DENVILLE, NJ -- During the Denville Township Council meeting on Tue Nov 10, Councilman Harry Fahrer provided and update on Valleyview Middle School's going virtual from Nov 9 through Nov 19 due to recent positive cases for COVID-19.
"[The school district] sent a letter out to the parents that individuals at Valleyview were tested positive, which went to virtual classes only," said Fahrer. "As a precaution, [the school district] also elected to run virtual for Riverview and the Riverview Annex until further notice."
No COVID-19 cases have been reported at Lakeview Elementary, therefore classes continue to be held in-person.
During the meeting, Business Administrator Steve Ward gave an update on COVID-19 in Denville.
"The mayor and I had an extensive meeting last Friday with [our health officer], who also serves as the health officer of Morris County," said Ward.
"What [the health officer] indicated is that as recently as early October in Morris County, we are only seeing between 100-125 new cases of positive COVID per week countywide. Whereas by late October, they were seeing 200 positive cases per day. That trend is unfortunately not going in the right direction."
Ward said that the current case total of COVID-19 in Denville amounts to 235 as of Nov 10, according to the Morris County Office of Health Management website.
Ward and Denville Mayor Thomas Andes have sent memos to all township groups and committees warning against holding community events that encourage large crowds, including the annual Christmas Parade, which has been canceled for this year.
"The risk is too high at this point," said Ward. "It was a difficult decision, but we feel we made the right choice."
Andes and Ward also have been in contact with the Morris County Office of Emergency Management, which will be releasing information on how individuals can receive free testing and medical kits.
In other news, the township council unanimously adopted an ordinance that appropriates $220,000 from the Open Space Trust Fund, which will go toward upgrading the dam at Cook's Pond Park.
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