FLORHAM PARK, NJ - Chief of Police Joseph Orlando issued the following statement today to residents:
Hope everyone is well!
The State has not been releasing much information, other than daily test positives and death totals. It seems we have reached the surge they had been discussing for the last two weeks, as our daily test positives have been on average in the area of 3,500. Yesterday’s death tally for the State was the highest number recorded to date at 376.
Some of you may be confused regarding the number of test positives for Florham Park. The Morris County Department of Health website listed Florham Park at 82 test positive residents for April 20th. Yesterday’s article on NJ.com regarding Long Term Care Facilities within the State listed the total number of test positive residents of Long Term Care Facilities within Florham Park at 100. That number did not account for the number of test positive residents that do not reside in Long Term Care Facilities. There is a delay in the reporting from the labs to the State, who in turn distribute numbers to the individual Counties. I wish I could provide you more accurate information regarding the number of infections within the Borough but unfortunately, due to HIIPA rules, I am receiving very limited information as well. If the numbers regarding the Long Term Care Facilities was accurate, it is safe to assume we are well above the 100 mark for test positives.
The Governor has indicated he will announce his plan for reopening the State by week’s end. I’m hopeful, as I am sure all of you are, that he provides us with something meaningful to focus on. Until that time comes we will continue to work together to overcome whatever obstacles come our way.
Be safe and well!
Chief of Police / Deputy OEM Coordinator
April 21, 2020