CHATHAM, NJ - Gov. Phil Murphy declared a state of emergency to deal with the spread of the Coronavirus in New Jersey shortly before the Borough of Chatham Council convened for its regular meeting on Monday night.

The declaration from the governor should have "no immediate impact on daily life," according to Chatham Borough Health Officer Megan Avallone. As of Monday night, there were 11 confirmed cases in New Jersey (one in Berkeley Heights) and zero deaths associated with the Coronavirus.

Fortunately, the borough council's agenda included a resolution to observe National Public Health Week set for April 6-12, and an appearance by Avallone and Lisa DeRosa, the president of the borough's board of health.

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Avallone accepted the resolution recognizing National Public Health Week and then gave a power-point presentation on the subject of influenza. Avallone noted that flu causes millions of cases of illness in the U.S. each year and that from 2017 to 2018, it was estimated that between 12000 and 61,000 people in the U.S. died because of the flu.

Chatham Borough Health Officer Megan Avallone talks about putting the Coronavirus in perspective

In her presentation, Avallone said that there is no such thing as washing your hands too frequently

Health officer Megan Avallone said that healthy people should not be wearing masks

Chatham Borough residents can reach a health officer by calling 908-789-4070. The 24/7 COVID-19 Call Center number is 1-800-222-1222.