June 1 – A message from Mayor Manzo regarding COVID-19

From the Desk of the Mayor
Harrison Township, New Jersey

June 1, 2020

The gorgeous weather over the weekend brought some sense of normalcy to the world, if only for a moment. I hope you were able to enjoy it. I’ll begin by updating the numbers since Friday. Statewide, the number of positive cases rose to 160,445, an increase of 1,601 over the weekend. That lowers the statewide positive test rate to 20.7%. We lost 167 more New Jersey residents since Friday, bringing that total to 11,698.

In Gloucester County, the positive case total increased by 37 since Friday, bringing that total to 2,246. The total number of tests administered with a negative result is now 11,582, making our countywide positive test rate 16.2%. Two more county residents passed away bringing that total to 148.

In Harrison, 3 additional positive tests were recorded, increasing our total to 57. Thankfully, we remain with only 1 death in our hometown. It was pointed out to me over the weekend that we have the lowest infection rate in the Gloucester County, as of the May 28th Report. Harrison resident, Ian Grant, forwarded me the report showing 55 positive cases (as of last Friday) with our population of 13,100. This equated to a .42% Infection Rate, the lowest in the county. I attribute that to all of you and the diligence and patience you have exhibited during this crisis. You have “flattened the curve” better than anyone else. We are very proud of that. Thanks for the info, Ian.
Another Reminder: Going forward, all Gloucester County residents can call to schedule a COVID-19 or Antibody Test with no pre-requisites. To schedule a test, please call the COVID-19 Hotline 856-218-4142 between 9:00 AM and 4:00 PM, Monday thru Friday and specify which test you are seeking. You must have an appointment to be administered either test. Keep in mind that when registering for the Antibody Test, you are asked for your Health Insurance information. Therefore, based on your coverage, you may incur a cost.
In support of our Harrison Strong mantra and our dedication to the Buy Local mentality, our Harrison Recreation Commission has created a great t-shirt to support that cause. All proceeds from the shirt sale will go towards purchasing ShopRite Gift Cards to be donated to Your Place At The Table (YPATT). You are able to buy a shirt online and wear it proudly….I am!
These was a tremendous turn out for Hunt in the Hill this weekend as over 400 of our local residents signed up and participated. A huge thanks for the Mullica Hill Women’s Tri Club for all of their work to put the event together. We will be posting the photos and videos submitted to our social media pages this week.
In preparation for tomorrow’s entry of The Science of Well-Being course, here are two more Rewirements for you to check out:
Research suggests that 30 minutes of Exercise a day can boost your mood in addition to making your body healthier. Set aside a location and time (write it in your calendar!). Then hit the treadmill, do an online yoga class, or throw on some headphones and dance around your room to cheesy pop songs. This isn’t supposed to be a marathon-level of activity; it’s just to get your body moving a bit more than usual.
Research also shows that Sleep can improve your mood more than we expect. One of the reasons we’re so unhappy in our modern lives is that we’re consistently sleep deprived. Set a goal to get at least seven hours of sleep for at least four nights of the next week. I know you’re busy, but sleep is going to make you feel better— both physically and mentally. So, pick four nights this week, note them in your calendar, and get some much-needed sleep.
No doubt that rewiring our exercise and sleep habits can only make us….Harrison Stronger! Take the challenge.

Lou Manzo
Your Mayor


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