New Jersey’s Elected Leaders Will Not Fail the Public on Coronavirus

Together, a bipartisan coalition of officials and experts are protecting the citizens of New Jersey through years of preparedness work.

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New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy holds conference calls on coronavirus updates with the department of health, school leaders, business community, and local and county officials on March 3, 2020 (Edwin J. Torres for Governor’s Office).

The primary responsibility of any government is keeping its citizens safe.

As such, the Coronavirus has resulted in comprehensive, bipartisan cooperation between the U.S. government, state and local agencies, and even private sector companies and organizations.

The people tasked with safe-guarding public health, Democrats and Republicans at every level, have risen to the challenge of this latest outbreak.

Scientific experts have been warning about potential global pandemic outbreaks for decades; U.S. public health agencies are ready. No one in the U.S. needs to panic about the Coronavirus.

“The public-health system has a playbook to follow for pandemic preparation- regardless of who’s president or whether specific instructions are coming from the White House. Those plans were put into place in anticipation of another flu pandemic, but are designed to work for any respiratory-borne disease.” — Associated Press. February 26, 2020.

When news of the Coronavirus broke in December, the Trump administration wasted no time in deploying the preparedness strategies and tactics long established by the U.S. scientific experts who deal with infectious diseases.

In addition to the measures and plans already in place, President Trump moved immediately to create a Coronavirus Task Force. This collection of top public health officials from both the public and private sector immediately started to prove the efficacy of such a coalition:

Cases in the U.S. remain minimal.

Though there has been only one case of coronavirus confirmed in New Jersey, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy isn’t taking the threat lightly.

“We take this situation very seriously and have been preparing for this for weeks. I urge residents to remain calm and use resources from the New Jersey Department of Public Heath and Centers for Disease Control to prepare for and prevent the spread of infection.” — N.J. Governor Phil Murphy

The patient being treated in New Jersey for Coronavirus has been hospitalized and his condition is reportedly stable.

The Trump administration’s preemptive steps to restrict travel from certain areas of China known to be under particular threat of Coronavirus no doubt proved critical in the early days. The U.S. would likely be facing far more cases of Coronavirus than the dozen or so odd cases currently reported in the U.S. were it not for the quick and decisive action of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

As person to person transmission seems likely, the response has been extensive and aggressive. Measures have included quarantines, screenings, and establishing a chain of transmission to track all cases of the virus.

Spearheaded by HHS Secretary Alex Azar, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has organized efforts to contain the virus, both in the U.S. and around the world.

Scientific cooperation from within the international community will be essential to containing this outbreak in our increasingly globalized society. When a virus like coronavirus threatens the citizens of one country, it threatens all of us.

Joining the HHS in its efforts to stop the spread of the Coronavirus are the U.S. State Department, the Centers for Disease Control, the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Homeland Security and even the Department of Transportation.

These organizations and agencies have been working night and day since the outbreak began to keep the risk low on all fronts for those living in the U.S.

It is clear from their organized and methodical approach that state and local health departments are working closely with federal agencies to follow the playbook for infectious disease response.

(contributing writer, Brooke Bell)

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