March 3, 2020
While we never expect worst case scenarios, it is nonetheless our practice to prepare for them. The Township continues to monitor the evolving novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreaks. I want to stress that, at this time, there are no cases of the virus in New Jersey. That said, in our continuing efforts to stay ahead of the curve, last evening I met with police, fire and first aid squads to coordinate protocol and response should a coronavirus outbreak appear in our community. I have instructed OEM Coordinator Peter J. Pezzullo to prepare a detailed pandemic response plan. Throughout our preparation, we continue to work in conjunction with State and County Offices of Emergency Management.
In accordance with Center for Disease Control (CDC) protocols, the following should be adhered to in order to minimize the risk of getting sick:
Reduce the risk of contracting viruses:
• Avoid close contact with individuals who are at risk.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
• Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol, if soap and water are not available.
Control the spread of respiratory illness to others:
• Stay at home when you are sick.
• Cover you cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
• Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
• Visit the Center for Disease Control website at https://www.cdc.gov
• Visit the State Department of Health website at https://www.nj.gov/health/
• Contact the Coronavirus hotline at 800-222-1222
In order stay informed, I urge you to register to receive regular communications from the Township. If you have not yet done so, we ask that you visit the town website at www.marlboro-nj.gov and sign up for emails, SWIFT 911 police calls for home and cell, and follow us on social media.
At this time, the CDC has not recommended that Township programs be cancelled, and, as such athletic activities and meetings will continue to be held as scheduled. Of course, if you are sick, you should stay home except to receive medical treatment if necessary. Changes to program schedules will be communicated via email, social media and SWIFT 911.
We will continue to monitor this situation and our preparedness efforts. I will provide additional information as updates become available.
Mayor Jon Hornik