Updated at 8:06 p.m. April 11, 2020
CLARK, NJ – Mayor Bonaccorso released an update about COVID-19 cases in Clark and other changes and updates to township services Saturday.
The mayor said Nancy Raymond, Clark’s Health Officer reported a total of 111 residents that have tested positive for the coronavirus to date. 85 of these cases are closed. There are 26 cases that are currently under investigation.
Throughout his weekly updates the mayor has reminded residents to help flatten the curve by staying home and social distancing from anyone outside your immediate home.
Township services have been updated here:
Mayor Bonaccorso is asking residents to limit calls and emails to Health Officer Nancy Raymond to urgent issues only during this time of pandemic management.
The State of New Jersey initiated 2-1-1 during the community health crisis. Residents can call for information and resources.
Clark Police Chief Pedro Matos has updated policies and procedures for officers to mitigate the risk of infection spreading to and between officers and the public. Matos said these revisions are important to his ability to keep the police force intake to serve the community over the long term.
- Clark Police Headquarters remains closed to the public except for emergencies. Residents are asked to call 732-988-3434 for non-emergency assistance and not to come to the building.
- Police may not be dispatched to the site of non-emergent calls. Dispatch will remain with caller as Clark Volunteer Ambulance Squad is dispatched and police will arrive if the situation evolves into a more critical situation.
- Any calls to dispatch requiring an officer to the scene will be screened to assess health of those on site
- Officers will be wearing PPE when responding to calls to help prevent the spread of illness
- Police have been issued N95 masks and disinfecting products to use for themselves and cars while on duty.
- The Department of Public Works continues most residential services as planned including Bulky pick-up by ward and appliance pick-up. Residents must email firstname.lastname@example.org to make an appointment for either service.
- Recycling schedules remain on alternating Wednesdays by zone.
- Spring branch pick-up continues through April.
- Residents are reminded to dispose of all flushable, baby and cleaning wipes in the garbage and not down the toilet. Flushable wipes and all household wipes are not biodegradable and cause major sewer blockages over time.
- Local, county, and state parks were closed this past week to assist with social distancing and ultimately flattening NJ’s curve according to officials.
- The Recreation and Teen Centers and all programs run under those entities remain fully suspended and closed to the public.
- Town Hall remains closed to the public, and employees are checking the drop box outside the main doors M-F.
- Residents are asked to put their items for drop off in an envelope so all paperwork stays together. Envelopes are to be addressed to the department for which they are intended.
- Phone numbers and email addresses for each department can be found at ourclark.com
Local courtrooms are closed until further notice by direction of the NJ Supreme Court Chief Justice.
- Clark schools remain closed per Superintendent Grande until further notice. Updates are provided daily by their automated phone system.
- Clark schools started spring break on April 10.
- Private schools such as Mother Seton and Saint John the Apostle remain closed too.
- The Clark Library is closed until further notice. All book and materials out on loan have been renewed through April 20.
- The drop boxes at the library are closed
- Patrons of the library are invited to make use of many online books, magazines and other resources while the building is closed.
Senior Busing Service
Busing service is still available to seniors in need of transportation to get to supermarkets in town. The regular schedule is in effect. Call DPW at 732-428-8402 or email email@example.com to schedule a pick-up.
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