Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update 4/7/2020

From Mayor Linda H. Schwager
Coronavirus Update 4/7/2020

Virtual Council Meeting Tonight:

Due to the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency, tonight’s Borough Council Meeting will be held online.

Members of the public who wish to participate in the meeting may do so by joining online or over the phone at 7:30 p.m. Individuals will be able to fully participate in the meeting, including providing public comment.

Joining the Meeting:

Join online at:

Or join by phone by dialing one of the below numbers and entering the Webinar I.D. when prompted:

  • +1 929 205 6099 US (New York)
  • +1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)
  • +1 669 900 6833 US (San Jose)
  • +1 253 215 8782 US
  • +1 301 715 8592 US
  • +1 346 248 7799 US (Houston)

Meeting I.D.: 689 982 401

Participating during the public comment portion of the meeting:

During public comment parts of the meeting, if you would like to speak, please click the “Raise Hand” button, and we will be notified of your request to speak. Mayor Schwager will recognize you, and your microphone will be un-muted to allow you to speak. Once you have completed speaking, your mic will be re-muted.

On computers, the “Raise Hand” button can be found in the webinar controls section, typically at the bottom of your screen. If you raise your hand on accident, feel free to “Lower Hand”.\

Raise Hand

Lower Hand

On a mobile device the “Raise Hand” and “Lower Hand” buttons are typically found in the lower left corner of the screen.

If you are joining by dialing in, you can simply dial *9 and toggle between “Raise Hand” and “Lower Hand”.

Raise Hand         Lower Hand

State Parks and Forests Closed:

Governor Murphy announced that effective at 8pm on Tuesday, April 7, 2020, all state parks and forests will be closed until further notice. This full closure includes all park lots, grounds, facilities, trails, playgrounds. All park gates and entrances are CLOSED. Trail use is PROHIBITED. Save yourself the trip and STAY HOME to help limit the spread of COVID-19. New Jersey State Park Police will patrol park areas to ensure the public is following the Governor’s directives to stay home to help limit the spread of COVID-19.

  • To keep your family and our entire New Jersey family safe, stay home, practice good hygiene and follow all State and CDC guidelines concerning COVID-19.
  • To learn more about COVID-19 or find resources, go to https://www.COVID19.NJ.GOV, text NJCOVID to 898-211, or call 211.
  • For updated parks information, visit the Division of Parks and Forestry’s website:

REAL I.D. Deadline Extension:

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security pushed back the deadline for obtaining a REAL I.D. to October 1, 2021.

FAFSA Update:

Governor Phil Murphy has extended the deadline for eligible college students to apply for a renewal of state tuition aid for the 2020-2021 academic year from April 15, 2020 to June 1, 2020. If you receive aid through HESSA, New Jersey Higher Education Assistance Authority, you have until June 1, 2020 to get your FAFSA form in

COVID-19 and Pets:

On April 5, 2020, the USDA reported the first confirmed case of COVID-19 infection in an animal in the United States. This case is the first confirmed infection in a tiger in the world. This is also the first animal reported to be sick with a confirmed COVID-19 infection in the world. It’s important to remember that dogs and cats have their coronaviruses, which cannot spread to people. Further studies are needed to understand if and how different animals could be affected by COVID-19 and we are continuing to learn more every day. CDC continues to recommend that people sick with COVID-19 isolate themselves from other people and animals, including pets, during their illness until we know more about how this virus affects animals.

Blood Donations:

Blood and plasma donations are needed. See below for specific information about routine blood

donations and plasma donation.

Routine Blood donations:

Donors should check with the local blood centers (American Red Cross Blood Services, New York Blood Center, Vitalant Blood Center, Miller-Keystone Blood Center) for specific requirements for donations.

When going to donate blood, potential donors will be asked about their health, travel history – both internationally and within the U.S., if they've been tested for COVID-19, and if they've had close contact with someone who may have had COVID-19. Also, at the time of arrival at the blood center, donor staff may take the temperature of potential donors. The blood centers are asking that donations be on an appointment-only basis to maintain safe practices for the donor staff and to consistently follow all social distancing guidelines for donor safety.

Blood donations are not being screened for COVID-19. Negative COVID-19 test results are not required to donate blood. Do not donate blood if you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.

American Red Cross blood donation centers:

Convalescent plasma donations: (plasma from individuals who tested positive for COVID-19 but are recovered)

Prospective donors should contact the local blood centers (American Red Cross Blood Services, New York Blood Center, Vitalant Blood Center, Miller-Keystone Blood Center) or check their websites for the options and specific requirements for collection of convalescent plasma. Prospective donors can also check with their local hospital for availability.

Comfort for NJ:

The USNS Comfort, a 1,000 bed Navy hospital ship currently docked in Manhattan, will begin accepting New Jersey patients.


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