Message from the Mayor
Posted: March 24, 2020
Dear Randolph Residents,
A lot of challenges have been thrown our way as our lives continue to be disrupted due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In Randolph we now have 15 residents who have tested positive for the virus and that number is likely to increase over the coming days and weeks. Individuals who have had direct contact with anyone who has a positive test result will be contacted.
At this time, there have been no confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported for any students or staff from Randolph schools.
Many residents have asked me what they can do to help during this time. Here are some recommendations:
- Stay home—only go out when absolutely necessary—for your job if you are required to be there in person, to buy groceries, food or medicine, to seek medical care, to get fresh air and exercise. Please minimize the amount of time you are out in public and around others.
- Practice social distancing—when you do go out, please avoid close contact with others. It is recommended that we stay 6 feet away from each other.
- Wash your hands frequently to minimize the spread of the virus.
- Stay informed—get accurate and correct information from reputable sources.
- Updates from Randolph Township
- The CDC’s COVID-19 website
- N.J. Department of Health COVID-19 website
- NJ COVID-19 Information Public Call Center for questions you may have: 1-800-222-1222.
- Donate protective equipment—local hospitals are looking for protective equipment such as eye protectors, face shields, disposable gloves, surgical and isolation gowns, shoe covers, hand sanitizer, thermometers, testing swabs, and alcohol wipes.
The Randolph Rescue Squad (RRS) has placed bins outside of their headquarters at 780 Route 100 West as well as at the Randolph municipal building at 502 Millbrook Avenue in order to collect needed items for St. Clare’s Hospital in Dover and Denville, and Morristown Medical Center. Needed items include N95 masks, eye protection, sterile gowns, disposable gowns, surgical gloves, nitrile gloves, regular masks, and slip resistant shoes. Bins will be accessible 24/7, with RRS volunteers collecting items daily.
Atlantic Health Systems is accepting donations of protective equipment for their hospitals at 200 American Way, Morris Plains, Monday - Friday from 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. and at 435 South Street, Morristown from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
- Donate Blood—medical groups and healthcare workers across the New Jersey are facing a shortage of blood donations. If you would like to donate blood, please visit the Red Cross website for information about how and where.
- Be patient—this is a trying time for all of us.
- The 16 miles of Randolph Township trails remain open for fresh air and exercise, but please practice social distancing and don’t congregate in the parks. Other park facilities such as athletic fields, basketball courts, and playgrounds are closed.
- Dozens of our favorite Randolph restaurants remain open for takeout and delivery. Let’s support them during this time.
- Residents can borrow eBooks from the library by downloading them from Cloud Library. Please visit the library website or call the library at 973.895.3556 for more information.
We will all get through this together.
Mayor Christine Carey
March 24, 2020