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COVID-19 Response and Resources

UPDATED! COVID-19 Vaccine Locations 

COVID-19 remains a threat, particularly at indoor gatherings with unvaccinated individuals. Local health care providers urge everyone who is not fully vaccinated to wear a mask indoors.

Please follow the safety tips from the CDC and the NJ Department of Health to protect yourself and avoid putting your loved ones at risk.

Trenton Health Team is helping local healthcare providers and community organizations respond to COVID-19. As the situation unfolds, THT and our community partners are sharing information regarding public health efforts and available social services.

Click on the headings below for detailed information.

SAFETY TIPS FOR VACCINATED INDIVIDUALS

  • You can resume many activities that you did prior to the pandemic. You can resume activities without wearing a mask or staying 6 feet apart, except where required by law, a business, or a workplace.
  • If you’ve been around someone who has COVID-19, you do not need to stay away from others or get tested unless you have symptoms. Note: There are exceptions for those living in high-risk congregate settings like nursing homes and homeless shelters.
  • If you are visiting New Jersey or returning home after travel, you do not need to get tested before or after travel or self-quarantine.
  • Make hand sanitizer available for guests.
  • Remind guests to wash their hands before serving or eating food.
  • Use single-use hand towels or paper towels for drying hands so guests do not share a towel.
  • Clean and disinfect commonly touched surfaces and any shared items between use when feasible.

Source: NJ Department of Health

SAFETY TIPS FOR UNVACCINATED INDIVIDUALS

  • Wear a mask, wash your hands, practice social distancing, and stay home if you are sick.
  • Indoor gatherings are particularly dangerous places for the virus to spread. Host outdoor activities rather than indoor activities as much as possible.
  • If you do host indoors, increase ventilation by opening windows and doors or by placing central air and heating on continuous circulation.
  • The smaller the gathering is, the less likely it is that someone is infected and put loved ones at risk.
  • Require guests to wear masks when not eating, whether indoors or outdoors.
  • Plan ahead and ask guests to avoid contact with people outside of their households for 14 days before the gathering.
  • Delay travel until you are fully vaccinated based on CDC guidance. For more information, refer to the CDC’s guidance for domestic travel.
  • Guests should avoid direct contact, including handshakes and hugs, with others outside their household.
  • Make hand sanitizer available for guests.
  • Gatherings that last longer pose more risk than shorter gatherings.
  • Remind guests to wash their hands before serving or eating food.
  • Use single-use hand towels or paper towels for drying hands so guests do not share a towel.
  • Clean and disinfect commonly touched surfaces and any shared items between use when feasible.
  • Consider keeping a list of guests who attended for potential future contract tracing needs. If you are called by a contact tracer, it’s critical that you answer the call to protect us all. Your help is the key to stopping the spread of COVID-19 and saving lives.

Source: NJ Department of Health

COVID-19 / CORONAVIRUS TESTING

CLICK HERE FOR COVID-19 TEST LOCATIONS

**Availability of tests may be affected by rising infection rates in Trenton. 

Mercer County offers free at-home COVID-19 testing using a saliva collection test.  The test is designed to determine if you currently are infected with COVID-19 and have the potential to infect others. Learn more here

Henry J. Austin Health Center provides COVID-19 testing by appointment only for walk-up or drive-up at 321 N. Warren St. To make an appointment, call 609-278-5900. HJAHC Telehealth Info  en español

EMERGENCY/FREE FOOD DISTRIBUTION

Use the  Trenton Area Free Food Resource online interactive directory/map to find summer meals sites, food pantries, and meal distribution sites. Directory and map provide address, phone number, distribution times and requirements. List compiled and updated by THT.

Summer Meals/Free Food Resource online directory and interactive map

 Printable Summer Meals/Free Food Resources List

A partir del lunes 6 de Julio, 2020 El Programa de Comidas de Verano está repartiendo comidas gratis a cualquier joven de Trenton menor de 18 años en diferentes lugares:  Para encontrar dónde, haga click aquí. 

Check eligibility for food assistance, cash assistance, and health insurance at NJHelps

THT hosts weekly LIVE discussions on Facebook with health experts and healthcare providers addressing community questions regarding COVID-19 and the pandemic’s effect on mental health, food insecurity, education and more.

August

Back to School in a Pandemic (August 4)

CORONAVIRUS/COMMUNITY HEALTH VIDEOS

View THT Community Health Video Library in English and en español regarding COVID-19 and other community health topics, including housing insecurity, back-to-school, COVID-19 testing, mental/behavioral health and contact tracing.

MASKS

In New Jersey, individuals must use a face covering when shopping at essential retail businesses, entering a restaurant or bar to pick up takeout orders, and when traveling on trains, buses, light rail, or paratransit vehicles.

HELPFUL WEBSITES

COVID-19 INFO BY PHONE

Trenton Public Schools Parent Connect website
Find what you need to help keep students on track and in school. Parent Connect helps moms, dads, and guardians be full partners in their children’s education. Parent Connect also is a way for families to find school and community resources. It’s a source of useful tips and guides.

Call: 2-1-1 information or 1-800-962-1253

Text: NJCOVID to 898-211 for updates

Text: Your zip code to 898-211 for live text assistance

Mental Health Telephone Support During COVID-19 1-866-202-HELP (4357)

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COVID-19 in Our Community

The table below reflects common questions about COVID-19 and provides resources for finding answers. While state and county health information is readily available, assessing the impact of COVID-19 on Trenton–or any specific community–remains challenging due to the lack of timely reported local data. View the latest update chart at outbreak.info »

In determining the best source for each question, THT considered three criteria: Is data for Trenton and Mercer County available? How well does each source document where they get the data for the measure? How well does each source clearly document their methodology for calculating the measure? THT then selected the source best addressing all three criteria to provide the most reliable answer.

QuestionTarget OutcomeBest Source: Mercer CountyBest Source: Trenton
What is the recent trend of new COVID-19 cases?Declining or stable 7-day rolling averageOutbreak.info: 7-day average trends for Mercer County, benchmarked side-by-side against New Jersey [1]Mercer County COVID Dashboard: daily counts of new infections, but no 7-day average or graphical display
How rapidly is the virus spreading?Rate of Transmission (Rt) < 1.0 COVID Act Now: Can also be benchmarked against New Jersey resultsNot available
7-day average of new cases per 100K people < 10 (ideally, < 1)COVID Act Now: Can also be benchmarked against New Jersey resultsNot available
Is testing adequate?% of tests positive over last 7 days < 3%NJ COVID-19 Dashboard: Daily Percent Positivity Reported by All Laboratories; only Central Jersey 6-county region data availableNot available
What is the recent trend of hospitalizations?Declining or stable trendNJ COVID-19 Dashboard, Hospital Census tabtab; only Central Jersey six county region data availableNot available
Do we have enough ICU capacity in the event of a surge?% ICU utilizationCOVID Act Now: Can also be benchmarked against New Jersey results [2]Not available
Key: ✅ = Fully available, = Partially available, ❌ = Not available at this time
[1] Data listed for Trenton on the outbreak.info is actually for the Trenton-Princeton Metropolitan Statistical Area, which is actually Mercer County
[2] Note from Covid Act Now site: “County data is currently in beta. Because counties don’t report hospitalizations, our forecasts may not be as accurate.”