MORRISTOWN, NJ – Concerns about the COVID-19 coronavirus continue to grow as does the list of cancellations and closures in the area.
- Morris Choral Society cancels rehearsals with chorus and guest brass ensembles
- Morris Choral Soceity postpones May concert Songs of Spring
- Assumption Church cancels Confirmation for Sunday March 21
- The Artist Baker will be closed beginning Sunday March 15 through Tuesday March 31
- Macculloch Hall is canceling all public programs through March 31
- Winter Farmers Market is canceled until further notice
- Morristown High School Spring Musical is being postponed
- Arbor Terrace Senior Living Allowing No Visitors at Morris Plains Location
- Morris School District will be closed Monday March 16 - Friday March 27; Half day Friday March 13
- Delbarton School will be closed through March 29
- Morris County Chamber of Commerce cancels all in person events until after April 30
- Morris County Library has called all programs through March 31
- Interfaith Food Pantry postponed the Giving Tree Reception on March 31
- MPAC postpones A Cappella Live on March 12
- MPAC postpones Ballet Folclorico on March 13
- MPAC postpones New Jersey Ballet on March 14
- MPAC postpones The Cat in the Hat on March 16
- MPAC postpones Bandstand on March 17 and 18
- MPAC postpones The Westerlies on March 19
- MPAC postpones the Arts in the Community Poetry Readong on March 19
- MPAC reschedules the Herman's Hermits ib March 20 to June 24 at 7:30pm
- MPAC postpones the Indigo Girls on March 21
- MPAC postpones Erth's Perhistoric Aquarium Adventure on March 22
- MPAC postpones That Physics Show on March 23-24
- MPAC postpones the Russian National Ballet on March 25
- MPAC postpones the Bachelor Live on Stage on March 26
- MPAC postpones An Evening with Groucho on March 27
- MPAC postpones The Peking Acrobats on March 28
- MPAC postpones The New Jersey Symphony Orchestra on March 29
- MPAC cancels the West Point Band on April 5
- Morris County Clerk's 7th Annual Municipal Clerk's Breakfast on Friday March 13 is canceled
- Morristown Senior Center and Rec Programs are suspended
- James Street Sidewalk Meeting Project is canceled
- Morris Plains HSA is cancelling Science Night
- Awards Event for Morristown Women in Business scheduled for Monday March 23 has been postponed
- The Friends of the Frelinghuysen Arboretum has canceled the Macrame Workshop on March 14
- The Friends of the Frelinghuysen Arboretum has canceled the Cooking Class with Cymthia on March 22
- The Friends of the Frelinghuysen Arboretum has canceled the Guest Speaker Series and Plant Preview Talk on March 29
- Morris County St. Patrick's Day Parade in Morristown has been canceled
- Newton Medical Center’s Knock Out Opioid Abuse Town Hall scheduled for March 13 has been canceled.
- The Sussex County Community College Foundation has canceled the 100 Women Project luncheon scheduled for March 16.
- Pope John’s Bobby Petrocelli presentation on drunk driving scheduled for March 24 has been canceled.
Last week the New Jersey Department of Education Commissioner Lamont Repollett advised school superintendents they should prepare for moving to distance learning, in the event the department of health called for them to close to help stop the spread of the illness.
Throughout the state, colleges are extending their spring breaks taking that time to create a plan for distance learning, in some cases closing for the rest of the semester. Those colleges include:
- Rutgers University,
- Princeton University,
- Monmouth University,
- Stevens Institute of Technology,
- Rowan University,
- Drew University,
- Fairleigh Dickinson university and
- Seton Hall University.
Other schools have extended spring break but will close only for a few weeks, at which time they will reevaluate their situation.
- The College of New Jersey – closed March 23 for two weeks.
- Stockton College – online classes from March 25 through April 5,
- Montclair State University – online classes from March 23 with exceptions for laboratory and studio courses. All services and facilities will remain open.
In an effort to ramp up New Jersey’s efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19, coronavirus, Governor Phil Murphy declared a State of Emergency and a Public Health Emergency, effective immediately, on Monday.
The declaration, Murphy said in a statement, allows state agencies and departments to utilize state resources to assist affected communities responding to and recovering from COVID-19 cases.
According to the New Jersey Department of Health 45 people have been tested for coronavirus in New Jersey, as of Monday, with 35 of those coming back as negative, and 10 being presumed positive. An additional 24 New Jersey residents are currently under investigation as potentially being infected with the virus that has spread across the globe. On Sunday TAPinto Paterson reported that a man in his seventies had been admitted to St. Joseph’s Regional Hospital for treatment.
“The State of New Jersey is committed to deploying every available resource, across all levels of government, to help respond to the spread of COVID-19 and keep our residents informed,” Murphy said. “My Administration will continue to work closely with our federal partners to ensure that local health agencies on the front lines of the state’s response are equipped with the resources needed to further prepare our healthcare system for a broader spread of COVID-19.”
Under the declaration State Director of Emergency Management and Superintendent of the New Jersey State Police, Colonel Patrick Callahan will, in conjunction with New Jersey Department of Health Commissioner Judith Persichilli, oversee the implementation of the State Emergency Operations plan and generally direct the State’s emergency response to the virus.
The declaration also triggers other executive powers and safeguards, such as prohibiting excessive price increases pursuant to New Jersey’s Consumer Fraud Act and the ability to waive certain procurement procedures to expedite the delivery of goods and services necessary for coronavirus preparedness and response effort. State agencies, specifically the Departments of Banking and Insurance, Health, Human Services, and the Civil Service Commission are also empowered to take all appropriate steps to address the public health hazard of COVID-19.
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