Mayor's Message - March 31, 2020e-mail Mayor Runfeldt
Today in Lincoln Park we have experienced our largest number of new positive COVID-19 cases for one day. There have been 7 new positive tests which brings us to 28 confirmed cases here in Lincoln Park. We have also added to our numbers of “RECOVERED” cases which now totals 6. It is important to know that we have expected and prepared for these increasing numbers. In fact, we fully expect the number of positive cases to continue to rise through at least mid, and possibly all of, the month of April. Keep in mind, that even when cases begin to decline, there will continue to be transmission for a period of time. This is the main reason that most of the CDC, federal, state and local directives and recommendations have been extended through April 30th.
Regarding the positive cases in town, the vast majority are recovering at home, though there are some who have required hospitalization. A large number of our new cases have some sort of familial or personal relationship to other positive cases. There are now 6 of our neighbors who have recovered from the disease. Although I consider this to be “good” news in the overall pattern of disease transmission in our town, it should not diminish from how serious this disease is and how important adhering to the recommended precautions are.
Please keep in mind; even the most restrictive recommendations are only effective if they are followed. Allowing only a certain number of people into a store at one time does very little if you stand directly next to someone on line, touch items unnecessarily or discard used gloves on the floor, in shopping carts or in parking lots. Yes, sad that I have to point this out, but it needs to be said.
Yesterday during Governor Murphy's press conference, he asked volunteers in the following fields to step forward. If you are a retired doctor or nurse, former member of our Armed Services medical corps, current nursing or medical student, or EMT, and would be willing to help, click on the following link…https://covid19.nj.gov/volunteer
There is also a need for volunteers in the field of mental health. Please follow this link if you are a mental health or related professional who would like to volunteer…Volunteer here to help supplement NJ’s health care capacity on a temporary basis.
My administration remains in constant contact with our state and county partners, and we will release additional information as it is provided. 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.
Mayor David Runfeldt