Resources to monitor
COVID 19 INFORMATION HUB
CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL & PREVENTION
STATE OF NEW JERSEY DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
BOROUGH OF WESTWOOD
BOROUGH OF WESTWOOD HEALTH DEPARTMENT
NEW JERSEY STATE BAR FOUNDATION
U.S. SENATOR MENENDEZ
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information
March 27, 2020
Dear Westwood Residents,
At the Mayor and Council meeting on Tuesday, March 25th, I announced that I am forming a COVID 19 – Economic Recovery Task Force. The task force will be comprised of Westwood stakeholders most adversely impacted by this unprecedented event. While we continue to follow the CDC recommendations, as well as the Governor’s Executive Orders, in our efforts to fight the public health challenges of this virus, we must also begin planning for the economic recovery that MUST follow – especially for our small businesses and citizens who will endure the most pain during, and in the aftermath of, this crisis.
The task force’s mission will be to develop and implement strategies, seek out and utilize various governmental and private resources; in order to preserve and stabilize what we might otherwise stand to lose. And it will work to pull the rest out of the wreckage.
This is going to take a united Westwood, and an all-hands-on deck approach. It is going to be about Westwood, nothing more and nothing less. Every elected official will be part of this organized recovery effort. Some have already begun its work:
· Council President Chris Montana (Liaison to the Westwood Chamber of Commerce) and Councilwoman Jodi Murphy are currently working with our Central Business District merchants to figure out how to best promote the limited business that Governor Murphy’s Executive Order #107 allows.
· Councilwomen Erin Collins (Liaison to the Local Assistance Board) and Councilwoman Cheryl Hodges (Liaison to the Board of Health) are working with the Westwood House, the Riley Center, and an ad hoc group of truly compassionate resident volunteers to provide meals, maintain the Borough’s food pantry and schedule escorted shopping trips for our local seniors who are struggling during this time.
· Councilman Rob Bicocchi will bring his years of Planning Board experience and his profession as a procurement/ facilities manager to assist in the recovery.
· Councilwoman Beth Dell, as Finance Liaison, can also work closely with the staffs of our Federal, State and County representatives to identify legislative programs intended to assist us in our efforts. She has already been in touch with Assemblywoman Holly Schepisi’s office, which is currently tracking and cataloging these programs.
My job, since becoming Mayor in January, will be to place our Council people, with their considerable talents and interests, in the best position for Westwood to succeed in this mission. I will do whatever it takes to facilitate that success. A proactive commitment to our public/private, recovery efforts will largely determine what our town shall become – upon emerging from this unprecedented event.
Rather than succumb to the divisive and destructive partisanship that infects our national politics – Westwood’s current, bipartisan group of elected representatives is, I think, uniquely poised to demonstrate what mutual respect and cooperation can achieve in serving the interests of the people WE were elected, or appointed, to represent.
I expect to have further announcements with respect to the Economic Recovery Task Force in the coming weeks.
Mayor Ray Arroyo
Executive Order by Governor Murphy--regarding business' closing.
March 17, 2020 FROM THE BOROUGH OF WESTWOOD
Dear Westwood Residents,
The Borough of Westwood continues to monitor the evolving situation surrounding the Coronavirus (COVID-19). As such, please be advised of the following updates:
For more specific information regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19) visit the CDC website at www.cdc.gov or call the CDC hotline – 1-800-232-4636. Links for more information can also be found on our website www.westwoodnj.gov.
We will continue to put updates out as needed on social media channels and our website – www.westwoodnj.gov. Please ensure you are signed up for our emergency reverse 911 system and our email alerts. Both of these can be found on our website as well.
Mayor Ray Arroyo
March 10, 2020
The Westwood Public Library is taking measures to help prevent the spread of infection. Public surfaces and computers are receiving an increased frequency of disinfection and wipes, hand sanitizing products are available for the public to use at the front desk. Toys and puzzles have been removed from the children's department. We ask that patrons refrain from bringing food or snacks into the library and the library will not be selling snacks.
We ask everyone to monitor their health and if feeling unwell to stay home. Frequent hand washing, staying home when sick, and covering coughs and sneezes helps reduce the spread of infection significantly.
Currently, the Library is operating under normal hours and programming schedules. We're following directions from state and local health officials.
Sharing accurate information from trusted sources is critical to reduce misinformation. Find reliable and current information about the outbreak from local, state, and national agencies below.
Information from Local, State, and National Agencies
CORONAVIRUS PHONE CALL INFORMATION
WHO (World Health Network)
1-800-222-1222 (NJ State Hotline 24/7)
Please be aware that the Coronavirus information is constantly changing. It is very important to direct callers to the above links and refrain from answering questions.
WESTWOOD BOARD OF HEALTH
101 WASHINGTON AVENUE, WESTWOOD, NJ 07675Phone 201-664-7100 x129
As you are aware, the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), first detected in Wuhan, China, has received widespread coverage as it continues to spread around the world and now in the United States. Coronavirus is a type of common virus that can infect your respiratory tract. It can spread much like other cold viruses. Almost everyone gets a coronavirus infection at least once in their life, most likely as a young child.
Sometimes a novel (meaning “new”) type of coronavirus emerges and begins infecting humans. The type of coronavirus that has recently emerged in Wuhan, China, is a new type of coronavirus and is infecting people for the first time, which means people do not have any immunity to it. Additionally, there is no vaccine available.
While the CDC considers this to be a public health concern, based on current information, the immediate health risk from the 2019-nCoV (COVID-19) to the general public in the U.S. is considered low at this time. As surveillance continues, it is expected that more cases will be identified.
The Westwood Board of Health, under the guidance of the New Jersey Department of Health (NJDOH), is monitoring the situation closely and is working collaboratively with both the state and federal agencies.
To limit the risk of spread, health officials are working with healthcare providers to promptly identify and evaluate anyone they think may have the virus. The following is a list of steps you can take to prevent the spread of the flu and the common cold and will also help prevent coronavirus.
Creating a household plan can help protect your health and the health of those you care about in the event of an outbreak of COVID-19 in your community. You should base the details of your household plan on the needs and daily routine of your household members.
The NJDOH Coronavirus Call Center is open 24/7 and can accommodate callers in multiple languages.
NJ Dept. of Health 1-800-222-1222.
The CDC also is available to answer questions about the Coronavirus.
Center for Disease Control: 1-800-232-4636
The following web links may also be helpful:
New Jersey DOH
Centers for Disease Control
World Health Organization