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Clark Township News

Posted on: March 21, 2020

COVID 19 Update on behalf of Mayor Bonaccorso

4/4/20

Good afternoon everyone,

I want to thank everyone who drove by to wave to the Easter Bunny this afternoon. Our Recreation Director, wishes we could have celebrated in our usual fashion, but with the circumstances, this had to do this year. But everyone knows Ralph will have Town Hall decorated and ready for the next event we can all share together. I want to thank Ralph for making this happen today, and for putting smiles on all our kids’ faces through this time.

I now wanted to update everyone with Clark’s numbers. The Health Officer had 10 new reports of COVID19. Out of these reports, 2 were out of jurisdiction, and 7 were confirmed.

The County provided the following numbers:

200 new deaths in NJ; State total now 846

This includes 21 new deaths in Union County for a total of 66 UC deaths.

4,341 new positive cases in NJ; State total now 34,124

This includes 287 new cases in Union County for a total of 2,916 Union County positive cases.

I know these numbers are climbing, and can be alarming. I urge everyone to do their part and stay home. It’s important to social distance and stay only with your immediate family. Let’s continue to pray for those who are sick, and send our deepest sympathies to the families that have experienced loss. Thank you, and as always I will update you as information is obtained.


4/3/20

Happy Friday everyone,

I hope this update finds you well. I have a few items I want to share today. First I will share Clark’s COVID 19 numbers. The Township had 7 new cases today, 9 cases closed as recovered or recovering. The Health Officer continues to repot 2 have been hospitalized, and 2 cases still febrile after 2 weeks. Everything is being monitored closely by the Health Officer, and we continue to ask everyone to send their well wishes and prayers.

The County has provided the following new COVID 19 cases for today:

New Jersey: 4,372 Total New Jersey: 29,895
Union County: 251 Total Union County: 2,487
NJ Deaths: 113 Total NJ Deaths: 646
Union County Deaths: 11 Total UC Deaths: 45

I wanted to also take the time to share the following link: https://jobs.covid19.nj.gov/?Facets.filterbox.filter0=%5B%5D&Facets.filterbox.filter1=%5B%5D I know that many are out of work due to the virus. I’m happy to report there are 540 companies that are hiring for over 46,000 jobs. Please see the link for more information.

Furthermore, it has been brought to my attention that the Community Food Bank of New Jersey is in need of volunteers to help pack emergency food boxes for food insecure families and individuals. Please contact them directly at 908-355-3663, and see how you can help safely.


Moreover, we are getting several requests to sign up for the email blasts. Please visit: https://secure.rec1.com/NJ/clark-recreation-nj/catalog and create an account. This is our recreation portal, but you don’t need to sign up for classes to receive the emails.

Lastly, please see the following link for the temporary recycling schedule: https://www.ourclark.com/175/Recycling-Schedule. This is the schedule PMUA gave us. We didn’t make the change. It is just temporary and we will update you when it returns to the old schedule.

I hope everyone enjoys the weekend, I will update you as information comes. Please stay home and social distance. Thank you.


4/2/20

Good evening everyone,

Clark had 5 new cases of COVID 19 today. The Heath Officer reports that 15 out of the 33 reported on 4/1/20 have been closed as either recovered, or recovering. Let’s continue to pray for each of them, and wish for speedy recoveries.

The County reported the following new cases today:

  • NJ: 3,489; Total: 25,590
  • Union County: 152; Total: 2,010
  • Unknowns: 1,818
  • New Deaths in NJ: 182; Total: 537; Union County: 5; Total:34

The Governor reported that they are planning on opening up 3-4 pop-up hospitals which would give an additional 100-200 beds each. More information, will follow with this in a few days.

I wanted to also clarify. We sent an email out this morning informing everyone that at this time we will not be issuing grass bags. This doesn’t mean we aren’t going to pick-up. If you do not want to mulch your grass, you will need to use your own bags.

In addition, we have received several emails pertaining to Shoprite. I understand everyone is concerned. This is one of the most popular stores in town. However, the information that we provided yesterday is directly from Shoprite. We do not have any further information. I apologize for that, but my staff cannot provide any additional information.

I ask that everyone continue to stay home, and stay well. Please be sure to continue to follow the daily updates, for the updates are not just for COVID 19, but also services in town. If you should have any questions you can email jkobliska@ourclark.com. Thank you and I will update you all tomorrow.  




4/1/20

Good evening everyone,

I hope that this message is finding everyone well. I wanted to start tonight’s update with the Clark’s numbers first. The Health Department has reported between 3/19-4/1 there were a total of 36 COVID 19 reports received. Out of these, 36, 2 were negative, 1 was out of jurisdiction. The Health Department is working diligently with investigations, and follow-ups. We continue to request residents to only reach out to the Health Officer if you cannot find your answer in any of our prior cases.

I’d like to now update you on the County and States numbers. Please see the numbers directly from the County:

New positive cases in New Jersey: 3,649, bringing the state total to 22,255

This includes 138 new cases in Union County, bringing the county total to 1,661

91 New deaths state wide, bringing the state total to 355

This includes 5 new fatalities in Union County, bringing the county total to 29

There are 1,718 unknown cases

We are not reporting numbers by town because we do not have that information.

As our numbers continue to climb, I ask that we continue to pray for speedy recoveries. I also, want to urge everyone that it is important that we are staying home and social distancing. As the weather gets nicer, I understand that everyone wants/needs some fresh air, but please do so from the perimeter of your homes. You can take a walk, bike ride, or a run, but keep your distance. THIS IS NOT TIME FOR NORMAL BUSINESS.

Thank you everyone. Please stay well, and I will update you all tomorrow.

Mayor Sal


3/31/20

Good evening everyone,

I just spoke to the Health Officer, and Clark has a total of 19 positive COVID 19 cases. As more tests become available, we are going to see more positive cases. I don’t want this to raise panic in any of you, however, I do want each of you to remember it isn’t business as usual. It is important to stay away from others, and stay home. Let’s try and keep the curve down.

In addition, the Health Officer is busy handling investigations, follow-ups, and her normal duties. If you have questions pertaining to the virus please see our press releases and previous posts, for they have a lot of the answers to your questions.

Thank you and have a good night.

Mayor Sal


3/31/20

Good afternoon everyone. The numbers just arrived from the County. Please see below for the numbers:

  • 69 new deaths in NJ ranging in age from 27 to 99 years of age; 267 deaths  total statewide
  • 9 deaths in Union County bringing UC death total to 24
  • 2,196 new cases in New Jersey for a total of 18,696.
  • 111 new cases in Union County bringing Union County total to 1,418
  • 3,686 unknown cases

Please remember that these numbers are fluid. I continue to urge everyone to stay home and social distance.

I also wanted to use today’s update to inform small businesses about the COVID 19 Economic Package. Attached you will find the Flyer. However, you can also visit: cv.business.nj.gov

Thank you and if I receive any additional information I will be sure to share. Have a good night everyone and god bless.  

-Mayor Bonaccorso


3/30/20

A Message from Mayor Bonaccorso:

Good evening everyone. I hope this update is finding everyone well. As promised, I wanted to give Clark Residents and update. The County just sent over the following numbers for today:

NEW CASES

New Jersey 3,347 TOTAL 16,636

Union County 226 TOTAL 1,213

1,508 Unknowns


DEATHS

New Jersey 37 TOTAL 198

Union County 4 TOTAL 15


I want to remind everyone that the numbers are fluid. As the County continues to test we’re going to see more and more positive cases not only in Clark, but in the County, and State. I encourage residents to please stay home and keep your distance from others. This is to not only help ourselves but our loved ones, health professionals, and public safety officers. So please be smart and help keep these numbers down as much as possible.

The Governor’s Office has also provided me with some updates. These are the updates:

· PNC Bank signed on to the 90 day mortgage grace period.

· Updates to EO 107

o Car dealerships may sell vehicles online and deliver to homes or provide curbside pickup.

o Realtors can show houses using 1:1 ration and social distancing.

o Golf Courses must be closed.

o Fire arms dealers may be open by appointment only.

o ABC is allowing brew pubs to home deliver.

· A joint federal/state task force is being launched to combat unlawful hoarding, price gouging, etc.

· Unlawful gathering will be cracked down on and people will be prosecuted.


Thank you and I will update you as I obtain any new information. Stay healthy, safe, and god bless you all.



3/29/20

Message from Mayor Sal:

I wanted to take a moment to let everyone know that Clark received a 9th positive case late last night.This case is still under investigation. As per the Health Officer, Nancy Raymond, 4 out of the 9 have recovered and have been discharged from the Health Dept. The case contacts have reported being asymptomatic.

Also, I want to remind everyone to please keep their cars locked. Criminals are aware that your vehicles are parked and unoccupied, so don’t make it any easier for them to get into your cars.

Moreover, yesterday at approximately 510 pm there was a serious motor vehicle accident on Brant Ave. at Grand St. If you witnessed this accident please call Det. Sgt. Christian Lott at 732-215-8447.

I urge everyone to stay home and social distance. I know it is hard but it is crucial that we all do this. Enjoy the rest of your Sunday and I will update you as I obtain more information.


3/28/20

Message from Mayor Sal:

I first want to thank all the Clark Residents who participated in Take-out Friday. Our local restaurants did very well, and cannot thank us enough for our support. Remember to keep showing your support through out this crisis.

Secondly, I wanted to update you that Clark had 2 additional positive COVID 19 cases today. This brings Clark’s total to 8. The health officer has completed her investigation.

Thirdly, I want to remind everyone to please keep their cars locked. Criminals are aware that your vehicles are parked and unoccupied, so don’t make it any easier for them to get into your cars.

Moreover, tonight at approximately 510 pm there was a serious motor vehicle accident on Brant Ave. at Grand St. If you witnessed this accident please call Det. Sgt. Christian Lott at 732-215-8447.

In conclusion, let’s all continue to pray and wish for speedy recoveries to all who have contracted the virus. I continue to urge everyone to stay home and social distance. I know it is hard but it is crucial that we all do this. Have a good night and I will update you as I obtain more information.


3/26/2020

Message from Mayor Sal:

I’m happy to report there are no new cases in Clark today. I urge everyone to continue to stay home and safe. I also want to remind everyone to join me in Clark’s Take-out Friday tomorrow. Have a good night everyone and I’ll update you all tomorrow.

3/25/2020

A Message from the Mayor:

I am sorry to report that Clark had 2 additional COVID 19 cases reported today. This brings our total to 6 in the Township. Our Health Officer, has already completed her investigation on the 2 new cases. On a brighter note, she also followed up with the 4 prior cases and they’re all recovering well. Let’s continue to pray and wish them a speedy recovery. In conclusion, I will continue to update each of you daily. Please continue to stay home and help flatten the curve. Thank you!

3/23/2020 

A message from Mayor Sal Bonaccorso:

I’d like to take the time to inform our community that we have 2 additional confirmed cases in Clark Township. Our Health Officer, Nancy Raymond has already conducted her investigation. If you weren’t contacted then you were not a direct contact. I’d like to take this time to also remind residents that as per HIPAA Laws that is all the information that we can disclose.

 In addition, as the days go on, and testing continues, we are going to see the numbers increase with positive cases. I don’t want this to cause panic, but I do want to urge everyone to stay at home, continue social distancing, and wash your hands. This will help flatten the curve.

Furthermore, I want to inform residents, that I have taken the measures to protect our Township Employees, Police Officers, Fire Fighters, and EMT’s. They are diligently working to continue services for everyone. Each week I’m having all buildings cleaned to help keep their exposure down.

Lastly, I to live and work in Clark. I also, have the same concerns as each of you. With that said, I again urge everyone to follow our health officials’ directions. Stay in, social distance, and wash your hands! If you should have any questions you can email mayor@ourclark.com. Thank you and god bless each and every one of you as we get through this as a community.


3/21/2020

A message from Mayor Bonaccorso:


To further protect the health, safety, and welfare of NJ residents, Governor Murphy has just implemented a Stay at Home Order. As of 9pm tonight all non-essential businesses will be closed. The following establishments qualify as essential establishments: grocery/food stores; pharmacies; gas stations; auto repair; baby stores; pet stores; banks and financial institutions; hardware stores; laundry mats; restaurants with take out. The Governor has the full executive order on: https://nj.gov/infobank/eo/056murphy/approved/eo_archive.html. The last two executive orders 107 and 108 are updated as of today.


As your Mayor, I urge each of you to stay home and help flatten the curve. Only leave your home if you need critical household essentials. If you are feeling sick do not pick up essential items. As our Governor reminds us, this isn’t a time to panic, but it isn’t a time for business as usual either. If you feel the urge to get out of your house by all means you can take a walk, go for a run, ride your bike, etc., but remember to keep your 6ft distance from others.


I understand this is a scary time, but we all need to follow the direction from our leaders. By listening we can flatten the curve, expand testing, and expand our healthcare capacities. As always I am here to listen and can be reached at mayor@ourclark.com. Please be sure to follow our daily updates on COVID-19. Thank you and stay safe everyone.


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