MILLBURN, NJ — With the first week of self-quarantine completed and the second one beginning, Mayor Jackie Lieberberg provided an update on the total number of confirmed cases in town, as well as suggestions from the township on how to control and shut down the spread of the virus.
As of 4:00 p.m. on Monday, Millburn had 18 cases of COVID-19, making up 6.6 percent of the total cases in Essex County. In order to further halt the spread, Lieberberg made the following suggestions to residents in town:
- Take it seriously: If you are not already abiding by the strict guidelines-- you must immediately. The steps that have been taken by the State of New Jersey will save lives and will take time. Stay positive but also remain resolute in your commitment to stop the spread. This goes for all of our children, teens and college students. They are not exempt nor immune. Please talk to your kids about their ability to be a massive part of this solution.
- Keep your social distance while passively recreating: Township staff and police are carefully monitoring our passive spaces. Please do the right thing and maintain social distance outside of the family members that are self-quarantining with you. While everyone is home, these areas will tend to get crowded, but use good judgment and continue best practices with regard to social distancing.
- Stay Home and keep washing your hands: This is the most important. On Saturday, Governor Murphy signed Executive Order 107, which closes all non-essential businesses. Our trips from home should be for essential business only! Even when we are out making an essential trip we must practice social distancing and good health habits.
In addition, residents who are out driving, walking, or biking were reminded of the following safety tips:
- Walk against traffic
- Ride your bike with traffic
- ALWAYS pay attention, regardless of what modality you have chosen
- Be a courteous driver as more people will be using the roads to exercise and get out of the house. This includes the State Law that requires you to stop for pedestrians in a crosswalk.
On the grocery store front stores in the area have adopted special hours for seniors to buy their groceries. Kings is from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m., Shop Rite Millburn and Springfield is also from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. and Shop Rite Livingston is from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 a.m.
In her note, Lieberberg also said that the communiyt spirit of Millburn residents was admirable.
"We are all rising to the challenge, finding ways to stay positive and manifesting true community spirit," Lieberberg said. "We see residents starting food drives for hospital workers, getting people to rally around making masks or donating supplies for the nurses and doctors battling so hard for us and of course the positive chalk messages in walkways and driveways. We hope to see more fresh inspiration after the rain has passed."