HAWTHORNE, NJ - Mayor Richard Goldberg has released his Monday letter to the borough, updating residents on the situation with respect to the coronavirus and other news in Hawthorne. His letter reads below:
The number of confirmed cases as of this afternoon is 342; unfortunately, 15 have passed away and gratefully 261 have been cleared. That means there are 66 active cases in Hawthorne. For those of you who thought that people were overreacting, you were unfortunately wrong. It is imperative that you take this virus seriously and stay at home and social distance when out. It is possible that the Governor will begin to slowly relax restrictions, but that doesn’t mean the threat is over.
Towns being hit hardest with fatalities are ones with nursing homes, assisted living or senior living. Here in Hawthorne, Van Dyk Park Place has seen more than their fair share of confirmed cases and fatalities as has the Holland Home in North Haledon and the Christian Health Care Center in Wyckoff. Please keep them in your prayers and thoughts as we struggle as a community to beat this virus.
Tomorrow the Thunderbirds and Blue Angels are flying over New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania to salute COVID-19 responders. It will start at noon and last approximately 35 minutes.
As I have stated earlier, there can be no evictions or foreclosures during the crisis. Applications for businesses for low and no-cost loans become available tomorrow. Unemployment insurance is available to people unable to or furloughed from work. In some cases, owners of small businesses are also eligible for benefits.
We are still working at the Municipal Building even though the building is closed to the public.
While the Council is meeting tonight to help residents suffering financially during this crisis by fixing the interest rate at zero for 50 days, I am asking those who can afford to pay their taxes on time to please pay them. The action of all of us will determine how we can respond in the future.
Don’t give way to panic. Keep calm and follow the advice of the medical professionals. Stay home, wash your hands, socially distance, wear a mask and only make necessary trips. Support our restaurants by ordering take out or purchasing a gift card.
Remember, the Borough maintains a non-perishable food pantry. It is available for any resident in need. Please call my office at 973-427- 1168 for more information. I want to thank those of you who have donated to our food pantry and provided meals to our first responders.
If you have problems or concerns, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call my office at 973-427-1168
Mayor Richard S. Goldberg
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