PROSPECT PARK, NJ - Tuesday, Mayor Mohamed T. Khairullah released a video address to the borough following a summit of government, private, and public community stakeholders with respect to the coronavirus outbreak.

Greetings, residents of Prospect Park.  This is Mayor Khairullah with an update about our preparation for the new coronavirus also known as COVID-19.  In order for us to get ahead of the possible outbreak, I met with representatives from the local schools, houses of worship, Department of Emergency Management, Department of Health, Police, Fire, and local businesses along with our department heads.  We agreed that reducing public gatherings would reduce the risk of contamination and the spreading of the virus.  For that reason, I am suspending all recreational activities starting Wednesday and unnecessary public meetings for the foreseeable future.  Once we see that it is safe to resume, we will notify you.  We also felt that local schools and houses of worship are currently taking proper preventative measures to protect against the virus with cleaning and making sure that they reduce person to person contact.  We also feel that the local schools are prepared in case of an extended closing.  The Board of Health and the Department of Emergency Management is on full alert and is monitoring the situation. 

Yesterday, Governor Murphy issued an executive order declaring a state of emergency.  That executive order lists that there are people with positive COVID-19 identification, people who are positively presumptive, and people who are persons under investigation.  One of those who are a person under investigation happens to be an elderly person from Prospect Park.  But, please have no fear, the person is quarantined in the hospital and two adult family members are quarantined at home with no contact with school aged children.  They have not made any contact with school aged children, there is no need to panic.  That being said, we are still monitoring and I feel that we need to continue to take preventative measures.  Please avoid confined areas, particularly if they are crowded, please make sure that you always wash your hands, avoid people who exhibit symptoms of the coronavirus, such as shortness of breath or high temperature.  If we do so, we reduce the spread and risk of spreading the disease. 

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If you feel that you are exhibiting the symptoms, the first thing to do is contact your health care provider.  Do not immediately go to the doctor’s office or emergency room.  Let them know that you feel the symptoms and that you would like to come in so that they are prepared for you.  You don’t want to spread the virus.  Now, as a result, we are also suspending all regular posts on social media so we don’t over-crowd it, and we will be strictly posting updates or guidelines pertaining to the situation.  We are doing all of this out of precaution.  There is no need to panic.  We just don’t want to be an area where the virus starts spreading.  God willing, none of us have it, but the more we move around, the more we come into contact with people who might have it, the more we gather in large crowds, the higher the chance of someone getting it. 

The mayor advised those with concerns to contact the Prospect Park Board of Health – 1-973-790-7902 ext 523 or the Center for Disease Control Hotline – 1-800-232-4636.

If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to me or any member of the governing body.  Please avoid people with symptoms, avoid crowds, if we do it right then we’ll come out of this well, God willing.  God bless you and protect you, may God bless and protect Prospect Park and the United States of America.  Thank you.