From time to time you will hear the terminology COVID-19 confirmed case throughout this pandemic. To be a confirmed case the person must test positive at a CDC laboratory.
As defined by the CDC, The virus that causes COVID-19 is spreading from person-to-person. Someone who is actively sick with COVID-19 can spread the illness to others. That is why CDC recommends that these patients be isolated either in the hospital or at home (depending on how sick they are) until they are better and no longer pose a risk of infecting others.
How long someone is actively sick can vary so the decision on when to release someone from isolation is made on a case-by-case basis in consultation with doctors, infection prevention and control experts, and public health officials and involves considering specifics of each situation including disease severity, illness signs and symptoms, and results of laboratory testing for that patient.
While individuals are considered infectious, local or long-distance travel should occur only by medical transport (e.g., ambulance or air medical transport) or private vehicle. Isolation and travel restrictions are removed upon determination by public health authorities that the person is no longer considered to be infectious.
Current CDC guidance for when it is OK to release someone from isolation is made on a case by case basis and includes meeting all of the following requirements:
- The patient is free from fever without the use of fever-reducing medications.
- The patient is no longer showing symptoms, including cough.
- The patient has tested negative on at least two consecutive respiratory specimens collected at least 24 hours apart.
Someone who has been released from isolation is not considered to pose a risk of infection to others.
The Kearny Department of Health is currently monitoring:
CDC confirmed cases: 2
Kearny has received its first positive test result for COVID-19. We received results yesterday that a resident at a nursing home on Belgrove Drive tested positive for COVID-19. The resident began exhibiting mild symptoms of the virus on 3/13/20 and was taken to Clara Maass on 3/15/20. All those in contact with the resident during those 2 days were notified and are being monitored. The nursing home has restricted visitors to the facility and is following NJ Department of Health requirements.
Additionally, a student who resides in Paterson, but attends a daycare on Highland Ave., tested positive for COVID-19. The student was taken out of school on 3/9/20 before the student exhibited any symptoms of the disease. The student’s classmates are at low risk for contracting the disease and will be monitored for signs and symptoms of COVID-19.