I wanted to take this opportunity to thank all of you for your cooperation with Governor Murphy’s stay-at-home order as we continue to Flatten the Curve against COVID-19. We know this is hard for many of you and that many of you are anxious to get out again. So please know that our cautious efforts are paying off.
The number of active cases of COVID-19 cases in Berkeley Heights is stabilizing. As of today, we have 28 active cases 21 of those are from long-term care facilities. In addition, we have 102 closed cases. 71 have recovered. Although our long-term care facilities are privately owned and overseen by the state, our Office of Emergency Management coordinator is in contact with them daily, providing PPE as they need it, and providing daily updates.
The weather will improve soon, and we encourage residents to exercise outside and enjoy it. But you STILL need to maintain recommended social distancing, staying 6 feet away from others, and wearing a mask in places where it is not possible to maintain those 6 feet.
If you are over the age of 70 and need a mask, please contact Neighbors Helping Neighbors at (908) 312-2066 or email@example.com. Volunteers will donate handmade washable cloth masks; these volunteers are trained on proper PPE wear and will always be wearing masks and gloves when distributing the masks. PLEASE BE CAUTIONED: if you are getting masks from any other individuals or groups, ensure that the person is properly masked and gloved--- even if it is valued neighbor or friend. I thank all of the other volunteer groups in town providing such wonderful support to those on our front lines and those most vulnerable in our community. Please consider supporting them as you can.
Meanwhile, it was imperative that Township operations continue amidst this crisis. Thanks to the herculean efforts by our department heads and administration, we have ensured that resident business and our most vital services can continue – some, more virtually than ever. Chipping and road projects are continuing, residents can apply for and pay for permits online, we are bringing meetings to the public via Zoom, we are vigilant in overseeing progress on our municipal complex construction and 7 redevelopment projects, to try to get projects completed so the Township can benefit from the increased revenue. Now, MORE THAN EVER, our Township needs that revenue.
Please visit our website for all information on how to get what you need from Town Hall and progress on our redevelopment projects.
Lastly, please continue to take care of each other and take all precautions necessary when leaving your home. You all continue to astound me with your sense of community and quick willingness to help each other when in need. I have never been so proud to call Berkeley Heights home, or to have the privilege of being your Mayor. THANK YOU, and stay safe