June 16 – A message from Mayor Manzo regarding COVID-19

From the Desk of the Mayor
Harrison Township, New Jersey

June 16, 2020

Since my last update on Friday, Statewide, there have been 1,262 additional positive tests. We’ve now had a total of 167,426 positive cases since the outbreak began in early March. The statewide positive test rate is now 14.8%. We lost 238 more New Jersey residents since Friday, bringing that total to 12,727.

Gloucester County saw an increase of 45 more positive tests registered for a total to 2,428. The negative test total reached 15,473, lowering our positive test rate (slightly) to 13.6%. The death toll in the county is up to 168, an increase of 10 since last Friday.

In Harrison, we registered 1 additional positive test since Friday, brining that total to 59, with 1 death in our hometown.

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.

The Class of 2020 is special in so many ways and the community has come together to recognize them considering all they’ve had to endure and miss out on because of the Coronavirus restrictions. They held graduation activities last week and aired a video ceremony this evening. We are still hopeful for a traditional in-person graduation ceremony sometime in July, according to the Governor’s Order at that time. Clearview leadership is committed to pursuing an option within the guidelines. I commend Superintendent John Horchak and his team as they have navigated all the uncertainty and maintained a focus on providing the graduating class every opportunity available. Please read the most recent update and timeline of their journey.

Our business community and residents were eager to help also. Many contributed to the Swag Bags created as gifts for each graduate that began with Mr. Kenny Patel donating a $10 Dunkin Donuts Gift Card for each bag. The Nancy Kowalik Real Estate Group then added sunglasses, for the “sunny days to come”. It took off from there with others contributing coupons and donations.

It became quite a movement, with dozens participating! We want to recognize those businesses and individuals who stepped up, both from our community and outside. Here they are!

As we emerge from the COVID-19 restrictions and the economy begins its climb back, wouldn’t it be nice to know what cleaning and sanitizing procedures are in place at our frequent haunts? Does our favorite restaurant or retail shop have a plan? What about the office buildings we enter or work in? Though there will be CDC and governmental guidelines for all that, how can we know they are being followed without asking?

A local Mullica Hill resident approached me a month ago with an initiative he was launching to provide businesses with the ability to display that commitment to patrons or visitors. Leave it to the private sector to provide what’s needed! I was proud to be the first public official to endorse the concept of Survived-The Badge of Integrity. The company was launched last week with a Press Release that read, in part, like this:

“While others took responsibility to develop vaccines and medical solutions that are needed, Survived, LLC was focused on the future. They concentrated their efforts on what life would look like after the pandemic-related restrictions were eased. Would residents feel safe going to restaurants, supermarkets, theatres, stadiums, their dentist or salons again? Would those businesses still exist? If so, how would you know if their building and procedures are safe?”

“Survived™️ – The Badge of Integrity,” answers these questions and more. They have compiled the protocols that signal the business has ethically reopened by conscientiously following the CDC’s recommendations for sanitation and safety. The business can convey that message to the public by displaying a vinyl Window Cling or Lawn Sign.”

Locally, we want to help the customer/client/patient feel confident in patronizing our businesses again. We want businesses to welcome back their customers, tenants and relationships with a sign of strength and confidence. By having these Signs and Window Clings available in Harrison, we will create an atmosphere of unity, togetherness and hometown pride.

Learn more about this initiative on the Survived website.
As restrictions are eased, we are seeing signs of life and there is nothing like seeing our shops and restaurants bustling a bit once again. Outdoor dining is popping up and as of yesterday, we can stop in at our favorite Main Street location for some local shopping. Next week hair salons will begin opening and other restrictions are expected to be eased in the coming weeks. Let’s do our part to maintain the new protocols (masks and distancing) when needed, but mostly, let’s be appreciative of these little wonders in life that we all took for granted before the virus.

I speak for all of us in community leadership positions when I say that we are genuinely excited to be able to see you about town again. We’ve missed you!


Together for Harrison Township,
Lou Manzo
Your Mayor


A message from Mayor Manzo regarding the Coronavirus COVID-19. Learn more