Coronavirus Information Update
Posted: March 19, 2020
Thanks to everyone for your continued patience during this ongoing health emergency. The following is a summary of the most recent information/actions related to the COVID-19 outbreak.
As of today, there are 742 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in New Jersey, 26 of which are in Morris County. This includes a 6th confirmed case in Randolph—an individual in the age range of 26-71 who is not hospitalized. All individuals considered to be close contacts of the confirmed cases are in the process of being reached and asked to self-quarantine for 14 days. Of the six cases in Randolph to date, three are related and the others are unrelated.
We acknowledge that residents are concerned about contact with those who have tested positive, however, pursuant to state and federal law, we are prohibited from releasing the identity or any identifying details associated with these individuals.
Effective tonight at 8:00 p.m., Governor Murphy ordered the closure of all personal-care businesses and social clubs which cannot comply with social distancing guidelines until further notice. These include barber shops, hair salons, spas, nail and eyelash salons and tattoo parlors.
For more information on the governor’s order, visit the governor’s office website.
SOCIAL DISTANCING - IT’S IMPORTANT
Please be reminded of the importance of social distancing. The township continues to receive messages from concerned residents about ongoing gatherings among both kids and adults. Getting together with neighbors and having kids gather in home environments contradicts the social distancing efforts we are making as a township (school and municipal facilities closures; park restrictions; and event, program and activity suspensions). These actions not only put those engaged in such gatherings at risk, it puts the entire community at risk. In order to accomplish the strategic objective to flatten the curve and lessen the strain that can be placed on our medical community, we need everyone’s cooperation. Please consider your neighbors who work on the front lines—the health professionals and first responders—and do your part by staying home; when it is necessary to go out, maintain a safe distance of six feet or more from others around you.