May 18 – A message from Mayor Manzo regarding COVID-19

From the Desk of the Mayor
Harrison Township, New Jersey

May 18, 2020

Over the weekend, the number of positive cases statewide increased to 148,039, bringing the positive test rate down to 29.3%. We lost 297 more New Jersey residents since Friday, bringing the total to 10,435. In Gloucester County, our positive test count increased 122 to 1,905, lowering our positive test rate slightly to 21.2%. Harrison’s positive test count rose by 4 to a total of 47.
Recently, there have been significant changes to the process at the Gloucester County Drive-Thru Test Center Events at Rowan College at South Jersey (RCSJ) as the testing capability has improved. For example, they have now waived the symptom requirements to be eligible for a test. Now, any county resident can simply call to schedule a test for the next event this Thursday, May 21st and for all future testing. There is a limit, however, to 200 tests per day at this point. Residents 18 and older can call (856) 218-4142 to schedule a test.

In addition, the county has now begun providing Antibody Testing to all Gloucester County Employees, Police, Fire, EMS, Public Works, Health Care workers, essential employees, and direct family members. The testing will be conducted at various locations on multiple days per week (3). Those public employees seeking an Antibody Test should also call (856) 218-4142 for locations and available dates.
The County DOH also has stated that this Antibody Testing will be available for all county residents in the near future.
The Executive Orders are coming fast and furious now, with restrictions being rolled backed almost daily. In recent days we’ve seen the Governor allow for non-essential construction projects to commence and bars to sell individual containers of alcohol for pick-up. Charter Fishing Trips and Watercraft Rentals are now permitted, the beaches will be open starting this Friday and elective surgeries return next week.
As the 3 phases of the state’s plan for The Road Back unfold (we are in Phase 1 now), we will seek to convey those details to you in a timely manner. We are all anxious for the transition to move forward in a safe way.
For weeks, there has been discussion about honoring our Healthcare Workers for their selflessness in defending and serving us on the frontlines. Things came together last week as Harrison Fire District (FD) partnered with the Harrison Police force (PD) to provide a tribute to the workers at Inspira Medical Center Mullica Hill that set a new standard for the Wave Parades we’ve all become familiar with.

The Harrison FD & PD enlisted many of their fellow men and women in uniform to show the Inspira heroes what our community and the region think of them. More than 60 Police and Fire vehicles from 11 Gloucester County towns and the County EMS Squad circled the hospital last Thursday night to the delight of the staff, who were drawn out to meet them. Words can’t describe the scene, so I’ll let the video tell the story. It was a wonderful moment for our community and yes, another reminder that we are Harrison Strong!

Together for Harrison Township,

Lou Manzo
Your Mayor


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