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Township of Hanover News

Posted on: September 14, 2020

2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information & Updates

Township of Hanover

Number of COVID-19 Cases (As of September 11, 2020)

The total number of cumulative COVID-19 positive cases are as follows:

New Jersey: 196,634

Morris County: 7,628

Hanover Township: 209

Indoor Gathering Capacity Limits

  • On August 3, 2020, Governor Phil Murphy announced the decrease of indoor gathering capacity limit in response to the increase of COVID-19 cases in New Jersey. Indoor gatherings are now limited to 25 percent of a room’s capacity, but regardless of the room’s capacity, the maximum limit shall be 25 persons, down from 100 persons. For purposes of determining this limit, any private residence or residential unit shall be treated as a single room. However, today’s change will not be applicable to the following events: weddings, funerals, memorial services, religious services or celebrations, and political activities. These events may continue under the previous rules that limited these events to 25 percent of a room’s capacity, but with a limit of 100 persons.

Travel Advisories (Interstate & International)

On September 8, 2020, Governor Phil Murphy advised individuals traveling to New Jersey from states or territories with significant community spread of COVID-19 to quarantine for a 14-day period from the time of the last contact within the identified state or territory. The updated advisory includes four additional states — Delaware, Maryland, Ohio, and West Virginia — with Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands removed from the list, bringing the total to 35 states and territories. The travel advisory applies to any person arriving from a state or territory with a positive test rate higher than 10 per 100,000 residents or a state with a 10 percent or higher positivity rate over a 7-day rolling average. Travelers and residents returning from impacted states should self-quarantine at their home or other temporary lodging and only allowed leave the place of self-quarantine to seek medical care/treatment or to obtain food and other essential items while wearing a mask at all times.

As of Tuesday, September 8, there are currently 35 states and territories that meet the criteria stated above: Alabama; Alaska; Arkansas; California; Delaware; Florida; Georgia; Guam; Hawaii; Iowa; Idaho; Indiana; Illinois; Kansas; Kentucky; Louisiana; Maryland; Minnesota; Missouri; Mississippi; Montana; North Carolina; North Dakota; Nebraska; Nevada; Ohio; Oklahoma; South Carolina; South Dakota; Tennessee; Texas; Utah; Virginia; Wisconsin; and West Virginia.

As for international travelers, CDC recommends avoiding all non-essential international travel due to the global COVID-19 pandemic. If you travel internationally in the last 14 days, the CDC recommends you stay home, monitor your health, and practice social distancing for 14 days after you return from travel. If a returning from a country on the travel advisory, please call your healthcare provider or emergency room before visiting if possible. Wear a mask when visiting your healthcare provider or emergency room.

Please check the links below for further information about traveling:

County Testing

There are testing availability at various locations throughout the county including pharmacies. Test site locations for residents can be found on the County and State COVID-19 websites:

COVID-19 Signs/Symptoms 

Persons with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported. These symptoms can range from mild to severe illness. These symptoms may appear 2 to 14 days after being in contact with a positive case. Symptoms may include:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

For further information on signs and symptoms, please visit the CDC’s website.

COVID-19 Prevention 

Key Recommendations Resident 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:

  • Wear a cloth face covering when in public (both indoors and outdoors).
  • Practice social distancing (keep a 6 feet space between you and others).
  • Follow good respiratory hygiene recommendations.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or sleeve, not your hands.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water. Use alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
  • Stay home if you are sick and avoid sick people.

Important Notice to Residents Regarding Contact Tracing Calls

Contact tracers will not ask for social security numbers, bank or credit card information, health insurance information, immigration status, or criminal history. They are following up about potential exposure to COVID-19 cases, to determine if a person has symptoms and needs to self-isolate. Report any calls from persons identifying themselves as contact tracers and requesting such information to the Hanover Township Police Department at (973) 428-2512.

COVID-19 Resources


Telephone Help Lines:

  • For health-related and clinical issues, such as when to seek medical attention and proper steps to take if exposed, call 1-800-962-1253.
  • For information about how to stay safe, financial assistance, unemployment, donations, food, and other non-medical needs: 211
  • Residents who observe Executive Order violations and wish to report them should complete the online form on the State’s website. Please note that the COVID19 hotlines do not take complaints about violations.

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