HAWTHORNE, NJ - Governor Murphy ordered all flags to be flown at half-staff for those lost, and those who will be lost, during the coronavirus pandemic.  The borough of Hawthorne has done so, with flags across town in the symbolic position of mourning.

Authorities from the federal, state, county, and local level have been and continue to advise residents to help slow the spread of COVID 19 by practicing social distancing, proper hygiene, and frequently disinfecting surfaces they come into contact with. 

"In light of new data about how COVID-19 spreads," the CDC said on its website, "along with evidence of widespread COVID-19 illness in communities across the country, CDC recommends that people wear a cloth face covering to cover their nose and mouth in the community setting. This is to protect people around you if you are infected but do not have symptoms."

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The CDC says that medical-grade masks such as the N95 should not be used except by healthcare professionals who have a prioritized need.

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