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An update from the Township’s Health Officer, Dr. Carlos Perez:
"Number of Cases in Hanover Township
As of yesterday, the total number of cumulative COVID-19 positive cases in the Township since the pandemic began stands at 198. Of these, only 1 case is presently under investigation. The remaining 197 cases have been investigated and handled. The number of cases in the Township has stabilized with no major increases. We have no outbreaks at present at any of our long term care facilities. Residents and staff at long term care facilities in the Township are tested bi-weekly for COVID-19 as per NJDOH requirements and must report cases or any issues to my office.
Number of Cases in Morris
As of yesterday, the total number of cumulative COVID-19 positive cases in Morris County since the pandemic began is 7,037.
The County Testing Site at County College of Morris closed last month due to decreased demand and testing availability at various locations throughout the County including pharmacies. Test site locations can be found on the County’s COVID-19 website.
A total of 8,480 persons were tested at the County Testing Site during its operation. Unlike several NJ counties, Morris County did not receive CARES funding to fund testing and other operations. The County Administration continues concerted efforts to obtain funding which is critical to our COVID-19 emergency response efforts.
Case Investigations & Monitoring of Out of State Travelers
Our Township Health Department Nursing staff has handled and continues to handle all case investigations. The County will provide additional investigators if the Township Public Health Nurse Supervisor requires assistance. Case investigations are critical to reducing the spread of COVID-19.
The Governor’s advisory requests persons returning from or visiting such states voluntarily quarantine for 14 days. An updated list of travel advisory states is maintained on the NJ COVID-19 website.
Our Township Health Department Inspectors have assisted regulated businesses (food establishments, youth camps, and recreational bathing facilities) with guidance on reopening. Chief Roddy has been very helpful to our Township Health Department staff and me regarding the interpretations of Executive Orders. I want to recognize Chief Roddy’s invaluable assistance.
The Public Health Nurse Supervisor and I have been in contact with Superintendent Michael Wasko and other school officials regarding any reopening plans. Schools must follow reopening guidelines issued by the NJ Department of Education. Local public health departments are not authorized to grant or deny approvals for school reopenings (the Governor and NJ Department of Education have such authority).
Key Recommendations Residents Should Continue to Follow
We want to continue to emphasize that COVID-19 is preventable if we all play our part by following these simple steps:
1. Wear a cloth face covering when in public (both indoors and outdoors).
2. Practice social distancing (keep a 6 feet space between you and others).
3. Follow good respiratory hygiene recommendations.
4. Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or sleeve, not your hands.
5. Wash your hands often with soap and water. Use alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
6. Stay home if you are sick and avoid sick people.
7. Review and follow CDC travel advisories when planning travel. If you become ill after returning home to the United States, call your healthcare provider before going to a doctor’s office or emergency department of a hospital. Wear a face-covering/mask on entering the building to protect other people.
8. Stay up to date about COVID-19. If you have COVID-19 questions call 211, 1-800-826-1253, or visit the Township COVID-19 website."
Please see the attached report from the New Jersey Hospital Association (PDF). The report which is dated 6/22 indicates that the total number of COVID-19 cases in New Jersey now stands at 169,415 after 359 more individuals were confirmed to have the virus in the last 24 hours. There is now a reported total of 12,895 COVID-19 fatalities, 27 more than yesterday. As of 10 p.m. yesterday, 1,029 residents are hospitalized, with 287 of these individuals requiring intensive care and 213 on ventilators. An additional 70 residents have been discharged, compared with 46 new hospitalizations in the past 24 hours. Test results returned from June 17 have a positivity rate of 2.42 percent. The current rate of transmission is 0.76. There is one new case of Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in children being reported since Friday. The total cases are now at 44, with no deaths reported. Please refer to the report for additional data.
COVID-19: Drive-Thru Testing Center at CCM to Close on June 26
As a result of recent Executive Orders signed by Governor Murphy, we would like to provide you with a summation of the COVID-19 regulations which remain in place and those that have been relaxed. In addition, the Governor has also announced that outdoor, in-person graduations will be permitted beginning July 6, 2020. Read the summary - Covid-19 regulations as of 5/29/20 (PDF).
The Township’s Health Officer, Dr. Carlos Perez has advised the Township that the number of COVID-19 cases accounts for persons in long term care facilities and has remained between 150-170 cumulative cases since the start of the pandemic. The Township is not a hotspot in terms of the number of cases at present. Case counts may increase and decrease based on various factors including incorrect addresses. All cases are being tracked by the Health Department and Dr. Perez has not noted any anomalies or issues which are indicative of outbreaks or hotspots. Any areas where cases may be greater is merely due to population density. Contact tracing, which has been underway since the start, has revealed no indication of cases being the result of increased transmission from person to person in the Township which reveals that isolation and quarantine measures implemented by the Health Department have been effective.
NJ Human Services will be hosting a live stream discussion on their Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/NJDHS/) for those struggling with basic needs, including food and health insurance, as a result of the COVID-19 crisis this Wednesday, May 13th at 7 p.m.
The Morris County Municipal Utilities Authority (MCMUA) sent a notice in regards to recycling PPE (personal protective equipment): Items such as gloves, wipes, masks, and tissues, which are being widely used by all Morris County residents due to the COVID-19 pandemic, should not be placed into curbside recycling containers. They are contaminants and must be put into the trash. MCMUA employees will not be picking up any bins that contain these items. Read more
The President has released "Guidelines for Opening Up America Again" to be followed by state and local authorities.
Information for workers:
SCAM ALERT: Please be advised that there are nationwide reports of scammers claiming to be from the CDC going door to door in an effort to either distract the resident and/or elicit sensitive information. Do not permit anyone access to your home nor provides them with any information. The CDC, nor any government agency, is conducting this type of activity. Immediately report any suspicious activity to the police department. Do not provide any sensitive information via telephone. Follow the Hanover Township Police Facebook page to stay up-to-date on scams being reported in the area.
In consideration of the significant threat of COVID-19, and out of an abundance of caution, the Municipal Building, Community Center, and Public Works Complex will be closed to all members of the public effective Tuesday morning, March 17th. You can read more about the Township’s operations during the building closures in the News Flash.
On March 16, 2020, Governor Murphy issued Executive Order No. 104 announcing aggressive social distancing measures to mitigate further spread of COVID-19 in New Jersey.
The following notice was distributed to all Hanover Park Regional High School students, parents, and staff on March 12, 2020:
On March 9, 2020, Governer Murphy declared a State of Emergency in response to the Coronavirus outbreak.
The Hanover Township Board of Health and Health Department, in conjunction with state and federal officials, continues to monitor the current COVID-19 outbreak.
While community spread has been observed in other parts of the country, the Township Board of Health advises residents that the risk of infection to the general public remains low. Current US Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) guidance indicates that the risk of exposure to the virus only remains high for healthcare workers caring for patients with COVID-19, close contacts of persons with COVID-19, and travelers returning from China, Italy, Iran, and South Korea.
Residents are reminded to take simple steps to protect themselves and others from respiratory illness:
As the COVID-19 outbreak evolves, the potential for misinformation exists. As such, the Township Board of Health urges residents to remain informed by visiting the Township Health Department, NJ Department of Health, and CDC COVID-19 websites:
For more information, residents can also contact the Township Health Department at (973) 428-2485 or the NJ COVID-19 Information Public Call Center at 1-800-222-1222.
The following notice was distributed to all Hanover Township Public School students, parents, and staff on March 6, 2020:
In partnership with the Morris County Department of Health which provides public health services to the Township of Hanover, the Township wishes to provide you with information concerning the Coronavirus, designated as COVID-19. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) considers COVID-19 to be a serious public health concern and continues to monitor the situation throughout the United States. In addition, the New Jersey Department of Health (NJDOH) is monitoring the situation closely and is proactively preparing guidance documents for public health and health care professionals to be able to effectively respond to any cases that may be identified in New Jersey.
As the COVID-19 outbreak is an emerging and rapidly evolving situation, providing clear, accurate, and reliable information to our residents is critical. In light of the daily emerging nature and progression of the outbreak, members of the public are urged to obtain the most up-to-date information on COVID-19 by visiting the following CDC and NJDOH COVID-19 websites below. Both websites are updated throughout the day, contain all required information, and provide some critical information in other languages. They are designed specifically by public health risk communication experts.
At this time, there is no COVID-19 vaccine to protect against this new virus and there are no specific medications. However, the risk of respiratory infection including current influenza can be prevented if individuals do the following:
The New Jersey Department of Health has prepared the following frequently asked questions (FAQ’s) to help you understand what the Coronavirus is:
The Morris County Public Health Emergency Preparedness staff has provided the following informational flyers for the public and employers: