July 14 – A message from Mayor Manzo regarding COVID-19

From the Desk of the Mayor
Harrison Township, New Jersey

July 14, 2020

Statewide, we’ve seen an additional 617 positive tests since Sunday. To date, New Jersey has had a total of 175,915 positive tests and 1,721,231 negative tests, which calculates to a 10.2% positive test rate. Meaning about one out of every ten people who take a COVID-19 test, has the virus. Since Sunday, 41 more New Jersey residents have died, bringing that total to 13,635.

In Gloucester County, 31 positive tests were recorded, bringing that total to 2,787. There has also been a total of 24,125 negative tests countywide, for a positive test rate of 10.4%. Thankfully, there was no further loss of life in the county since Sunday, with that total remaining at 186.

No change in Harrison since Sunday, either, holding steady at 72 total cases and 1 death.

If you try to analyze these numbers, your head starts to spin. In fact, you may have noticed that I have tried to stay away from that and simply report the data. After my last email, a resident contacted me asking if I could show the Harrison numbers compared to themselves, so we could see the trend. Admittedly, I dismissed this idea in my email response stating that I thought the sampling would be too small to justify the attention. But then I looked at it and realized that perhaps it would be valuable to see the weekly numbers charted for comparison…..including the State and County numbers.

So, I apologize to my friend (Linda U) for jumping to conclusions at her suggestion and I have included the chart she requested. Thank you. Below, I’ve charted the last 14 weeks including the Total number of positive cases and the Increase in that number week to week, broken down by State, County and Harrison data. Make what you will of these numbers. And though an uptick is noticeable in recent weeks, especially here in Harrison, I think the trend clearly shows the worst is behind us in April and May. The objective is to keep it that way.

I want to reiterate what great resources have been provided to us during this crisis. That starts with the Gloucester County Department of Health and Office of Emergency Management site. There are multiple links included to address just about any question that comes to mind. The State of New Jersey Department of Health provides additional information and resources on their site. And for the baseline of information and protocols, you can tap into the wealth of information and guidance on the Center for Disease Control website if needed.

Locally, we continue to work hard in providing access to this information, as well as seeking to support our businesses as they try to survive this unprecedented occurrence. This has always been a balance between staying safe from a health perspective and enduring the financial hardships brought on by governmental restrictions on our economy and our way of life. None of it is easy. We continue to hold onto the hope that we can move towards the complete opening of our economy, while maintaining the proper health standards and protocols. Some of that is within our individual control. So, let’s focus on that and progress will be made. We remain Harrison Strong!  

Together for Harrison Township,
Lou Manzo
Your Mayor


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