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Posted on: March 9, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Information For Hanover Township Residents On Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

Township of Hanover

Originally posted on February 28, 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: 

  • Follow good respiratory hygiene recommendations;
  • Covering coughs and sneezes with a tissue or sleeve and not your hands;
  • Wash your hands thoroughly and frequently for at least 20 seconds with soap and water.  Use alcohol-based (60%-95% alcohol) hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available;
  • As with any seasonal respiratory illness, routine cleaning is effective.  Routine cleaning products such as bleach should be used;
  • Stay at home if you are sick and avoid sick people; 
  • Review and follow CDC travel advisories when planning to travel; and
  • There is little need for the general public to wear face masks in the US currently, as the threat level is low.  However, for people who come in close contact with an infected person, a mask may be helpful if used properly.  Face masks are not 100% effective as the virus can enter through the sides of the mask or enter the body through the eyes.  

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:

Update on March 7, 2020:

The following notice was distributed to all Hanover Township Public School students, parents, and staff on March 6, 2020:

Update on March 9, 2020:

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:

  • Stay home if you are sick.
  • Limit close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Avoid handshakes. Try an elbow bump.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. If you do not have a tissue, use your sleeve (not your hands).
  • Get a flu shot to prevent the flu if you have not done so this season.

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.

Update on March 10, 2020:

On March 9, 2020, Governer Murphy declared a State of Emergency in response to the Coronavirus outbreak.

Update on March 12, 2020:

The following notice was distributed to all Hanover Park Regional High School students, parents, and staff on March 12, 2020:

Updates on March 13, 2020:

Update on March 16, 2020:

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.

Updates on March 17, 2020:

Update on March 18, 2020:

Updates on March 19, 2020:

Updates on March 20, 2020:

  • The following informational flyer has been shared by the Hanover Township Health Department:
  • Here is some helpful information from Atlantic Health System, Morristown Medical Center, about COVID-19. 
    • Topics include: symptoms, steps to take if you think you have COVID-19,  what to do to keep you and your family safe, etc.
  • State Updates:
    • New Jersey Announces New Partnerships with Private Sector to Increase COVID-19 Testing: Today, the Governor announced new partnerships with the private sector that have begun to increase the availability of COVID-19 testing in New Jersey. Testing for COVID-19 is now being performed in the state by both LabCorp and BioReference Laboratories, enhancing access to testing for state residents. In addition, the state’s Public Health and Environmental Laboratories will soon be able to process over 1,000 tests a day and is developing specimen collection kits in order to relieve shortages of critical kit components.
    • Regional Coalition Requests a Direct Cash Assistance Program of At Least $100 Billion in Response to Financial Impact of COVID-19: As part of a coordinated regional effort to combat COVID-19, the Governors of New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania today urged the federal government to consider a fiscal stimulus in the form of a direct cash assistance program to provide an immediate financial infusion to all four states to help cover costs related to COVID-19 response operations.
    • Governor Announces Waiver of Fees for COVID-19 Testing Services For Uninsured: To ensure that individuals who are uninsured have access to testing for COVID-19, the Murphy Administration today required hospitals and Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) to waive patient fees for testing and related diagnostic services for those who lack health insurance. New Jersey Health Commissioner Judith Persichilli said hospitals will be able to submit claims for reimbursement to the charity care program, which provides subsidies to hospitals for care they provide to the uninsured. The FQHCs will be able to submit claims to the Uncompensated Care Fund.
  • Federal Updates:
    • Administration Announces Measures for Student Debt Relief: The Administration announced this morning that for the next two months, the U.S. Department of Education will allow borrowers to suspend federal student loan payments, and federal student loan interest will be waived. Exact details are expected soon.
  • Your Local Representative, Mikie Sherrill:
    • Rep. Sherrill announced a Coronavirus Telephone Town Hall for Monday, March 23rd, at 8:15 p.m. Rep. Sherrill will be joined by medical providers and public officials, and she will give an update on what Congress is doing to address coronavirus in New Jersey. Constituents can join the call by dialing (855) 731-4613 at 8:15 p.m. on Monday night.

Updates on March 21, 2020:

Update on March 22, 2020:

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.

Update on March 25, 2020:

   The Township of Hanover has received several inquiries concerning the relocation of nursing home patients from the Saint Joseph’s Nursing facility in Woodbridge to the CareOne facility located at 101 Whippany Road.
     The  Township was neither consulted or received a courtesy phone call from the State of New Jersey to advise us of the transfer. We were not involved in the decision-making process to relocate the patients. The decision was between CareOne and the NJ Department of Health in view of the serious condition of patients at the Saint Joseph’s facility
    In point of fact, the Emergency Order
set forth below, was not received by the Township until Tuesday evening, March 24th, well after CareOne was relocating its own patients to other CareOne facilities.
     The Township understands that the NJ Department of Health has oversight jurisdiction in making certain that the patients receive the proper care and will be monitoring what takes place at the CareOne facility. The Township is a caring and compassionate community, and we too, understand the plight of these elderly patients as they battle a deadly disease. Our thought and prayers are with them.
     Finally, the Township has protocols in place to make sure its police, firefighters and EMS first responders take whatever steps are necessary to ensure their safety and the public-at-large. The Township wishes to calm any fears and assure you that our health and public safety professionals are well-trained and prepared to protect the health, safety, and welfare of our residents during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Update on March 27, 2020:

Updates on March 28, 2020:

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