prevent the spread of COVID-2019 and other diseases by practicing basic infection control on a daily basis.
- Wash hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds each time (or the length of time it takes to sing happy birthday twice). Soap and water are preferred to hand sanitizer, and are usually more readily available.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are ill.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
- Do not reuse tissues after coughing, sneezing, or blowing your nose.
- Clean and disinfect surfaces that are frequently touched.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Businesses are being advised to be supportive of staff in instances of illness.
For more information on SARS-2 and COVID-19:
CDC – General Information on Coronavirus: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/index.html
CDC: Frequently Asked Questions: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/faq.html
NJ Department of Health, COVID-19: https://www.nj.gov/health/cd/topics/ncov.shtml
We are committed to helping to prevent the spread of this disease by implementing recommended public health controls and linking residents to information. For the most up-to-date and credible information, please monitor the websites listed below or call the NJDOH COVID-19 Hotline, 24/7, at 1-800-222-1222.
The Princeton Health Department can be reached at (609)497-7608 for additional information.