Update from Mayor Al Morgan
Tuesday 6/16 6:30pm
160 Total Cases
26 Total Deaths
11 Active Cases
Long Term Care (LTC) cases are included in the above NP reporting totals:
Lantern Hill Independent Living:
9 Positive Cases
Lantern Hill LTC:
17 Positive Cases
Spring Grove LTC:
46 Positive Cases
Total LTC Cases: 72
Total LTC Deaths: 20
Total NP Cases w/o LTC: 88
Recovered w/o LTC: 73
Current NP Active Cases w/o LTC: 9
Total NP Deaths w/o LTC: 6
1 New Case (non-LTC)
0 New Deaths
We have 1 new case today (non-LTC) and no new deaths to report. COVID-19 is still here, so please continue following all safety protocols, and practicing social distancing. Please continue to keep our lost, afflicted, and their families in your thoughts and prayers. Please continue to keep a light in your window until every COVID-19 afflicted is recovered. We will continue to keep you updated as we receive confirmed information.
PLEASE NOTE: We will not have updated cases reported to us tomorrow (6/17). We will resume reporting cases on Thursday (6/18).
NJ Department of Consumer Affairs announced a COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Program, which will provide temporary rental assistance to selected low and moderate income households who have experienced unemployment or reduced income due to the pandemic. For more information on the program and how to apply, visit https://www.nj.gov/dca/divisions/dhcr/offices/cverap.html.
The New Jersey Department of Health issued guidance on COVID-19 health and safety protocols for outdoor organized sports activities which are set to resume as of June 22:
https://nj.gov/health/cd/documents/topics/NCOV/COVID_GuidanceForSportsActivities.pdf The guidance permits practices and competitions for low-risk sports (golf, tennis) that do not involve contact, and modified no-contact practices for medium-risk (soccer, baseball, softball) and high-risk (football) sports. Traditional practices and competitions for medium-risk sports are expected to be allowed as of July 6, and on July 20 for high-risk sports. As of now, only outdoor activities will be permitted. Under the guidance, outdoor athletic facilities are permitted to open and be available for organized youth and adult sports activities. Municipalities retain the discretion to open or close municipal fields or facilities for these activities. Each sports program is required to develop a preparation plan that includes social distancing, staggered schedules, screening, equipment cleaning/sanitation, and face covering protocols, among other measures. Programs should consider consistent groups of the same staff, volunteers and athletes, and avoid mixing between groups. Athletes are encouraged to bring their own water bottles and equipment to practices, and equipment sharing should be limited. Practices and games must follow outdoor gathering limits including athletes, staff and any visitors or spectators. Staff and parents/guardians/visitors are required to wear cloth face coverings at practices and games. Athletes are encouraged to wear masks during downtime, but not during physical activity. Nonessential visitors, spectators, staff, volunteers, vendors, members of the media, and activities involving external groups or organizations should be limited as much as possible. The guidance does not apply to professional sports activities or US national team activities. High school sporting activities under the jurisdiction of the New Jersey Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA) must abide by NJSIAA protocols, which shall consider state Health Department guidance, and per Executive Order No. 149, may not resume before June 30. Youth sports summer camps, which are permitted to open July 6, must follow camp standards in addition to the organized sports guidance. https://is.gd/0Widx2
REMINDER – In an effort to protect all New Jersey voters from the spread of COVID-19, Governor Murphy signed Executive Order 144 (https://nj.gov/infobank/eo/056murphy/pdf/EO-144.pdf) to create a modified vote-by-mail election for the July 7th Primary. The order requires that each county’s elections officials send vote-by-mail ballots to all registered Democratic and Republican voters and send VBM ballot applications to unaffiliated and inactive voters. All VBM ballots and VBM ballot applications will come with pre-paid postage. The order also requires opening a minimum of at least one polling place in each municipality, and provided that there are enough poll workers, a minimum of 50 percent of polling places in each county to provide New Jersey voters who may need access to in-person voting opportunities. Polling locations will be required to follow public health standards including ensuring six feet of distance, requiring poll workers to wear face coverings and gloves, frequent sanitization of high-touch areas, and providing sanitization materials to all individuals at a polling place. https://is.gd/cBR9AS
Yesterday was the re-opening of outdoor dining. It was wonderful to see so many friends and neighbors enjoying outdoor meals at our local restaurants on such a beautiful night. It felt like New Providence was coming out of hybernation. It really felt great being around people again and socializing socially distanced. Non-essential retail establishments also reopened. Please support our local small businesses. They need us! Shop New Providence!
Flag Day: If you would like to participate in NP Flag Day, please send your flag photo(s) to firstname.lastname@example.org to be included in the AMERICAN FLAGS ACROSS NEW PROVIDENCE slideshow video. Submission deadline is Friday June 20th 9pm. For more information please visit: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1-8jp8dvw8dGdRQ60g0QxdvSxqV4L-lQgP6fgXmRWBsM/edit
Be well, stay safe, and keep strong! We are one day closer to normalcy. Pioneer Strong!
-Mayor Al Morgan