Local Cases

April 2, 7 p.m. update from the Princeton Health Department 

  • Total positive cases: 31
  • Active positive cases: 20
  • Persons under isolation: 3
  • Persons under isolation (tested): 1
  • Persons under isolation (symptomatic): 3
  • Positive cases isolation complete: 12
  • Negative test results: 30
  • Persons under isolation (complete): 23
  • Deaths: 1
  • Positive cases by gender: men, 18; women, 13
  • Positive cases by age: age 11 and under, 1; ages 12-17, 1; ages 18-65, 24; ages 66-75, 3; ages 76-85, 1; ages 86 and older, 1
  • Hospitalized: 1
  • Healthcare workers: 3
There are several cases at Princeton University. Only the cases of University staff members who are Princeton residents are included in the town’s numbers.
As the rate of coronavirus infection increases, our response and our recommendations will continue to evolve. We all must presume there is some possibility for exposure in ANY community situation, and protect ourselves accordingly. As access to testing expands though multiple testing facilities (the NJDOH, local hospitals, special test sites site up by the Federal government), this will limit our ability to offer precise case counts. While our ability to keep a precise tally will be impossible, it will also be less important. Instead, we will continue to investigate and highlight the most critical exposures and disease events that happen in our community, allowing us to offer specific information on where individuals may have been exposed, and what actions they can take to take care of themselves, and protect others they may come in contact with.

April 2, 3 p.m. press release from the Princeton Health Department

Princeton Announces First Death Related to COVID-19

The Princeton Health Department has confirmed the first death from 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19),  a 90+ female who may have acquired COVID-19 through contact with a home health aide. The Princeton Health Department is actively investigating contacts of the home health aide. Princeton extends our deepest condolences to the family and loved ones of the patient, as well as all who have been affected by this outbreak. We continue to strongly recommend that all Princeton residents, workers, students and visitors take the necessary precautions to protect themselves against novel coronavirus. Your health and the health of the community is our top priority.

Princeton has 32 total confirmed COVID-19 cases. The Princeton Health Department is currently monitoring 20 active cases that are in isolation, 11 cases have recovered. Cases of COVID-19 continue to increase throughout New Jersey. We all must maintain social distancing through practicing the following:

• Stay at home except for emergency travel or to obtain needed supplies
• Avoid all non-essential travel, public events, community gatherings, and indoor venues.
• Keep at least six feet between yourself and another person in all public places
• Avoid close contact, including handshakes and hugging
• Avoid in-person meetings and gatherings
Those with underlying health conditions, pregnant women and the elderly are strongly encouraged to stay at home. Everyone and every organization has to do their part to help slow the spread of this virus.
For questions about coronavirus, the New Jersey Department of Health has a COVID-19 Hotline, 24/7, at 1-800-222-1222. The Princeton Health Department can be reached at (609)497-7608 for additional information.
All press contact should be directed to Fred Williams, by e-mail, fwilliams@princetonnj.gov

April 1, 5 p.m. update from the Princeton Health Department 

  • Total positive cases: 30
  • Active positive cases: 18
  • Persons under isolation: 7
  • Persons under isolation (tested): 1
  • Positive cases isolation complete: 12
  • Negative test results: 25
  • Persons under isolation (symptomatic): 3
  • Persons under investigation (asymptomatic): 3
  • Persons under investigation (tested): 1
  • Persons under isolation (complete): 23
  • Positive cases by gender: men, 17; women, 12
  • Positive cases by age: age 11 and under, 1; ages 12-17, 1; ages 18-65, 23; ages 66 and older, 5
  • Hospitalized: 2
  • Healthcare workers: 3

As of Wednesday, April 1 (1:30 p.m.) Princeton has 30 confirmed cases.  We have released 12 from isolation, meaning 12 have recovered.  Princeton Health Department is monitoring two cases closely due to age and pre-existing conditions (both are hospitalized).

  • 22,255 total New Jersey Cases
  • 268 Mercer County Cases

 

There are several cases at Princeton University. Only the cases of University staff members who are Princeton residents are included in the town’s numbers.
As the rate of coronavirus infection increases, our response and our recommendations will continue to evolve. We all must presume there is some possibility for exposure in ANY community situation, and protect ourselves accordingly. As access to testing expands though multiple testing facilities (the NJDOH, local hospitals, special test sites site up by the Federal government), this will limit our ability to offer precise case counts. While our ability to keep a precise tally will be impossible, it will also be less important. Instead, we will continue to investigate and highlight the most critical exposures and disease events that happen in our community, allowing us to offer specific information on where individuals may have been exposed, and what actions they can take to take care of themselves, and protect others they may come in contact with.

March 31, 3:45 p.m. info from the Princeton Health Department 

  • Total positive cases: 28
  • Active positive cases: 20
  • Persons under isolation: 7
  • Persons under isolation (tested): 1
  • Negative test results: 25
  • Persons under investigation (symptomatic): 3
  • Persons under investigation (asymptomatic): 3
  • Persons under investigation (tested): 1
  • Persons under investigation (isolation complete): 23
  • Positive cases by gender: men, 16; women, 12
  • Positive cases by age: age 11 and under, 1; ages 12-17, 1; ages 18-65, 21; ages 66 and older, 5
  • Positive cases isolation complete: 8
  • Hospitalized: 2
  • Healthcare workers: 2

Mercer County is conducting a drive-up testing site located at Quaker Bridge Mall  8 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays  appointment only, for symptomatic residents of Mercer County. Physicians will provide necessary documentation to the testing center, which will make appointments.

There are several cases at Princeton University. Only the cases of University staff members who are Princeton residents are included in the town’s numbers.
As the rate of coronavirus infection increases, our response and our recommendations will continue to evolve. We all must presume there is some possibility for exposure in ANY community situation, and protect ourselves accordingly. As access to testing expands though multiple testing facilities (the NJDOH, local hospitals, special test sites site up by the Federal government), this will limit our ability to offer precise case counts. While our ability to keep a precise tally will be impossible, it will also be less important. Instead, we will continue to investigate and highlight the most critical exposures and disease events that happen in our community, allowing us to offer specific information on where individuals may have been exposed, and what actions they can take to take care of themselves, and protect others they may come in contact with.

March 30, 3:45 p.m. info from the Princeton Health Department 

  • Total positive cases: 26
  • Active positive cases: 18
  • Persons under isolation: 7
  • Persons under isolation (tested): 1
  • Negative test results: 25
  • Persons under investigation (symptomatic): 2
  • Persons under investigation (asymptomatic): 3
  • Persons under investigation (tested): 1
  • Persons under investigation (isolation complete): 23
  • Positive cases by gender: men, 15; women, 11
  • Positive cases by age: age 11 and under, 1; ages 12-17, 1; ages 18-65, 19; ages 66 and older, 5
  • Positive cases isolation complete: 8
  • Hospitalized: 2
  • Healthcare workers: 2

Mercer County is conducting a drive-up testing site located at Quaker Bridge Mall beginning Tuesday, March 31.  The testing site will operate 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays and will be appointment only, for symptomatic residents of Mercer County.

There are several cases at Princeton University. Only the cases of University staff members who are Princeton residents are included in the town’s numbers.
As the rate of coronavirus infection increases, our response and our recommendations will continue to evolve. We all must presume there is some possibility for exposure in ANY community situation, and protect ourselves accordingly. As access to testing expands though multiple testing facilities (the NJDOH, local hospitals, special test sites site up by the Federal government), this will limit our ability to offer precise case counts. While our ability to keep a precise tally will be impossible, it will also be less important. Instead, we will continue to investigate and highlight the most critical exposures and disease events that happen in our community, allowing us to offer specific information on where individuals may have been exposed, and what actions they can take to take care of themselves, and protect others they may come in contact with.

March 29, 1 p.m., Press Release from the Health Department

Second Princeton Police Officer Tests Positive for COVID-19

A second Princeton police officer has tested positive for COVID-19. The officer began displaying symptoms on Friday, March 20, and immediately took steps to self-isolate. The officer is currently not hospitalized and continues showing moderate symptoms of COVID-19.  The officer has written no citations, has made no arrests and has had limited contact with the public during the period of communicability.  Anyone that had direct contact with the officer is being notified by the Princeton Health Department.  The Princeton Police Department has been employing a continuity of operations plan over the last several weeks which has isolated this exposure to a small group of officers while mitigating the risk of exposure to the department as a whole. The affected officers were isolated to the same unit in the department’s continuity plan. The group of officers are all being quarantined at this time.

Immediately upon receipt of information that the officer was not feeling well, measures were taken at the police department to disinfect all areas of the police department and patrol vehicles.  One additional member of the police department is currently awaiting test results.

The Municipality of Princeton wishes both officers a rapid and full recovery.

As more cases are observed throughout New Jersey, we are continuing to urge all people to practice social distancing through practicing the following:

  • Stay at home
  • Avoid all non-essential travel, public events, community gatherings, and indoor venues.
  • Keep at least six feet between yourself and another person in all public places
  • Avoid close contact, including handshakes and hugging
  • Avoid in-person meetings and gatherings

Those with underlying health conditions, pregnant women and the elderly are strongly encouraged to stay at home.  Everyone and every organization has to do their part to help slow the spread of this virus.

For more information on coronavirus (SARS-2) and COVID-19:

For questions about coronavirus, the New Jersey Department of Health has a COVID-19 Hotline, 24/7, at 1-800-222-1222. The Princeton Health Department can be reached at (609)497-7608 for additional information.

All press contact should be directed to Fred Williams, by email,fwilliams@princetonnj.gov

March 28, 1:30 p.m. Press Release from the Health Department

Princeton Police Officer Tests Positive for Coronavirus

A Princeton police officer has tested positive for COVID-19.  The officer began displaying symptoms on Sunday, March 22 and immediately took steps to self-isolate. The officer is currently not hospitalized and continues showing mild symptoms of COVID-19.  The officer has written no citations, has made no arrests and has had limited contact with the public during the period of communicability.  Anyone that had direct contact with the officer is being notified by the Princeton Health Department.  The Princeton Police Department has been employing a continuity of operations plan over the last several weeks which has isolated this exposure to a small group of officers.  The group of officers are all being quarantined at this time.

Immediately upon receipt of information that the officer was not feeling well, measures were taken at the police department to disinfect all areas of the police department and patrol vehicles.  Two additional members of the police department are currently awaiting tests.

The Municipality of Princeton wishes the officer a rapid and full recovery.

As more cases are observed throughout New Jersey, we are continuing to urge all people to practice social distancing through practicing the following:

  • Stay at home
  • Avoid all non-essential travel, public events, community gatherings, and indoor venues.
  • Keep at least six feet between yourself and another person in all public places
  • Avoid close contact, including handshakes and hugging
  • Avoid in-person meetings and gatherings

Those with underlying health conditions, pregnant women and the elderly are strongly encouraged to stay at home.  Everyone and every organization has to do their part to help slow the spread of this virus.

 For more information on coronavirus (SARS-2) and COVID-19:

 For questions about coronavirus, the New Jersey Department of Health has a COVID-19 Hotline, 24/7, at 1-800-222-1222. The Princeton Health Department can be reached at (609)497-7608 for additional information.

All press contact should be directed to Fred Williams, by e-mail, fwilliams@princetonnj.gov

 

Info from the Princeton Health Dept., updated at 5:30 p.m., March 26

Confirmed positive cases: 16
Active positive cases: 15
Negative test results: 22
Persons under investigation (symptomatic): 2
Persons under investigation (asymptomatic): 3
Persons under investigation (tested): 1
Persons under investigation (isolation complete): 19
Positive case demographics: men, 11; women, 5;
There are several cases at Princeton University. Only the cases of University staff members who are Princeton residents are included in the town’s numbers.
As the rate of coronavirus infection increases, our response and our recommendations will continue to evolve. We all must presume there is some possibility for exposure in ANY community situation, and protect ourselves accordingly. As access to testing expands though multiple testing facilities (the NJDOH, local hospitals, special test sites site up by the Federal government), this will limit our ability to offer precise case counts. While our ability to keep a precise tally will be impossible, it will also be less important. Instead, we will continue to investigate and highlight the most critical exposures and disease events that happen in our community, allowing us to offer specific information on where individuals may have been exposed, and what actions they can take to take care of themselves, and protect others they may come in contact with.

 

March 27, 1 p.m., Press Release by Princeton Health Department Regarding Atrium at Princeton

There have been several inquiries to us here at the Municipality of Princeton regarding two COVID-19 related fatalities at the Atrium of Princeton located at 100 Windrows Way in “Princeton, NJ” The Atrium’s mailing address is Princeton, however it is physically located in Plainsboro, NJ in Middlesex County. We ask that any further inquiries be directed to the Middlesex County Health Department. There are seven municipalities in four different NJ counties that use a Princeton mailing address, which can be confusing.

For questions about coronavirus, the New Jersey Department of Health has a COVID-19 Hotline, 24/7, at 1-800-222- 1222. The Princeton Health Department can be reached at (609)497-7608 for additional information.

March 26 Memo from the Princeton Health Department

Our Health Office received notification of Princeton’s 15th and 16th positive test result today. One is a graduate student at Princeton University and the other is a male in his 40s. The department is working on contact tracing and is ensuring the individuals are self-isolating. 

March 24 Memo from the Princeton Health Department

Our office received notification of a 10th case this morning.  The case is a Princeton University student who is currently isolated on campus.  We have instructed the university that the student is isolated by the order of the local health officer and are requesting contact tracing to identify the potential for widespread exposure on campus.

Princeton Community Housing has issued directives to limit all non-essential visitors.  They are also employing all guidance based upon CDC recommendations for senior living sites:  https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/retirement/guidance-retirement-response.html   

March 20 update from the Princeton Health Department

Princeton Health Department has been notified of a sixth and seventh positive test results for novel coronavirus, the virus that causes COVID-19. The first individual had recently returned from a trip to Spain. This individual was isolated upon returning to the United States, and during isolation developed symptoms and was subsequently tested. There are no known exposures to this individual except household contacts who have been using appropriate personal protective equipment and procedures. Those household contacts will now be isolated for 14 days. The second individual is a close contact of an attendee of the February 29th house party. The infected individual had been advised of the exposure and was self-isolating in advance of developing symptoms. The infected individuals will be released from isolation, as appropriate, following NJ Department of Health Guidelines.

About the confirmed cases in Princeton
  • Princeton University through March 9
  • Staten Island dance festival on March 7
  • Meeting at the Princeton Medical Center on March 9
  • Stuart Country Day School –March 4- 9
  • Rutgers University – March 5-9
  • University of Delaware – March 6

The Princeton Health Department has contacted representatives from these locations to further identify any possible exposure.

Local employees and non-resident cases in Princeton

Princeton University cases

March 19 press release from the Princeton Health Department.

Positive Case of COVID-19 Identified in Princeton School District Employee

The Princeton Health Department (PHD) announces a confirmed case of coronavirus from an employee of Riverside Elementary School. The employee is not a resident of Princeton. The employee is currently under medical supervision. PHD is in the process of identifying and contacting all those who may have come in contact with the infected person. Close contacts will be quarantined for 14 days from their exposure and will be monitored for fever and respiratory symptoms. We should presume that the virus is occurring in our community. All people in Princeton should monitor their own health as outlined below. While this does not document community spread (transmission from person to person in the community with no known source) it emphasizes that exposure is occurring in our community.

Information for Parents
1) My child had direct contact with a teacher/staff member who has confirmed coronavirus disease (COVID-19). What should I do?
a. Close contacts of any person with documented COVID-19 should self-quarantine for 14 days after that exposure. During that period of time, the child should be monitored for development of the cardinal signs and symptoms of COVID-19 – cough, fever, and shortness of breath. If those signs and symptoms develop, a health care provider should be contacted for further guidance.
b. As difficult as it will be, that child should be separated as much as possible from other members of the household, including other children, especially if signs and symptoms develop.
c. While other family members are not required to self-quarantine, we are recommending that all Princetonians limit their social contacts at this time, and thus this guidance would apply to other family members as well.
2) My child was in a school which has a teacher/staff member who has confirmed coronavirus disease (COVID-19) but had no direct contact with that teacher/staff member. What should I do?
a. If the child DID NOT have prolonged contact (10 minutes or more in direct proximity, and no direct contact), then the child is not required to be quarantined.
b. Nonetheless, all families have been urged to minimize social contacts across families – play dates, parties, etc. – and this would clearly apply to any child who attends the school – or any school, for that matter.