LIVINGSTON, NJ — The Township of Livingston and County of Essex continue to announce precautions being made to help slow the spread of the novel coronavirus COVID-19, including canceling certain events and programs and offering tips and services to ensure the community’s health and safety.
Livingston Municipal Offices/Services Update:
Livingston Township municipal offices and departments will remain open, although residents are reminded to follow official agency guidelines when choosing to visit these or any public spaces. (These can be found below.)
Police and emergency services will also continue uninterrupted, as will garbage/recycling pickups and water/sewer utility services. The township website will continue to provide information, updates and resources across all township departments.
The township also shared the following reminders:
- Tax, water and sewer bills can be paid online any time BY CLICKING HERE.
- Birth, Death, and Marriage/Civic Union/Partnership certificates can be applied for through U.S. Mail using forms and instructions available at www.livingstonnj.org/CertificatesRecords.
- Do Not Knock program registration is available online at www.livingtonnj.org/DoNotKnock.
- Motor vehicle or other court tickets can be paid online BY CLICKING HERE.
- Residents are encouraged to regularly check with for updates to status and recommendations at the official U.S. Government website.
- In addition, residents should ensure that they receive critical Township Emergency Notifications by registering for the Swift911 system, following “Livingston Township, NJ” on Facebook and the township Twitter account (@Livingston_NJ) and downloading the township mobile app for on-the-go updates and information.
Livingston Programming and Livingston Public Schools:
All Livingston Senior Youth & Leisure Services (SYLS) classes, open-play and drop-in events and programs for youth, adult and seniors have been suspended through Friday, March 27. Program credits will be applied to Community Pass accounts once classes resume.
Beginning Monday, the Livingston Senior and Community Center will be temporarily closed to all users, including volunteers and committees.
Senior Transportation will continue to run for grocery shopping and medical appointments only.
Livingston Public Schools will be closed until March 27, and all students will be expected to follow the newly developed Remote Learning Plan. CLICK HERE for the full story.
Essex County Events Postponed; Turtle Back Zoo, Codey Arena, Environmental Center, Golf Courses Closed
Turtle Back Zoo, Codey Arena, Essex County Golf Courses and senior buildings in the Essex County Parks System will be closed to the public for two weeks, and public events—including two popular activities that are part of the Essex County Cherry Blossom Festival—will be postponed.
“We are taking precautions in order to keep our residents safe and prevent any possible exposure to coronavirus,” said Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo. “One of the ways to reduce the spread of the virus is to prevent community spread by avoiding large gatherings such as races and festivals.
“We are doing everything we can to ensure that our residents feel safe. I encourage the public to follow CDC precautions and wash your hands after using the restroom, coughing or sneezing, and after coming in contact with frequently touched surfaces.”
The following Essex County events have officially been postponed:
- The Annual State of the County Address on Monday, March 23
- Census Day at Essex County Turtle Back Zoo on Saturday, March 28 and Sunday, March 29
- The Cherry Blossom Bike Race in Essex County Branch Brook Park on Saturday, April 4
- The Cherry Blossom 10K Race in Essex County Branch Brook Park on Sunday, April 5
Other precautions of note being taken at Essex County offices and institutions include the following:
- Additional procedures have been implemented at all county facilities and buildings to enhance the cleaning and sanitizing of offices and areas where the public gathers, such as waiting rooms.
- The visitation schedule at the Essex County Correctional Facility has been modified. Also, additional measures to medically screen detainees entering and being released from the ECCF have been implemented.
- The visitation schedule and outside passes for patients at the Essex County Hospital Center have been suspended.
- Clients dropping off forms, applications or other documents at 18 Rector Street or 50 South Clinton Street are being asked to mail them, send them electronically or deliver them to drop boxes in the office.
- Additional procedures have been implemented to clean and sanitize the vehicles that are part of the Essex County Special Transportation program and partnerships have been created with companies like Uber and Lyft to provide additional transportation options if it becomes necessary.
- The congregate meal program offered by the Division of Senior Services as part of the Senior Café in the Park program and at other locations throughout the County have transitioned to a “grab and go” format and, in some cases, to home delivered meals.
Visitation Policies at Saint Barnabas Medical Center:
Visitation guidelines have been revised for all RWJBarnabas Health hospitals or healthcare facilities, including Saint Barnabas Medical Center in order to ensure the safety and well-being of patients, visitors and staff.
All visitors will be screened for the following and may not be allowed to visit or stay in the building based on the results:
- Recent international travel history
- Recent domestic travel to areas with widespread COVID-19 infection
- Contact with individuals with known COVID-19
- Cold or flu-like symptoms
In addition, all visitors should wash their hands with soap and water or use hand sanitizer before and after visiting.
The following temporary visiting restrictions are in place at all of RWJBarnabas hospitals and health facilities:
- No visitors under the age of 16 will be permitted
- Visitation is limited to one person per visit in all adult medical and behavioral health inpatient units and all emergency departments
- Visitation is limited to two people per visit in all pediatric units (only parents and guardians can visit); all labor and delivery units (only significant other or support persons can visit); and all nurseries and Neonatal Intensive Care Units (only parents and support persons can visit).
At all outpatient facilities, visitation is limited to one person per appointment, (two for pediatrics) unless an aide or assistant is required.
In addition, gatherings of family members, friends and other acquaintances of the patient in family lounges, waiting areas, the lobby, cafeterias or restaurants on campus will not be allowed.
Sensible Precautions Suggested by Livingston Township:
Individuals at high risk for COVID-19—including those over the age of 60, those with underlying conditions such as heart, lung or kidney disease, those with diabetes or whose immune systems may be compromised and pregnant women—should take particular precautions and practice social distancing.
All individuals, regardless of risk category, should be following these recommendations of the CDC, WHO and NJDOH
- Stay home if you are sick, and avoid contact with others who are sick
- Wash hands frequently, or use hand sanitizer if soap and water is not available
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces regularly
- Cover coughs or sneezes with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash
- Avoid areas where you will be in contact with large groups of people
Residents are also reminded to exercise caution and good judgment when choosing to attend gatherings of any size.
The NJDOH has trained healthcare professionals standing by 24 hours a day, seven days a week to help in the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of COCID-19 for the general public and healthcare professionals across the state.
Residents are urged to call the NJ Coronavirus Hotline at 1-800-222-1222 (or 1-800-962-1253 if using an out-of-state phone line) with any questions or concerns about symptoms.