Coronavirus (COVID-19) updates

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UPDATES:

APRIL 2, 2020
Please see a video update from Mayor Maley here.
The April 6 Commission Meeting will be held online via Zoom. 7pm meeting link here.
April Planning and Zoning meetings will be rescheduled.

The Easter Bunny will visit Collingswood neighborhoods April 6-11! Details here.

Support Collingswood businesses!
See businesses open for takeout/online shopping here.
See businesses that offer streaming programming and classes here.
Enjoy a free community class/program every Thursday night with #CollingswoodConnects - info here!

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MARCH 27, 2020
Please see a video update from Mayor Maley here. 

PATCO announces temporary station closures and additional schedule modifications. Info here. 

See a list of resources for business here. 
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MARCH 24, 2020
As of 2pm on March 24 there are 3,675 positive cases of COVID-19 in New Jersey, 51 of which are in Camden County. See the interactive NJDOH COVID-19 dashboard here: https://www.nj.gov/health/cd/topics/covid2019_dashboard.shtml

Two positive cases in Collingswood have been identified. See the March 24 Camden County press release here.

Meeting updates:
APRIL 1 - Zoning Board meeting will be rescheduled
APRIL - 6 Commission Meeting will take place as scheduled but as a Zoom streaming meeting. Meeting link will be shared on Collingswood.com prior to the meeting.

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MARCH 21, 2020
To mitigate the impact of COVID-19 and protect the capacity of New Jersey’s health care system for the state’s most vulnerable, Governor Phil Murphy today signed Executive Order No. 107, directing all residents to stay at home until further notice. The order provides for certain exceptions, such as obtaining essential goods or services, seeking medical attention, visiting family or close friends, reporting to work, or engaging in outdoor activities."
See full order below and updates at: https://covid19.nj.gov/

MARCH 19, 2020
As of 2pm on March 19 there are 742 positive cases of COVID-19 in New Jersey, 13 of which are in Camden County. See the interactive NJDOH COVID-19 dashboard here: https://www.nj.gov/health/cd/topics/covid2019_dashboard.shtml

See this morning's video message from Mayor Maley here.

The MARCH 23 Planning Board meeting has been postponed and will be rescheduled.
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MARCH 17, 2020
As of 2pm on March 17 there are 267 positive cases of COVID-19 in New Jersey, three of which are in Camden County. None are in Collingswood. See the interactive NJDOH COVID-19 dashboard here: https://www.nj.gov/health/cd/topics/covid2019_dashboard.shtml

New NJ guidelines: Yesterday (MONDAY, MARCH 16), Governor Phil Murphy announced new restrictions to limit the transmission of COVID-19. Per the state, these include:
Closure of ALL pre-K, K-12 schools, colleges, and universities beginning 3/18
Closure of ALL casinos, racetracks, theaters, gyms
Closure of ALL non-essential retail, recreational, & entertainment businesses after 8PM
Banning gatherings of 50+

All bars and restaurants are closed for eat-in services effective 8:00 PM tonight. After 8PM, these establishments may open for takeout and delivery services ONLY, until further notice. These restrictions exist during daytime hours.

All pre-K through grade 12 schools (public, private, and parochial) and all colleges and universities will close effective Wednesday, March 18th until it’s deemed by health officials to be safe for in-person classes to resume.

We’ve worked closely to ensure that the overall educational and individual needs of students can be met during this closure, including appropriate home instruction and continued access to free and reduced meals.

All non-essential and non-emergency travel in New Jersey is strongly discouraged between the hours of 8:00 PM AND 5:00 AM. This will remain in effect for the foreseeable future. We want everyone to be home – and not out.

CDC guidelines now recommend avoiding groups of 10 or more people. We urge everyone to follow social distancing guidelines to reduce impact to our hospitals and health care system. 

 Borough Hall as well as the Police and Fire Departments are closed to the public but our staff is still working by appointment only. Please see how to reach out to our departments (and other helpful links) here. http://collingswood.com/news_detail_T6_R280.php

Local businesses are facing an incredibly difficult time as social distancing means dwindling revenues that can cripple small businesses. We are talking with our business owners regularly to see how we can best support them. Please consider how you can limit transmission and still support Collingswood businesses by ordering takeout, shopping online, etc. Collingswood is offering free three-hour parking until further notice to reduce transmission through touchpoints on meters and kiosks. We've also added several temporary 15 minute spaces throughout the downtown for easier pickup/takeout service.
See business offering takeout and curbside dining and retail here>> https://conta.cc/2Qpl5oz

For those that need internet access, Comcast and others are offering families two months of free internet access through the Internet Essentials program. If you need internet access, you can sign up for the program by calling 1-855-8-INTERNET (1-855-846-8376) or by going to InternetEssentials.com.

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MARCH 16, 2020
NJ has imposed new curfew and gathering rules. Starting at 8pm tonight, bars and restaurants in New Jersey must be closed for on-premise service and may provide take-out and delivery service only.Drive-throughs, take-out, and delivery services offered by restaurants can continue to operate.

Movie theaters, gyms, and casinos must close temporarily.

All gatherings of 50 people or more must be cancelled or postponed.

Gov. Phil Murphy said Monday people should not leave their homes between 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. to help stop the spread of the coronavirus.


A letter from the Mayor & Commissioners:
Residents and friends of Collingswood,
We'd like to update you on what Collingswood is doing regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19) at the local level. Our teams are working, meeting and evaluating constantly to do our best to keep our community safe. Please do your part to limit transmission by adhering to social distancing guidelines: stay at home as much as possible, wash hands frequently for at least 20 seconds, stay 6 feet away from others and we urge at-risk populations to be especially mindful regarding social interaction. The CDC now recommends that all gatherings of more than 50 people be avoided or canceled for eight weeks.

We have taken several measures to limit transmission in public buildings and spaces as well. All updates, along with more detailed information and resources, are posted here but we've included an overview below. The situation is changing daily so please look for updated information. 
 
Collingswood Public Library and Collingswood Community Center are closed to the public. NJ Courts have suspended Municipal Court sessions from March 16 to March 27. More information here. 

The Collingswood School District issued this directive closing schools as of March 16. Knight Park is open to the public but playgrounds are closed to reduce transmission.

Collingswood Borough Hall remains open to the public for the time being. Borough events, festivals and recreation programs have been suspended until at least April 30. Upcoming Planning (March 23) and Zoning (April 1) boards will be held at the Collingswood Community Center (30 W Collings Ave). See the regular meeting schedule here. Hydrant flushing will continue as scheduled as it is important to not disrupt infrastructure maintenance. Please see the notice about hydrant flushing here.

Collingswood is offering free three-hour parking until further notice to reduce transmission through touchpoints on meters and kiosks. Our businesses are facing an incredibly difficult time as social distancing means dwindling revenues that can cripple small businesses. Please, while practicing social distancing measures, consider how you can support our small businesses by ordering takeout, shopping online, etc. This will be a difficult stretch for our business community and they need your help! We will be following up on this email with a list of businesses that are offering takeout or online specials during this time.
  
Most importantly, we ask that everybody take commonsense precautions to limit the risk of transmission. Collingswood officials are coordinating with county, state and federal agencies to keep up to date on the latest developments and will continue to communicate with the public. While there is no need to panic we do need to work as a team. These social distancing measures are not a casual suggestion. If we all work together to follow these guidelines, we can help limit the impact of this disease.
 
Thank you,

Mayor M. James Maley, Jr. and Commissioners Joan Leonard and Robert Lewandowski



MARCH 14, 2020

As of 2pm on March 14 there are 69 positive cases of COVID-19 in New Jersey, two of which are in Camden County. None are in Collingswood. See the interactive NJDOH COVID-19 dashboard here: https://www.nj.gov/health/cd/topics/covid2019_dashboard.shtml

Collingswood is offering free three hour parking
until further notice to reduce transmission through touch points on meters and kiosks.

Collingswood Public Library  will be closed to the public
starting Sunday, March 15. Staff will be on site to continue working but the building is not open to the public. Return deadlines have been suspended until further notice.
The library is adding additional ebooks to their collection so more patrons can access titles at home from their devices. See ebook collections and resources here: https://www.collingswoodlib.org/all-downloadable-collections

The Collingswood Community Center is closed to the public
starting Monday, March 16. Municipal court at the Community Center will remain open for filings and payments although court sessions have been suspended.

NJ Courts will suspend Municipal Court sessions
from March 16 to March 27. More information here: https://njcourts.gov/pressrel/2020/pr031420a.pdf?c=mYS
Defendants can make payments through the Municipal Court online payment system at NJMCDirect.comNJMCDirect.com

Collingswood Borough Hall
will remain open to the public for the time being.

Collingswood Schools
will shift to remote learning starting March 16. See full information here: https://www.collingswood.k12.nj.us/apps/news/show_news.jsp?REC_ID=617656&id=0

Wellness Week 2020
has been cancelled.

Supporting business:
Our businesses are facing an incredibly difficult time as social distancing means dwindling revenues that can cripple small business. Please, while practicing social distancing measures, consider how you can support our small businesses by ordering takeout, shopping online, etc. This will be a difficult strech for our business community and they need your help!

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MARCH 13, 2020

Our departments continue to talk several times a day to receive and exchange updates. We are working closely with partner agencies to get as much information as possible.

As per NJ state recommendations, please take social distancing measures. All public gatherings of 250 more people should be cancelled. For all events, please  practice commonsense hygiene, like washing hands routinely, staying home if you do not feel well, and keeping a six foot distance from others.

If you must call 911 for an emergency, please report to the 911 dispatcher if you or anyone in your home has flu-like symptoms. This will assure our first responders are prepared.

Governor’s address: You can see the Governor’s Friday address here https://www.facebook.com/governorphilmurphy/videos/1560770527404185/

You can see an interactive, updated COVID-19 dashboard from the NJ Department of Health here: https://www.nj.gov/health/cd/topics/covid2019_dashboard.shtml

Borough buildings are undergoing a deep cleaning over the weekend and will remain open regular hours although all non-essential events have been cancelled.

Meetings: Upcoming Planning (March 23) and Zoning (April 1) boards will be held at the Collingswood Community Center (30 W Collings Ave). See the regular meeting schedule here: http://www.collingswood.com/government/meetings_boards_and_forums/index.php

Collingswood Schools: At this time there is no new information regarding a closure. Follow updates here:https://www.collingswood.k12.nj.us/

Collingswood Recreation programs have been suspended until April 30:
-Middle School Dance, April 16: Cancelled
-Collingswood Community Chorus: Rehearsals canceled until April 30, reschedule May 5 concert if necessary
-Odyssey of the Mind: Practices cancelled until April 30
-Boys travel soccer: Practice/activities cancelled until April 30
-Collingswood Youth Theater: Rehearsals cancelled until April 30, reschedule April 24 & 25 performance
-Girls lacrosse: Season start delayed until May, will reevaluate

All other updates from the MARCH 12 update (below) remain the same but we will continue to update frequently and certainly when we have new information.

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MARCH 12, 2020
Due to the changing landscape of Coronavirus (COVID-19) in our region, Borough officials met today to review steps we will take at the municipal level to minimize the spread of the virus. Our priority is to minimize contact at Borough functions and buildings. We are looking at suspending several non-essential events through April 30, although we will constantly be re-evaluating the status of the virus through the next several weeks. We will be keeping these updates centralized at Collingswood.com.

We are also working very closely with partner agencies such as the Collingswood Board of Education, Camden County and the NJ Department of Health (NJ DOH). Our municipal team is meeting twice a day to discuss how Collingswood can best respond. Here are updates on programming and cancellations in Collingswood:

 Scottish Rite Auditorium / Collingswood Grand Ballroom and Mansion:
-Scottish Rite: All concerts and events in the Theater for the rest of the 2020 spring season are postponed
-Collingswood Grand Ballroom and Mansion: At this time, cancellation of private events at the grand ballroom is at the discretion of the organizer. Organizers will be required to provide guest lists and contact information for all guests. All other functions and performances are postponed.
For more information call 856-858-1000.

Collingswood Public Library:
The library will remain open until further notice. All programs, activities and meetings scheduled are postponed until April 30 unless otherwise stated. For more information visit https://www.collingswoodlib.org/.

Collingswood Senior Community Center:
At this time, the cancellation of private events at the Community Center is at the discretion of the organizer. All non-essential programs, activities and meetings scheduled are postponed until April 30 unless otherwise stated. For more information call 856-854-4440.

Borough Hall/municipal offices/meetings and boards:
Borough Hall/Police/Fire/Public Works are open and all regularly scheduled municipal and board meetings are on as scheduled. Upcoming meetings may change locations, however, so please confirm before attending. Follow Collingswood.com for updates.
You can make tax and utility payments online here https://wipp.edmundsassoc.com/Wipp/?wippid=0412

Courts:
All court events are currently being held as scheduled. For updates, visit https://njcourts.gov/

Collingswood Public Schools:
Collingswood Public Schools will hold half days March 12 and 13 for staff training to develop lesson plans in the event of closures. They are not closing because of any contamination concerns. For updates, visit https://www.collingswood.k12.nj.us/

Recreation programs/recreation sports:
Recreation programs are on as scheduled as of now but subject to possible postponement.

Events:
April festivals and events will likely be postponed due to crowds and attendee contact. Cancellation updates will be posted. Follow Collingswood.com for updates.

Collingswood businesses:
Reduced consumer activity as a result of the virus will have a devastating impact on our businesses. If you shop and dine in person less due to the virus, please remember to order food locally for take-out and delivery and support our businesses online when possible. Buy a gift card for later this year!

Police and Fire responses:
Response practices by Police and Fire will have some modifications in an attempt to reduce the chance of responder exposure. As an example, if police respond to an ambulance call but do not get out of the car, they are doing so to be available if needed, without unnecessarily being exposed to the virus. You may notice changes similar to that. We are trying to reduce exposure so we keep first responders out of quarantine and fully staffed.

We stress again, common-sense measures are key:
• Residents are urged not to panic, but be prepared
• Continue to disinfect and wash hands
• At-risk populations (elderly, compromised immune system, underlying health conditions) should limit social interaction, travel and large gatherings
•Anyone ill should stay home from work or school
• If you are sick, self-isolate
• Contact your primary doctor by phone with concerns
• If ill and have symptoms that mirror COVID-19 symptoms and need to call 911 or go to a hospital, advise 911 of the possibility of contamination. If going directly to a hospital, call ahead and advise them.

We are monitoring this situation closely and will continue to provide as much info as possible.

For updates, please visit the New Jersey Department of Health page here:
https://www.nj.gov/health/cd/topics/ncov.shtml

The NJ DOH Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/NJDeptofHealth/

The Camden County Health and Human Services page here: https://www.camdencounty.com/service/health-human-services/

NJ DOH 24-Hour Toll-Free Hotline: 1-800-222-1222
Trained healthcare professionals are standing by to answer questions about coronavirus.