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Township of Hanover News

Posted on: March 9, 2020

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

Township of Hanover

Updated Daily:

Update on May 18, 2020:

The Township’s Health Officer, Dr. Carlos Perez has advised the Township that the number of COVID-19 cases accounts for persons in long term care facilities and has remained between 150-170 cumulative cases since the start of the pandemic. The Township is not a hotspot in terms of the number of cases at present. Case counts may increase and decrease based on various factors including incorrect addresses. All cases are being tracked by the Health Department and Dr. Perez has not noted any anomalies or issues which are indicative of outbreaks or hotspots. Any areas where cases may be greater is merely due to population density. Contact tracing, which has been underway since the start, has revealed no indication of cases being the result of increased transmission from person to person in the Township which reveals that isolation and quarantine measures implemented by the Health Department have been effective.

Update on May 11, 2020:

NJ Human Services will be hosting a live stream discussion on their Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/NJDHS/) for those struggling with basic needs, including food and health insurance, as a result of the COVID-19 crisis this Wednesday, May 13th at 7 p.m.

Update on April 23, 2020:

The Morris County Municipal Utilities Authority (MCMUA) sent a notice in regards to recycling PPE (personal protective equipment): Items such as gloves, wipes, masks, and tissues, which are being widely used by all Morris County residents due to the COVID-19 pandemic, should not be placed into curbside recycling containers. They are contaminants and must be put into the trash. MCMUA employees will not be picking up any bins that contain these items. Read more

Update on April 16, 2020:

The President has released "Guidelines for Opening Up America Again" to be followed by state and local authorities.

Updates on April 14, 2020:

Updates on April 12, 2020:

  • Due to the anticipated inclement weather, Morris County will close the CCM COVID-19 TESTING SITE on Monday, April 13th and resume operations on Tuesday at 9 a.m.
  • On April 11, 2020, Governor Murphy signed an Executive Order to implement additional mitigation requirements on NJ TRANSIT and all private carriers to limit the spread of COVID-19. The order also outlines specific policies on restaurants that have remained open for takeout orders.

Updates on April 9, 2020:

Information for workers:

Updates on April 8, 2020:

  • A notice from Chief Mark Roddy on the disposal of PPE’s:
    • It has come to our attention that individuals are improperly discarding their used personal protection equipment (PPE’s), such as gloves and masks, outside of some of our businesses that have been determined to be essential and permitted to be open. This behavior is irresponsible, potentially hazardous, and disrespectful to not only those who have to clean this up but to all citizens as well. These businesses are open to assist you and the employees of these businesses do not need additional exposure risks by having to clean up the litter created by some irresponsible individuals. Be advised that heavy penalties may be incurred should you be observed engaging in this reckless behavior. I encourage all of you to immediately notify this department if you observe anyone improperly disposing of their PPE’s or engaging in any other behaviors which are in violation of the current Executive Orders issued by Governor Murphy. Thank you.
  • Please read the following notice from PSE&G - Scams: Another Side effect of Coronavirus

Updates on April 7, 2020:

Update on April 6, 2020:

Update on April 5, 2020:

Update on April 3, 2020:

Updates on March 28, 2020:

Update on March 27, 2020:

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 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.

Updates on March 21, 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 19, 2020:

Update on March 18, 2020:

Updates on March 17, 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 13, 2020:

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:

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 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 7, 2020:

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

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:

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