WOOD-RIDGE, NJ - The Wood-Ridge Board of Health held its first meeting of the year on Wednesday night, as the Coronavirus pandemic had prevented the group from meeting in person.

Board of Health Registrar Gina Affuso said that there had not been any cases confirmed in Wood-Ridge in a few months, and that Wood-Ridge residents were responding to the safety warnings and regulations well.  She also noted that none of the Wood-Ridge employees had tested positive, and noted that while the buildings have been shut down for the most part, the Department of Public Works has been busy, cleaning and spraying twice a day, seven days a week in the Municipal Hall and the public parks. 

Affuso noted the following statistics:  

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  1. 20 marriage licenses issued from January 2020 to August 2020;

  2. 18 certified marriage certificates issued from January 2020 to August 2020;

  3. 339 dog licenses renewals from January 2020 to August 2020;  

  4. 19 cat license renewals from January 2020 to August 2020; 

  5. 0 births;

  6. 5 deaths notifications from January 2020 to August 2020;

  7. 0 Health Consultations from January 2020 to August 2020; 

  8. Immunization Reports for Catherine Doyle, Infant Sweet and Learning Tree;

Affuso noted that there was a flu shot clinic held on September 9, and 35 residents received their flu shots.  She also noted that there will be no Annual Blood Clinic, as the company that runs the clinic decided against sending its nurses out during the pandemic.  The Borough is in the process of seeing if there is another vendor willing to do a clinic, but it may have to be postponed until next year.

Maria Schmitt of the Department of Health Services, gave an update.  She noted that the inspectors have returned to doing inspections over the past three weeks and all businesses inspected have passed. She said that the Pool at Avalon opened, with restrictions imposed by state for public pools, and passed its inspections.  She noted that a new supermarket down in Wesmont also opened during the pandemic, and passed all its inspections.

The Wood-Ridge Health Board is made up of the following members. 

  • Debbie Greenaway, President
  • Robert Keller, Vice President 
  • Maria Rojas, Member
  • Frank Kaiser, Member 
  • Providence Sarlo, Member
  • Mary Ondrof, Member
  • Joseph Ianiro, Member
  • Michael D. Donato, Alternate Member #1 
  • James Love, Jr., Alternate Member #2 \


  • Gina Affuso, Registrar 
  • Maria Schmitt, Sanitary Inspector 
  • Joseph DiMarco, Council Liaison


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