FLORHAM PARK, NJ - The Mayor of Florham Park has issued the following statement to residents:

 

March 24, 2020

A Message From Mayor Mark Taylor

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Residents,

I hope your family is safe and doing well. Over the past few weeks we have experienced unprecedented circumstances that none of us could have predicted nor controlled. Please know that Borough Officials are monitoring the situation very closely. Kudos to members of the OEM Team, Police Department as well as Borough officials and employees who are working diligently on the front lines and behind the scenes.

To best assist our residents, we continue to post information on the OEM website, Florham Park Police OEM Facebook page and the Florham Park Borough Facebook page. We are also sending out important alerts via ALERT Florham Park. If you have not signed up for the Alerts, please visit our website at www.fpboro.net to sign up. In addition to those resources, information is also being posted on Channel 21 for Optimum subscribers and on Channel 35 for FiOS subscribers.

Although I am sure you are all aware of safety precautions to implement in your daily lives, it is my duty as Mayor to convey to all of our residents that changes in behavior are crucial to alleviating the spread of this virus.

The virus has resulted in necessary changes and decisions to be made by Borough Officials. At this time all Borough buildings remain closed to the Public which includes Borough Hall, Florham Park Library, Florham Park Recreation Center and the Little Red Schoolhouse. In addition, we have recently closed ALL parks and recreation areas primarily due to large groups still assembling in these areas over the past week. Please be mindful of this order and of the protective yellow tape at each of these areas. This was done for the safety and protection of our residents. At this time we ask that you be respectful of the closures of these areas. As I am sure you are aware via an Executive Order of the Governor, dining establishments remain open for take-out only. If possible, please consider supporting our wonderful local businesses during this time.

It is important to note that if you have come in contact with someone with symptoms you should self-quarantine for a 14 day period and avoid contact with others. I urge all residents to maintain “Social Distancing” practices and to stay at home whenever possible. I also urge you to wash your hands frequently, do not touch your face and do not shake hands with anyone. I am very hopeful that by using these simple but effective habits we can help alleviate the spread of this virus.

In this time of need, please feel free to reach out if you need help in getting to the store for groceries or medication or any other essential items. We have many people ready and willing to assist our population and especially our senior citizens if they need assistance. If you are a senior and need assistance please contact Senior Club President Paul Chase at pchase1010@gmail.com. Any other citizens that have regular questions or need non-emergency assistance can reach out directly by emailing Borough Clerk Sheila Williams @ swilliams@fpboro.net.
For Emergency assistance please dial 9-1-1

Despite the challenges we are facing in the World and in our Borough we are lucky to live in such a wonderful caring community! I would like to thank all individuals who have stepped up to help their neighbors in their time of need. I have heard many wonderful stories of residents assisting their neighbors. Also, a quick reminder to check on any elderly relatives, neighbors and friends to ensure they are well or if they require some type of assistance. If we work together we can accomplish a lot. The most important thing I wish for all of you is that you remain safe and healthy! Please feel free to reach out to me with any questions or concerns via email at
mtaylor@fpboro.net. .

Sincerely,

Mark Taylor, Mayor

Below you find some helpful information that contains updated phone numbers and websites that you can visit for updates on the progress in NJ and testing areas in the event that you have symptoms. Remember you cannot be tested if you do not display symptoms; you will be turned away from these pop-up testing areas

There are multiple ways for our constituents to obtain answers to general questions about COVID-19:
Call: 211
Call (24/7): 1-800-962-1253*
Website: Covid.nj.gov

*Due to an incredibly high volume of calls, wait times can be substantial
Constituents may also appreciate knowing about Atlantic Health Nurse Screening Hotline number: 1-862-260-3199. It is available seven days a week from 7:00 am to 7:00pm. A highly trained Atlantic Health medical professional will answer the call, consult with the patient, and provide direction to obtain needed resources. (This hotline cannot provide referrals for COVID-19 testing)

We would urge you to use the COVID-19 information hub at covid.nj.gov or reach out to the Atlantic Health Hotline or your primary care physician prior to seeking testing, as kits are limited and there are restrictions as to who may be tested. To avail yourself of the testing site, individuals must be current New Jersey residents and experiencing symptoms of respiratory illness. Priority will be given to symptomatic individuals experiencing cough, fever (99.6F or above) and shortness of breath.