Did You Protest In Princeton? Take A Coronavirus Test, Town Says

Alexis Tarrazi

PRINCETON, NJ — Were you one of the hundreds of protesters who attended the peaceful George Floyd rally in Princeton? Your next move should be to get a coronavirus test, Princeton's Health Officer says.

"The large turnout in Princeton for [Tuesday's] protest demonstrated the overwhelming support of the Princeton community for an end to police violence and systemic racism. The Municipality stands in solidarity with the protesters. However, despite the best efforts of the organizers, it was not always possible to practice social distancing," Health Officer Jeffrey Grosser said.

The Coalition for Peace Action's peaceful protest was held on Tuesday night in Princeton on Nassau Street and Witherspoon Street. Read More: Peaceful Protest Planned In Princeton Tuesday

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Protesters who attended and were unable to maintain social distance are being asked to limit contact with other people for 14 days. Attendees are also urged to get tested if they are experiencing the following symptoms: fever, cough, shortness of breath, and other symptoms,including chills, shivering, muscle pain, headaches, sore throat and new loss of taste or smell.

"COVID-19 continues to circulate in our community, and our region is still working on overcoming the odds of the COVID-19 pandemic," Grosser said. "There is also a potential for COVID-19 infected individuals to demonstrate no symptoms at all, which is why it is extremely important to limit contact with others for 14 days, or the length of incubation for this disease."

Protesters who live or work with someone who is over 60 years old and/or suffering from a preexisting health condition are also urged to wear a mask at all times when in close proximity to that person. And to not share utensils and routinely disinfect high traffic household areas such as kitchens and bathrooms with CDC approved disinfectants (70 percent or higher active ingredient germicide).

The protest on Tuesday was held following the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Floyd, 46, was killed after then Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin kneeled on his neck for nearly nine minutes. Video, which captured Floyd saying "I can't breathe," went viral, and sparked the nationwide protests. Read More: All 4 Minneapolis Officers Charged As Protests Continue

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This article originally appeared on the Princeton Patch