Mayor's Message - March 30, 2020e-mail Mayor Runfeldt
Mayor David Runfeldt
Over the weekend and through this morning we have had additional positive tests in Lincoln Park that now bring our total to 21 confirmed cases of COVID-19. The majority of these cases are recovering at home. As expected, several of our new cases are the spouse of a previous positive case. There are also two additional residents who have now "RECOVERED" from the virus, bringing our total to 4 recovered of the 21 positive cases we are tracking.
Now is as important as ever to continue our vigilance in practicing the recommendations of the CDC, the NJ Department of Health and local health officials.
I am sure that many of you have heard about the tragedy that happened at a nursing home in Passaic County. I want to assure you that our Health Department and the Supervisory personnel from the nursing home facility here in Lincoln Park are in constant contact and we feel they are very well prepared. In fact, prior to any emergency declarations from the state or federal government, several weeks ago the LP Health Department hosted a table top exercise with our Office of Emergency Management and our various municipal departments, first responders, Board of Education and Public partners such as Shop-Rite and the nursing homes. The nursing home made the decision the day after that exercise to extremely limit public access to their facilities and their patients. This was many days before they were ordered to do so by the Governor. I am confident that the proactive actions we have taken as your town officials and the willingness of the nursing home to make this important decision early on will help us as we go forward.
As I have stated many times, my administration remains in constant contact with our state and county partners, and we will release additional information as it is provided. As both Mayor and Emergency Management Coordinator, I can be on 3 or 4 conference calls a day with various county, state and federal agencies. Our borough administrator, health officials, Police and first responders are often on as many, or more, calls daily as well.
The State of New Jersey has set up a comprehensive website covering many questions you may have regarding COVID-19, as well as a telephone hotline. For more information, please visit www.covid19.nj.gov
or call 211. Our Borough website www.bolp.org
also has a tremendous amount of information for you as well.
Please remember to consult your personal doctor if you exhibit any symptoms of illness. I will continue to provide accurate and up-to-date information as quickly as possible.