Posted Wednesday, March 11th, 2020
Fact-Based Guidance Provided to Municipalities
The Morris County Board of Freeholders is closely monitoring the situation regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19) and has authorized county funding for needs related to this issue. Morris County will employ an epidemiologist and a public health nurse, allowing for a more rapid response to local issues that arise in conjunction with coronavirus.
The Morris County Office of Emergency Management and Office of Health Management are coordinating regularly with officials in all 39 Morris County towns, school districts, and major healthcare providers.
“Morris County has proven time and time again that when the challenges are the greatest, it is the bond that we have fostered with our local governing bodies that will make us successful,” said Freeholder Director Deborah Smith.
Officials across the county are working in concert with the state Department of Health and federal agencies to ensure they have the latest information to best deal with the virus. In particular, county officials are working closely with Atlantic Health and Saint Clare’s Health.
Connections have also been made with the large network of nonprofits that serve Morris County. It is vital that these providers are able to continue to provide the diverse and often essential support to the community.
“County residents should be assured that we are taking all necessary steps to be prepared to deal with this virus,’’ said Freeholder Tom Mastrangelo. “Significant coordination has occurred and will continue to occur so that resources may be shared in the most effective way.’’
The following are tips provided by the Morris County Office of Health Management (consistent with CDC recommendations) to protect yourself and others from respiratory infections, including the coronavirus (COVID-19):
Residents are asked to avoid rumors and some less-than-accurate reports about this virus. Keep informed by obtaining information from trusted and reliable sources, including the CDC, NJDOH, and their local health departments:
CDC’s COVID-19 website: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/index.html
N.J. Department of Health COVID-19 website: https://www.nj.gov/health/cd/topics/ncov.shtml
NJ COVID-19 Information Public Call Center: 1-800-222-1222.
For your local health department, see the Morris County Office of Health Management website: https://health.morriscountynj.gov/public/healthdepts/.