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

From the Desk of the Mayor
Harrison Township, New Jersey

June 19, 2020

Since Tuesday, there have been an additional 1,070 positive tests statewide. The total number of positive cases since the outbreak began in early March has reached 168,496. The statewide positive test rate is now 14.1%. We lost 108 more New Jersey residents since Tuesday, bringing that total to 12,835.

There were only 19 more positive tests registered in Gloucester County, that total is now 2,447. We’ve also had a total of 16,312 negative tests in the county, for a positive test rate of 13.0%. Two more county residents have passed in the last three days, making it a total of 170 lost to the virus since the beginning of the pandemic.

Thankfully, there was no change in Harrison since Tuesday, as we hold at 59 total positive tests and 1 death in our hometown.

All Gloucester County residents can call to schedule a COVID-19 or Antibody Test with no prerequisites. Simply call the COVID-19 Hotline 856-218-4142 between 9AM and 4PM, Monday thru Friday to schedule an appointment. You must have an appointment to be administered either test.

In my previous Update, I sought to recognize all the donors to the Clearview Swag Bag initiative, so I included a link to a list of those donors. It turns out that list wasn’t complete. So, first I want to apologize for this mistake, we feel terrible that this happened. Fortunately, we were able to correct that mistake 24-hours later and the link properly reflected the full list of donors. In case you only looked once, here’s that full list again. A HUGE thanks to the nearly 150 businesses or individuals who stepped up to help!

As we inch our way back economically, it’s nice to see some signs of life in and around our shops and eateries. While we may prefer indoor dining, it is nice to finally be able to enjoy a meal out. Please continue to support our local restaurants and visit the retailers in town. This Monday, salons and barbershops will reopen, with capacity and distancing protocols in place, along with nail & tanning salons, spas and tattoo parlors. Clearly our road back is in motion!

Yesterday, the Governor also announced that indoor shopping malls will be permitted to open on June 29th, with 50% capacity limitations. Face masks will be required, and the food court and common seating areas will remain closed for now, but restaurants may provide take-out or outdoor dining. Movie theaters and arcades will also remain closed for the time being.

Monday our township administrative employees worked from the Municipal
Offices during regular business hours (8AM-4PM), for the first time since mid-March. For the record, our Public Works Department and our Police Department never adjusted their schedules during this crisis. They have been physically on the job the entire time.

On behalf of our leadership team, I want to acknowledge what an incredible job all our employees have done over the last three months in the face of the COVID-19 crisis. As an essential business, municipal government was required to remain fully operational, other than restrictions the Governor put on construction and court proceedings. Our crew did it seamlessly, working from home and evolving into a staggered shift operation to limit everyone’s exposure to others. We thank them and applaud their dedication to our community. We are all lucky to have these individuals in our world.

Going into the weekend, let’s implement a couple of the Rewiring tools offered in The Science of Well-Being course. Take a minute to savor some of these simple pleasures, as they come back into our lives. More importantly pause to be grateful for them, more than before the crisis. Recognize that not every family in New Jersey is emerging from this mess quite as fortunate,  turn your thoughts to those who have lost loved ones or those who will be more negatively affected by the economic impact we are all enduring. There, but for the grace of God, go I.

Wishing you all a pleasant weekend and a Happy Fathers to all the Dads.

Together for Harrison Township,
Lou Manzo
Your Mayor


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