MONTVILLE, NJ - As predicted by the CDC, NJ Department of Health, and other public health organizations, Montville Township has experienced a recent increase in the number of COVID-19 cases, similar to the uptick in cases observed in our county, the state, and the nation. As noted recently by NJ Department of Health Commissioner Dr. Judith Persichilli, this increase is due to community spread, and not to a single event or reopening step. She also noted that, “As the weather turns cooler and more people move inside, the risk of transmission increases.”
As a result, out of an abundance of caution which we believe is in the best interest of our entire community, we will at this time continue to keep our township buildings closed to public activity. The only exceptions are the Municipal Building (195 Changebridge Rd.), which has limited hours during which the public can gain access to the building to conduct township business in person when required to do so; and our Public Safety Building (360 Main Rd./Route 202) for emergent public safety or court matters. As a protective measure, the number of persons entering these two municipal buildings at any one time is limited, and all members of the public entering the building are screened before being granted entry.
Additionally, it was brought to our attention that members of the township travel field hockey team recently came into close contact with an individual who has since tested positive for COVID-19. Accordingly, once again out of an abundance of caution and for the safety of all the participants in the program and our entire community, we have temporarily suspended the township travel field hockey league for the CDC requisite 14-day quarantine period. We will continue to monitor developments and update our community with any new information as it becomes available, including any changes to our current safety measures.
In light of these recent developments, and as the weather turns cooler and activities and gatherings move indoors, and holiday celebrations and travel are being planned, the Montville Township Health Department is urging the community to continue to follow established safety protocols that reduce the transmission of infection. The COVID-19 pandemic has presented many challenges across the globe, and as expected, the Montville Township community has risen to the challenge to fight this disease and protect each other since the pandemic began. We thank our residents, community groups, and businesses for their vigilance, and we ask that those efforts be continued.
As a reminder, measures that can be taken to prevent the spread of COVID-19 infections include:
- Wearing an effective and properly worn face covering around others
- Practicing social distancing by staying away at least 6 feet from others
- Following good respiratory etiquette: coughing/sneezing into elbows, not hands
- Washing hands often with soap and water
- Using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer when soap and water are not available
- Reducing hand contact with your eyes, nose, and mouth
- Avoiding those who are unwell
- Staying home if you feel unwell, and calling your healthcare provider for guidance
- Answering calls from contact tracers and assisting them with their efforts
- Getting a flu shot
As of Oct. 23, there are 16 COVID-19 cases in town, the highest since May 13.
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