MONTVILLE, NJ – No cases of coronavirus have been reported in Montville Township, but it is a good idea to be prepared. With this in mind, the township’s Office of Emergency Management convened on Thursday, March 5 to discuss procedures and preparations. The meeting included Township Administrator Victor Canning who is OEM coordinator, Police Chief Andrew Caggiano, the township’s fire chiefs, the president of the first aid squad and Township Health Officer Aimee Puluso. Superintendent of Schools René Rovtar was unable to attend.

“We went over our emergency management protocols and preparedness should we experience a coronavirus outbreak in Montville,” Canning said at the March 10 Montville Township Committee meeting. “[Information] basically filters down from the CDC, the state health department and the governor to the local level which would be us. The state health department would provide testing kits if necessary. We will stay on top of things; we have posted information on the website so residents can stay educated.”

Items such as door handles and water fountains at the Municipal Building are being cleaned daily with a bleach solution, he reported, and the bus that transports senior citizens is cleaned every day as well.

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“We’re trying to eliminate every possible exposure,” Canning said.

In the meantime, warnings from the CDC on the township website state that persons at high risk, including people over the age of 60, people with underlying health conditions such as heart disease, lung disease or diabetes, and women who are pregnant, should avoid mass gatherings. The practice is known as “social distancing.”

The Montville Township public health nurses are monitoring reports of communicable diseases and communicate with doctors, hospitals, schools and residents to ensure appropriate follow up, according to the website.

For more information, visit the NJ Department of Health’s website or the CDC’s website.

Read about the schools’ one-day shut down to prepare in case of teleschooling here.

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