GREEN BROOK, NJ - Green Brook Mayor Patrick Boccio provided the following update on Monday:
Dear Fellow Green Brook Residents,
I first want to extend my deepest best wishes to each and every resident during this trying time. I pray for everyone’s health and welfare.
To be sure, these are uncharted waters. We all have to be flexible in these situations, because much of this is out of our hands. We are in this together and will make it through with patience, flexibility, understanding, and compassion.
There is so much information coming at us, from so many different sources: our employers, our favorite news channel, our family members, our friends and neighbors, and our national, state and local governmental leaders. It can be overwhelming, but I want you to know what your local leaders here in Green Brook are doing.
Every day, Township representatives are attending conference calls on the County and State levels regarding the current status across all segments, governmental operations, health department updates, public safety and emergency management. I am also speaking to our Deputy Mayor Jim Benscoter, Emergency Management Coordination Frank Gaffney, Township Committeemen Jerry Searfoss and Jim Van Arsdale, and Township Administrator Kelly Cupit on a daily basis.
We have been regularly updating our website and will continue to as information is available about our local government operations, updates on public health, resources and emergency orders.
Many of us are in the process of transitioning to a stay-at-home arrangement, including new distance learning for our children. During this period of being physically remote from others, it is very important that we remain connected to each other and to help each other.
We can all do this in many ways. A daily call to loved ones and friends, a kind email, a letter.
I am always amazed and proud of the people who have chosen to make Green Brook their home. Just yesterday, I received a telephone call and an email from a Green Brook resident reaching out to see how best to help our first responders’ personal protective equipment (PPE). Our neighbor is associated with a group that has raised money specifically for this purpose.
I would like to reiterate the following, which was in the press release that we published yesterday:
The best way to protect yourself and your family from this coronavirus and other diseases is to follow simple daily health precautions:
- Wash hands frequently with soap and water, and for at least 20 seconds each time.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are ill.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
- Do not reuse tissue after coughing, sneezing, or blowing your nose.
- Clean and disinfect surfaces that are frequently touched.
- Stay home when you are sick.
In addition, as this virus comes to our community, we ask that everyone practice “Social Distancing” in the community: avoid crowds, stay home when you are sick, and maintain 6 feet of distance between other people. This virus can affect people of all ages, with the elderly and immune-compromised individuals at the most risk, but the risk to all cannot be understated. This is not the time for sleepovers, birthday parties, play dates and pick-up games.
Your patience and cooperation is essential to slowing the spread of this serious virus for everyone’s sake. It is a stressful time but we can get through it together. Remember to practice some extra kindnesses too — check in on older neighbors and talk to friends (by phone or standing six feet apart) or take a walk in the fresh air. We can and must work to overcome this, together.
The New Jersey Department of Health is providing information to residents and has set up a 24/7 public hotline with the New Jersey Coronavirus & Poison Center at 1-800-222-1222 or you can also call 211.
Be aware that as more testing becomes available, the numbers of positive cases will likely continue to climb. For an updated case count of COVID-19 in Somerset County, please call 908-231-7111. For Somerset County specific updates, please visit www.co.somerset.nj.us/health.
Since the situation is evolving, it is important to stay up to date by following trusted sources of information such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at www.cdc.gov, the World Health Organization at www.who.int, the New Jersey Department of Health at www.nj.gov/health, the Somerset County Department of Health at www.co.somerset.nj.us/health, Middle-Brook Regional Health Commission http://middlebrookhealth.org/ and the Township of Green Brook www.greenbrooktwp.org.
Myself, the administration, departments, and elected officials, of Green Brook want all residents to know that we are here for you. We have developed and have put into action plans to navigate this crisis. We will continue to be available to you via email and by phone. We will strive to answer your emails as quickly as possible. As with many other organizations, the Township is closed to the public, however, employees are responding to the needs and concerns of residents. I would ask that you reach out if you have a need that is not being met. We will do our best to help!
I ask that we all be compassionate. Try to understand that everyone will be experiencing additional or unusual stress.
The next few months will be very challenging to all of us, our families, and for Green Brook. How well we weather the storm relies on how well we continue to support each other.
Thank you for all of your efforts. They are appreciated and, together, we will get through this.
Very Best Regards and Be well – Mayor Patrick Boccio
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