June 23 – A message from Mayor Manzo regarding COVID-19

From the Desk of the Mayor
Harrison Township, New Jersey

June 23, 2020

Since Friday, there have been an additional 1,238 positive tests statewide. The total number of positive cases since the outbreak began in early March has reached 169,734. The statewide positive test rate is now 13.2% and we lost 114 more New Jersey residents, bringing that total to 12,949.

There have been 37 more positive tests registered in Gloucester County since Friday, bringing that total to 2,484. The negative test count has reached 17,342 in the county, lowering our positive test rate to 12.5%. Two more county residents passed away, bringing the total number of deaths in Gloucester County to 172.

One additional Harrison resident tested positive since Friday, for a total of 60 since the outbreak and 1 local resident died from the virus.
 
GLOUCESTER COUNTY TESTING
All Gloucester County residents can call to schedule a COVID-19 or Antibody Test with no pre-requisites. Simply call the COVID-19 Hotline 856-218-4142 between 9 AM and 4 PM, Monday thru Friday to schedule an appointment. You must have an appointment to be administered either test.
 
FURTHER EASEMENT IN RESTRICTIONS
The Governor announced additional restriction easements since my last update. Effective on July 2nd, indoor dining at restaurants will commence with 25% capacity limitations. For Casino lovers, the same applies to those venues on that date. This was announced as we officially have moved to the next level of indoor and outdoor gathering constraints. Effective immediately, indoor gatherings are limited to 25% capacity of the rooms in which they take place, with a 100-person maximum. And outdoor gatherings are now limited to 250 (up from 100). Outdoor religious services and political activities continue to have no limitations.
 
FIELD USE AT ELLA HARRIS & WILLIAM WILT
If you’re strolling through Ella Harris or William Wilt Parks, it’s likely you will notice more activity on the fields. Effective yesterday, and according to the Governor’s Order, organized sports groups can utilize the fields for drills and practices. There can also be games played for all non-contact sports.

Over the last few weeks, we have taken note that organized groups from outside of Harrison Township have (on occasion) been using the turf field at William Wilt Park. We’ve addressed that as needed. This is also a reminder that the fields are available for use by outside entities, however, only with a formal approval from the township. In addition, all outside groups with rosters containing less than 90% Harrison Township residents must pay a fee. We have a strong ordinance in place to ensure that local residents have first preference when it comes to access. This is also the best practice to monitor overall use in an effort to preserve of our beautiful fields, which our residents pay taxes to support. Whenever our local organized groups are not using the fields, they are open to our residents for informal use and to outside groups with approval.

In recent weeks, we completed the project converting the Field 1 baseball diamond to turf. If you haven’t seen it, check it out, it’s incredible! It was brought to our attention that a few local kids were on that new turf the other day chipping golf balls. Seriously? For the record, this is not permitted, so please refrain from that activity. Additionally, we are asking that Field 1 be restricted to use by Harrison Township Little League only. Other fields are open to use when not being occupied by our local teams.
 
A SENSE OF NORMALCY
We continue to be impressed with how everyone has handled this crisis, including adhering to the distancing rules and wearing masks when required. As we continue to see things loosen up, let’s maintain those habits through the Summer, since we know the virus hasn’t disappeared. The Harrison Strong mentality has put us in a leadership position on several fronts. Let’s proudly showcase that spirit in supporting our local businesses and this transition back to a new norm.

Together for Harrison Township,
Lou Manzo
Your Mayor

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