Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)



The New Jersey Department of Health is working with state, federal, and local agencies to plan for the fast and equitable distribution of a vaccine to all New Jersey communities. It is the goal of the State’s Department of Health to make safe and effective COVID-19 vaccinations available to all who live, work, or are educated in New Jersey.






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Have general questions about COVID-19?
The NJ Poison Control Center and 211 have partnered with the State to provide information to the public on COVID-19:

  • Bergen County COVID-19 Contact Tracing Line: 551-287-2295

  • Call (24/7): 1-800-962-1253 COVID-19 Questions
    Call for medical information from healthcare professionals on symptoms, when to seek medical attention, and proper steps to take if exposed to COVID-19.
  • Call (BCDHS Health & Safety Hotline):  201-225-7000 (after hours and weekends: 201-785-8505)
  • To recieve alerts, text: NJCOVID to 898-211

For Emotional Support: 866-202-HELP(4357) •

Visit the NJ COVID-19 Information Hub at


Bergen County has confirmed cases of novel coronavirus (COVID-19), as seen in other parts of the world and U.S. The majority of these illnesses are mild, with fever and cough. A much smaller percentage of cases are severe, particularly in elderly people and people with underlying medical conditions. This is a quickly evolving situation and this site will be updated frequently. 

Take Steps to Protect Yourself

  • Follow social distancing practices. This is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick
  • Wash hands often with soap and water. If not available, use a 60% alcohol hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick
  • Stay home while you are sick, except to get medical care. Learn what to do if you are sick.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or sleeve when coughing or sneezing or use the inside of your elbow.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others who are not in your household.    
For Bergen County Residents

What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness.

These symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus:

• Fever  •  Muscle Pain
• Cough • Headache
• Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing • Sore Throat
• Chills • New Loss of taste or smell
• Repeated shaking with chills • Congestion or Runny Nose
• Nausea / Vomiting • Diarrhea


If you develop emergency warning signs for COVID-19 get medical attention immediately. Emergency warning signs include*:

  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • New confusion or inability to arouse
  • Bluish lips or face

*This list is not all inclusive. Please consult your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning.

How can I help protect myself?

People can help protect themselves from respiratory illness with everyday preventive actions.  

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others. 
  • Keep six feet of distance between yourself and people who don't live in your household
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or use the inside of your elbow.  Wash hands with soap and water immediately after. 
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. 
  • Monitor your health daily.

What to do if you have confirmed or suspected COVID-19

  • Restrict activities outside your home, except for getting medical care.
  • Separate yourself from other people and animals in your home.
  • Do not go to work, school or public areas.
  • Avoid using public transportation, taxis, or ride-share.
  • Monitor your symptoms and call before visiting your doctor. If you have an appointment, be sure you tell them you have or may have COVID-19.
  • If you have one, wear a facemask around other people, such as sharing a room or vehicle, or around pets and before entering a healthcare provider's office.
  • If you can't wear a mask because it's hard for you to breathe while wearing one, then keep people who live with you out of your room, or have them wear a facemask if they come in your room.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue and throw away in a lined trashcan. Wash hands thoroughly afterwards. Soap and water is best.
  • Avoid sharing personal household items like dishes and glasses, or bedding.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds. If you can't wash your hands, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Rub hands together until dry.
  • Clean all "high touch" surfaces every day, such as counters, tables, doorknobs, bathroom fixtures, phones, and keyboards.
  • Use a household cleaning product to clean, following the manufacturer's recommendations.
  • If you are having a medical emergency, call 9-1-1. Notify dispatch that you have or may have COVID-19
  • Remain in home isolation for 10 days since symptoms first appeared, AND at least 24 hours with no fever without the use of fever-reducing medication, AND symptoms have improved
  • If you tested positive for COVID-19 but have no symptoms, self isolate for 10 days since your test was taken and continue to monitor for and symptoms.  If symptoms appear follow guidelines above regarding home isolation. 


What to do if you were potentially exposed to someone with confirmed COVID-19

First, know that you generally need to be in close contact with someone with COVID-19 to get infected. Close contact includes scenarios like living with or caring for a person with confirmed COVID-19, being within six feet of a person with confirmed COVID-19 for about 10 minutes, or if someone with COVID-19 coughed on you, kissed you, shared utensils with you or you had direct contact with their body secretions.

  • If you may have had close contact with a person with COVID-19 but are not sick
    • Monitor your health for fever, cough and shortness of breath for 14 days after your last contact with the ill person.
    • Do not go to school or work. Avoid public places for 14 days.
  • If you are a close contact of a person with confirmed COVID-19 and are sick
    • If you are sick with fever, cough, or shortness of breath, even if your symptoms are mild, isolate yourself.
    • If you are at higher risk for severe illness (over 60, with underlying health conditions such as heart disease, lung disease, or diabetes), have a weakened immune system or are pregnant) call your health care provider. They may want to test you for COVID-19.
    • If you have symptoms but are not in a high risk category, talk with your health care provider. They will help you determine if you need to be evaluated.


What to do if you have COVID-19 symptoms but haven't been around anyone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19

  • The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, cough, and shortness of breath. These can be symptoms of other respiratory illnesses as well as COVID-19.
  • If you are in a high-risk category, and have symptoms of COVID-19, call your healthcare provider for advice. If you are at risk for serious illness, your healthcare provider may arrange a test for COVID-19.
  • If you do not have a high risk condition and your symptoms are mild, you do not need to be tested for COVID-19. Do not go out when you are sick, practice excellent hygiene, and wear a facemask when you are around other people if you can.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes. Avoid sharing personal household items. Clean your hands often. Clean all "high-touch" surfaces like doorknobs often.
  • Monitor your symptoms and call your health care provider if symptoms worsen.
  • Stay home and avoid others for 24 hours after your fever goes down and symptoms get better.

Things to Do While Quarantined

  • Phone a friend- reach out via calls, texts, Facetime, and social media
  • Work out at home- YouTube has an abundance of at-home workouts and some local yoga studios are offering classes through a livestream
  • Read- download the app “Libby” and connect your library card. You can take out books and audiobooks through the app just like you would at the library.
  • Cook/bake
  • Take a walk
  • Clean
  • Start a journal or blog
  • Complete a puzzle
  • Watch movies/TV
  • Teach yourself another language- use an app like “Duolingo”
  • Meditation/mindfulness
  • Go through all of your clothes- donate once the quarantine is over.
  • Learn to knit or crochet- check YouTube for videos
  • Play board games with your family
  • Rearrange your furniture.

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Important Numbers

  • NJDOH Toll-Free Hotline: 1-800-222-1222 or 1-800-962-1253 if using out-of-state phone line
  • The New Jersey Department of Human Services a toll free warm line is activated during events that impact the mental health of New Jersey residents: 877-294-HELP (4357)
  • Bergen New Bridge Medical Center Telemed: 201-204-0712
  • Information for NJ State Employees (NJ Civil Service Commission) -
  • For questions regarding the County Executive’s Executive Order contact -
  • For emotional support during the COVID-19 outbreak – 866-202-HELP (4357) or

Get Involved

  • DONATE BERGEN COUNTY DRIVE-THRU PPE DONATION DRIVE at the Annex Building, 220 East Ridgewood Avenue, Paramus (located behind Bergen New Bridge Medical Center, off of Pascack Road/Ridgewood Ave)

    For inquires: • More Info

  • VOLUNTEER Opportunities for COVID-19 available, email or call 201-336-6006
  • REPORT price gouging! If you believe it is occurring contact the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs - 973-504-6240
  • WORK. To learn more about who is hiring in your community, visit the NJ COVID-19 JOBS AND HIRING PORTAL

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Contact Us

Office of Health Promotion

 Bergen County Department of Health Services

One Bergen County Plaza  • 4th Floor • Hackensack, NJ 07601-7076

Phone: 201-634-2600 • Fax: 201-336-6086

Health & Safety Hotline: 201-225-7000