We appreciate your continued patience during this ongoing health emergency. We realize everyone would like more detailed information related to those testing positive in Randolph, but hope that you understand the reason we do not provide such details. Below is a summary of the most recent information/actions related to the COVID-19 outbreak as well as some helpful links.

CONFIRMED CASES
As of today, there are 6,876 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in New Jersey, 315 of which are in Morris County including 18 confirmed cases in Randolph. Five of the 18 confirmed cases are associated with two households. None of the individuals is currently hospitalized. All individuals considered to be close contacts of the confirmed cases are in the process of being reached and asked to self-quarantine for 14 days.

STATE UPDATE

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The NJ Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) today approved a suite of new programs designed to support businesses and workers facing economic hardship due to the outbreak of the novel coronavirus COVID-19. The package of initiatives includes a grant program for small businesses, a zero-interest loan program for mid-size companies, support for private-sector lenders and Community Development Finance Institutions (CDFIs), funding for entrepreneurs, and a variety of resources providing technical support and marketplace information. Taken together, they will provide more than $75 million of State and private financial support, with the opportunity to grow to more than $100 million if additional philanthropic, State, and federal resources become available. The initiatives will support between 3,000 and 5,000 small and midsize enterprises and are meant to complement recently announced federal economic recovery initiatives. For more information, please see https://bit.ly/2vNz54m

Governor Murphy announced today that President Donald J. Trump has issued a Major Disaster Declaration for the State of New Jersey. The declaration will provide federal assistance to supplement statewide recovery efforts affected by the COVID-19 pandemic beginning on January 20, 2020. For more information, please visit https://nj.gov/governor/news/news/562020/approved/20200326a.shtml

COUNTY UPDATE

On March 23rd, staff from Morris County began working with Homeless Solutions and Morris Habitat for Humanity’s Restore to relocate homeless individuals in an effort to aid social distancing. The goal was to provide a larger space to live at a time when personal space is paramount to physical health. Today the county announced that a shelter for homeless residents, run by nonprofit Homeless Solutions in a county government provided space in Morris Township, has been temporarily expanded to allow social distancing for its residents. The expanded shelter resulted from a donation of a new space by county government and with the donation of gently used furniture provided by Morris Habitat’s ReStore. For more information, please visit https://morriscountynj.gov/2020/03/covid-19-county-works-with-nonprofits-to-help-homeless-residents/

LOCAL UPDATE

The Randolph Rescue Squad (RRS) is collecting N95 masks, eye protection, sterile gowns, disposable gowns, surgical gloves, nitrile gloves, regular masks, and slip resistant shoes. The items will be distributed to St. Clare's Hospital, Dover & Denville campuses, and to Morristown Medical Center. Collections bins will be located outside the RRS building, 780 Route 10 West, and the Randolph Municipal Building, 502 Millbrook Avenue. Residents can drop off items 24/7; RRS volunteers will be collecting items daily. Thank you for your help!

The township recycling center remains open during its regular business hours, Wednesday-Friday 7am-3pm; Saturday 8am-4pm; and Sunday 9am-3pm.

NJ and other COVID-19 Resources:

 

·       NJ COVID-19 Information Hub: https://covid19.nj.gov/

·       Text NJCOVID to 898-211 for text message updates

·       Dial 211 or 1-800-962-1253

·       Information for NJ businesses: https://bit.ly/2QHQ3Zo

·       Mental Health Hotline: 866-202-4357

·       NJ Vet2Vet provides 24/7 services by veterans. Call 866-838-7654, chat online at njvet2vet.com or on social media @njvet2vet

·       Center for Addiction, Recovery, Education and Success (CARES) virtual programming: http://morris.caresnj.org/

·       While AA group meetings are cancelled, AA’s Northern New Jersey Intergroup suggests the international online intergroup for resources: https://www.aa-intergroup.org

·       Diabetes Foundation hotline for individuals living with all types of diabetes to receive a free Backup Emergency Kit – apply by visiting https://diabetesfoundationinc.org/  or calling 973-849-5234.

·       Mental Health Association of Morris and Essex provides helpful information and resources: https://morriscountynj.gov/2020/03/covid-19-caring-for-your-mental-health-during-this-unprecedented-crisis/