MONTVILLE, NJ - A message from our Mayor Frank Cooney:
As the Mayor of Montville Township, I must say that over the last 2 weeks, our community is experiencing circumstances that none of could have ever imagined, or would have expected to have to plan for to this extent. The gravity of this novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) event must be taken very seriously. That does not mean that we have to live in fear, it just means it’s very important for us to change our behavior until we, together, get through this current situation.
Unfortunately, it is my duty to convey to you that I emphasize changing our behavior particularly at this time, because I have become the most recent confirmed case of COVID-19 in our community. Prior to having any confirmation, I quarantined myself to my home out of an abundance of caution for fear of spreading the virus to others. While I am currently experiencing only mild symptoms, I have followed my physician’s and the Montville Health Department’s instructions, and will remain in self-isolation for the next 14 days.
Having said that, it is my moral obligation to let anyone know who I might have come into close contact with since Monday March 16 that the Health Department will be contacting you to provide you with guidance and instructions, and I ask you to be mindfully aware of their own current health status. As we all should be doing right now, I urge you to comply with social distancing guidelines, stay at home as much as possible, wash your hands frequently and correctly, practice good respiratory etiquette by coughing/sneezing into your elbow instead of your hands, avoid ill persons, and if you do start to feel ill, to call your healthcare provider on the phone for guidance.
During the next 14 days, while I will be quarantined, I will still be acting on your behalf, along with the Township Committee by telephone, email, etc.
In closing, it is important to remind everyone that if you think this can’t happen to you, I thought the same thing, because I didn’t travel internationally, and I took all the precautionary measures like washing my hands and disinfecting the things I touch and work with frequently, yet I still contracted it. The only advice that I can give to you is please comply with social distancing guidelines, stay at home as much as possible, wash your hands frequently and correctly, practice good respiratory etiquette by coughing/sneezing into your elbow instead of your hands, avoid ill persons, and if you do start to feel ill, to call your healthcare provider on the phone for guidance. Following this it appears, at this point, is the best prevention we have for reducing the spread of this virus.
Everyone be well and be safe!
Frank W. Cooney, Mayor