PATERSON, NJ - Passaic County Freeholder Director Sandi Lazzara has announced a series of steps taken by her colleagues to help keep the community safe and limit the further spread of COVID-19, coronavirus.

Included in these is giving County Administrator Anthony DeNova emergency powers including the authorization to close non-essential county buildings and cancel all public meetings until further notice.

“All of these actions are based on recommendations and guidance from local, state, and federal health professionals as well as Governor Phil Murphy’s administration,” Lazzara said. “Further all non-essential county employees will be instructed to work from home beginning Wednesday. County public safety officers and county employees deemed essential to public safety will continue working to keep residents and families safe. 

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Lazzara also announced that county officials are working with their counterparts in Bergen County to open drive through testing capabilities as soon as possible.  The testing will only be available to residents that are referred by a physician through web-based technology.   

The meeting of the Passaic County Freeholder Board scheduled for Tuesday, March 24, will be closed to the public in order to prevent any public gatherings that could potentially spread the virus.