Hello I am Mayor Paul Medany.
It is March 31, 2020 our third week of closures and distancing. On behalf of Deptford Township council this is our update on Covid19.
We always start with statistics this is the latest that we have:
Deptford Township has 15 confirmed cases. Gloucester County has 120. New Jersey has 18,696 cases confirmed and sadly we have 267 residents that have succumbed to this virus of the State. Also, there are 2,196 positive cases as of today the 31st.
As always we start with our websites. Deptford-nj.org. Look on there we have a coupon to local pizza shops for a discount on your food order.
www.deptford-nj.org Email us let us know how you’re doing
www.COVID19.nj.gov For general information
www.nj.gov/labor This is for employment help
www.jobs.covid19.nj.gov Job listings
www.redcrossblood.org Blood donations are needed
These are all on our website if you didn’t catch them. Go on there and take a look. Make sure you look them there’s great information on all of them.
I want to go in a different direction today. We mentioned cancellations and closures but here are things no one can cancel or close that you can do for yourself and for your family:
Go outside and look at the trees and flowers. Don’t forget it is Spring and it’s a beautiful time of the year. Reading books, we all thought they were a thing of the past not too long ago but go dust some off or borrow one and read a book.
Exercise you don’t need a gym or equipment there are so many ways to work out alone. Take a walk just self-distance. Learn something new like picking up the old guitar or planting your garden this year early.
Don’t forget even in this crisis you’re allowed to smile and laugh and there are a lot of people who can use that right now especially our senior citizens. We are forever optimistic but we must be realistic about this. All our protocols always remain in place. Stopping the spread of this virus is our only weapon to fight this.
Unbelievably we still do not have enough test kits, we have a shortage of protective equipment and our hospitals are approaching full capacity if they are not there already and some of them are. The slow response by the Federal Government set us far behind the curve and we need equipment now! That’s why it’s up to each one of us to continue this fight and listen to medical experts because we have to protect ourselves and we have to protect our health care professionals.
The only way to get out of this is social distancing. Do not gather in groups, we cannot say this enough. Stay isolated as best you can. We know it’s difficult but it’s the only way to fight this. Protect yourself as well as others since we do not even know for sure who is a carrier at this point. Do not use our playground equipment it is not sterilized, it is not safe.
Do these five things and we keep repeating these. Don’t touch your face, wash your hands for at least 20 seconds, clean and disinfect frequently, cough and sneeze into your arm or use a tissue and throw it away right away and practice social distancing. Do not relax the rules, don’t have parties, sterilize door knobs, and don’t lend someone your cell phone or tablet.
We want to thank you to everyone offering help and donating protective equipment. It is all being used to protect our emergency responders. Folks dropped off Tyvek suits, masks and gloves, thank you for those donations they are being well used.
At the Township we are operating government to provide all municipal services. Our employees are doing a great job. Everyone we thank them they are keeping government running under such stressful conditions and we can’t thank them enough. We are working and looking ahead to when this is over. There will be so much work to do to get everything back to what we called normal which will never be normal for a long time.
We are constantly stressing these protocols because it is easy to fall in to the mindset that the weather is nice and the rules are relaxed. They are not, the rules are not relaxed, and we have to keep following them!
All of our Deptford Township events and reservations for things like Fasola Park are on hold for now and that goes for everything.
And please pay attention to scams, that’s another thing we want to remind you about, they are becoming much more prevalent. There’s phone scams, there’s letters coming out, there’s knocks on your door. They are out there and con-artists will take advantage of you during this time.
To close we must stop the spread of this virus. It’s our only way to fight it. Be a part of it and stay safe for everyone’s sake, you and your family and all of our neighbors. Thank you.
Reduce the risk of contracting viruses:
- Avoid close contact with individuals who are at risk.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol, if soap and water are not available.
- Stay at home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
Contact the NJ Coronavirus Center hotline at 800-222-1222
Mayor Paul Medany & Township Council
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