RARITAN TWP., N.J. – The Raritan Township Committee received an update from the Office of Emergency Management on how the township is fairing during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The meeting was held Monday in a teleconference format due to the pandemic.  Residents were able to participate online or by phone.  

As of Sunday, Hunterdon County has reported 68 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the township, the most among all municipalities in the county.

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Emergency Management Coordinator Chris Phelan encouraged residents to check the OEM website for the latest information on the township’s response.  He added that the township’s Facebook page and OEM’s twitter feed is updated regularly.

Phelan said Raritan OEM continues with Holland and Readington to assist with the respiratory assessment tent at Hunterdon Medical Center.

He also credited the public works department with assisting with a request from nearly two weeks ago from Hunterdon Medical ahead of a stormy forecast.

“As we prepared for a storm that looked like it would be imminent, there was a request for sandbags that came late in the day,” Pehlan said.  “The team came through, and we were able to coordinate a very substantial number of sandbags.”

In total, more than 200 sandbags were filled and placed around the assessment tent. “Luckily, we did not get the severe weather,” he added, “but we did get weather.”

Phelan urged residents to not hesitate to make phone calls for medical help, especially in an emergency.

He said Hunterdon Medical Center has a hotline for residents to call before reaching out to their primary care physician if they are not feeling well.

The hotline is staffed by a nurse from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. The phone number is 908-788-6440.

Phelan added that the hospital and first responders continue to urge residents to call 911 for medical emergencies.

“We don’t want to see anyone not to be taken care of properly or transported up to the hospital,” he said.