WOODLAND PARK, NJ - The Borough Council was presented an update from Dr. Charlene Gungil, Director of Health, County of Passaic, on the COVID-19 pandemic at its Sept. 16 meeting. The presentation helped Mayor Keith Kazmark and council members understand the impact the virus has had on Passaic County and on Woodland Park.
Dr. Gungil reported this latest information on day 187 of the public health emergency, which was declared on March 14. Passaic County has led the state thus far with the highest COVID-19 cumulative incidence rate per 100,000 at 3,729 cases. Following Passaic was Hudson and Union counties.
With a population of 11,908, Woodland Park to date has had 405 COVID-19 confirmed cases and 15 deaths. The cases were split almost evening at 50 percent men and 50 percent women. The positive cases by age breakdown is as follows:
- Ages 30-49: 33 percent
- Ages 50-64: 30 percent
- Ages 65-79: 14 percent
- Ages 18-29: 14 percent
- Ages 80 and up: 8 percent
- Ages 5-17: 3 percent
- Ages 0-4: 1 percent
Dr. Gungil detailed the efforts made by the county on education and awareness to residents of all ages. The mobile testing unit has been out making stops in different municipalities for the last few months. At the Aug. 28 event held at the WP Boys & Girls Club, 319 tests were administered. A number of dates coming up include Thursday, Sept. 24 at the Senior Services offices, 930 Riverview Dr., Totowa from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Friday, Oct. 9 at the Woodland Park Municipal Building from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Testing is free. Residents within the county may attend any test site regardless of which town they reside. Free at-home testing for all county residents is available. Click here for more information.
Dr. Gungil's entire presentation is available here.