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Clark Township News

Posted on: March 21, 2020

COVID 19 Update on behalf of Mayor Bonaccorso

7/1/20

The Health Officer reports for the period ending on June 30:

2237 Reports received
34 out of jurisdiction
1002 Negative
1064 not classified as a case
237 Positive
235 investigated and cleared
2 pending
No COVID 19 deaths reported for Clark Residents

For questions please reach out to the Health Officer directly at 732-428-8405.

6/26/20

The Health Officer reports 237 positive COVID 19 cases, with 234 cleared, and 3 pending. For State numbers please visit https://covid19.nj.gov/.

The Governor has announced June 29th retail malls can reopen at 50%. He also announced that the following can open on July 2nd:

  • Casinos—25% capacity
  • Indoor Dining—25% capacity
  • Playgrounds
  • Outdoor amusement—50% capacity
  • Water Parks—50% capacity
  • Museums—25% capacity
  • Aquariums—25% capacity

Furthermore, on July 3rd outdoor gatherings will increase to 500 people.

The Department of Education will be putting out guidelines about the 2020-2021 school year. Information pertaining to the upcoming school year will come directly from Clark BOE.

Looking ahead:

Saturday, June 27th—Zone 2 Recycling. Please place carts curbside tonight.
Saturday, June 27th—Electronic Drop-off 9am-1pm at the DPW Garage or until container is full.
Thursday, July 2nd—Zone 1 Recycling—please place carts curbside Wednesday evening. This change is due to the holiday, and will go back to Saturdays.
Tuesday, June 2nd—Grass pick-up
Saturday, July 4th—FIRE WORK CELEBRATION CANCELLED—moved to Sunday, September 6th
Monday, July 6th—Ward 1 Bulky Waste, please make appointments by July 2nd by emailing dpw@ourclark.com. Any appointments made after 3pm will not be accepted.
Monday, July 6th—Appliance pick-up, please make appointments by July 2nd by emailing dpw@ourclark.com. Any appointments made after 3pm will not be accepted.

Thank you and if you should have any questions email jkobliska@ourclark.com. Have a great weekend.

6/19/20

The Health Officer reports COVID 19 numbers as of Friday, June 19, 2020 to be the following:

Total reports rec’d: 1,947

# out of jurisdiction: 33

# negative/not a case: 730

# antigen tested only: 952

# + cases" 232

# cases investigated and cleared: 232

# pending cases: 0

For County and State numbers please visit: https://covid19.nj.gov/.

Monday, June 22nd personal care facilities are permitted to open.

Looking ahead:

Recycling Zone 1—Saturday, June 20th—place carts curbside tonight to ensure removal.
Bulky Waste—Ward 4—Monday June 22nd (if you made an appointment)

Appliance Pick-up—Monday, June 22nd (if you made an appointment)

Grass pick-up--Tuesday, June 23rd

Electronic Drop-off—Saturday, June 27th from 9am-1pm at the DPW Garage

Recycling Zone 2—Saturday, June 27th—place carts curbside tonight to ensure removal.

Have a great weekend and stay well.


6/12/20

The Health Officer reports a total of 231 positive cases, with 230 cleared, and 1 pending. For Statewide numbers please visit: https://covid19.nj.gov/. Thank you and stay well.  

6/4/20

We are happy to report Clark has not had any new COVID 19 cases since June 1st. The Health Officer has had 229 positive cases, with 229 cleared. The State reports 603 new positive cases, bringing the total to 162, 530. This includes 30 new cases in Union County, bringing the total to 15,953.

The Governor has signed Executive Order 150 allowing for the following:

  • OUTDOOR DINING
  • Effective 6am on June 15, outdoor dining will be allowed
  • There is extensive detail in the E.O. and from the Department of Health regarding spacing, safety, sanitizing, etc.
  • The E.O. allows for the expansion of a restaurant’s footprint outdoors as per municipality allowances, meaning restaurants can move outdoor dining onto sidewalks and roadways, parking lots, etc., as each local government allows.
  • NON-ESSENTIAL RETAIL
  • As of June 15th, non-essential retail will be allowed with the following guidelines
  •  50% capacity
  • Special shopping hours for those most vulnerable
  • Regular sanitizing
  • Protection for cashiers

We have been informed that hair salons and barbers will be able to open starting on June 22nd, however, we are still waiting for guidelines from the Governor. As soon as we have that information we will share.

Thank you and stay well.

EO-150

Outdoor Dining

6/1/20

As of May 31, 2020, the Health Officer reports:

Total # of reports received: 1,482

Total # cases out of jurisdiction: 33

Total # cases testing negative: 521

Total # cases tested for antibody and not considered positive: 699

Total # positive cases: 229

Total # of cases investigated, followed and cleared: 229

Total # cases pending investigation: 0

Total # Clark resident deaths March 1-May 31 where COVID 19 was listed as the primary cause of death: 3

Total # Clark residents March 1-May 31, 2020 where COVID 19 was listed as a contributing cause of death: 23

Anyone with questions, can contact Nancy Raymond directly at 732-428-8405.

The Governor is set to announce this afternoon that on June 15th we will begin to enter Phase 2 of reopening. This will include the following however the exact dates to re-open each of these remains to be seen:

  • Outdoor Dining
  • In Store Retail for non-essential businesses with limited capacity
  • Personal care businesses - barbers, hair salons, nail salons, etc.
  • Gyms and health clubs
  • Re-opening of the DMV

The County reports 23 new cases, bringing the total to 15,858. The State reports 509 new cases, bringing the total to 160,918.

Thank you and stay well.

Executive Order 149--Child Care/Youth Sports

5/29/20

The Health Officer reports 229 positive cases, 227 cleared, and 2 pending. The County reports 44 new cases bringing the total to 15,610. The State reports 1,117 new cases, bringing the total to 158,844. Thank you and have a good weekend.

5/27/20

The Health Officer reports 228 positive cases, 227 cleared, and 1 pending. For numbers pertaining to Counties and State please visit https://covid19.nj.gov/.  Thank you and stay well.  

5/26/20

The Health Officer reports 226 positive cases, 225 cleared, and 1 pending. For numbers pertaining to Counties and State please visit https://covid19.nj.gov/.  

EO-148

5/22/20

The Health Officer reports 225 positive COVID 19 cases, with 222 cleared, and 3 pending. The State reports 1,394 new cases bringing the State total to 152,719. This number includes a new 1,018 cases in Union County.

The Governor has announced today that outdoor gatherings has been increased to 25 people, but indoor will remain at 10. He is hopeful that by early next week he will have guidelines about pools and graduations.

Looking ahead:

Monday, May 25th—Town Hall Closed. Please note the parade has been cancelled.
Tuesday, May 26th—Grass Pick-up
Wednesday, May 27th—Zone 2 Recycling
Thursday, May 28th—Last day for Ward 1 to can make an appointment for Bulky Waste pick-up on June 1st.

I also, want to thank all of our service men and women and those who we’ve lost. As we enter this weekend differently than prior years, I ask that even though we cannot host our annual parade in their honor, that we still thank them. Let’s show our American Pride, and show our American flags in their honor. With that, happy Memorial Day Weekend to everyone, please continue to stay safe.

5/18/20

The Health Officer reports 220 positive cases, with 214 closed, and 6 pending. The State reports 1,735 new cases in New Jersey, bringing the state total to 148,039. This includes 101 new cases in Union County, bringing the County total to 14,903.

The Governor announced we are in Phase 1. He will be signing an Executive Order allowing for additional outdoor activities to resume including:   

  • Batting cages
  • Archery
  • Horseback Riding
  • Private Tennis Clubs
  • Driving Ranges
  • 4-somes now allowed at golf courses

We are still waiting to hear about pools, summer camps, and summer school. We will share that information when we have it.

I want to remind residents that 2nd Qtr taxes were due May 1st with a grace period that ends May 29th. All payments must be received by May 29th by 4pm to avoid interest accrued through May 1st.

Grass pick-up tomorrow, Tuesday, May 19th.

Thank you and stay well.

Executive Orders:

Executive Order 144-Primary Elec.

Executive Order 145

Executive Order 146

5/15/20

Please be advised Town Hall will be open Monday, May 18th by appointment ONLY. The building will remain locked, and anyone that enters must have a mask. If you need to make an appointment please visit ourclark.com to locate contact information for each department. You can contact the department representative, and they will assist you with scheduling. Please note that we will only be scheduling appointments when absolutely necessary. If you need to drop off paperwork or payments please continue to use the drop box in front of Town Hall. Thank you and stay well.

5/15/20

The Health Officer reports 218 positive cases, with 207 cleared, and 11 pending. The State announced 1,297 new cases reported in New Jersey, bringing the State total to 143,905.

The Governor announced that he will be signing 3 executive orders this afternoon:

  • Elective Surgeries will be allowed starting 05/26/20 – the DOH will provide binding guidance on Monday 05/18/20

  • Elections
  • Hybrid system – predominantly Vote By Mail
  • One postage paid mail in ballot will be mailed to every registered Democrat and Republican
  • One postage paid Vote By Mail application will be mailed to every unaffiliated voter
  • There will be one in-person polling location in each municipality
  • Further guidance will be forthcoming

  • $50 million will be placed into EDA for grants for small businesses – more guidance and information on that is forthcoming.

The Governor is also asking all residents to fill out their census reports. You can do this by visiting: https://2020census.gov/.

We are still waiting to hear about guidance on pools, summer schools, and camps. It is our hope that we have these guidelines by the earlier part of next week.

Thank you and stay well.  

5/13/20

The Health Officer reports 211 cases received with 202 cleared, and 9 pending. The State reports 1,028 new positive cases in New Jersey, bringing the State total to 141,560. This includes 117 new cases in Union County, bringing the County total to 14,306.

There will be an executive order signed by the Governor today that will allow for the following:

  • All non-essential construction will be allowed to resume starting Monday, 5/18/20 at 6AM;
  • Non-essential businesses will be allowed to open for online sales and curbside pickup ONLY 5/18/20 at 6AM;
  • Drive-in events will be allowed and this includes drive-in religious services – all cars must remain 6ft apart, no one is to leave their cars, windows and sunroofs must be closed;
  • Car washes – self serve car washes can be open. Those with staff who was the vehicles may NOT be opened.  If staff is taking payment or washing wheels they may be open. Staff MAY NOT GO INSIDE CARS;
  • ALL OF THESE OPENINGS STILL REQUIRE USE OF MASKS AND MAINTAINING SOCIAL DISTANCING GUIDELINES.

The Governor has also announced that we should have more information pertaining to summer schools, camps, and pools later this week. Please stay tuned. We will let everyone know as soon as we do.

Thank you and stay well.

5/12/20

I am happy to report that there have been no new positive COVID 19 cases in Clark for 2 days in a row. The Health Officer reports 207 total positive cases, with 200 closed, and 7 pending.  The State reports 898 new positive cases in New Jersey, bringing the State total to 140,743. This number includes 40 new cases in Union County, bringing the County total to 14,203.

Zone 2 Recycling tomorrow, May 13th, put your cart curbside tonight.

Thank you and I hope everyone is well.


5/8/20

The Health Officer reports 202 positive COVID 19 cases, with 190 cleared, and 12 pending. For numbers pertaining to Union County or the State please visit https://covid19.nj.gov/ later this afternoon for the update.

Looking ahead:

Grass pick-up on Tuesday, May 12th—please note that DPW will not remove grass unless it is bagged in biodegradable bags.

Zone 2 Recycling on Wednesday, May 13th. Please put carts curbside Tuesday evening to ensure pick-up. If there is a missed pick-up please contact PMUA directly within 24 hours.

Bulky Waste—Ward 2 will be picked up on Monday (if you made an appointment by Thursday). If you are located in Ward 3 you must make your appointment by Thursday, May 14th by 3pm. You can make an appointment by emailing dpw@ourclark.com.

Appliance/Metal pick-up—you must make an appointment by Thursday, May 14th by 3pm to have a May 18th pick-up. You can make an appointment by emailing dpw@ourclark.com.

The next branch pick-up is May 26th, please have branches curbside by May 18th to ensure removal.

Your May 1st taxes are due. The Township approved the extension of the grace period until Friday, May 29th. Payments can be dropped off at Town Hall by using the drop box located in the front of the building. You can also mail in payment our pay via ourclark.com.

Thank you and if you should have any questions please email jkobliska@ourclark.com. Have a great weekend.

5/6/20

The Health Officer reports the following numbers as of today, May 6th:

Total # of positive cases: 201
Total # of positive cases investigated, followed-up and cleared: 190
Total # of cases pending investigation and follow up: 11

The County and State have not shared their numbers for today. However, later this afternoon you can visit https://covid19.nj.gov/ and the numbers will be updated.

Thank you and stay well everyone.

5/4/2020

Good afternoon everyone. I hope everyone enjoyed the nice weather this weekend. We have some items to address this afternoon. First, the Governor has announced that school will remain closed for the 2019-2020 school year. Learning will continue remotely. The Governor still hasn’t made a decision on whether summer school or summer camps will open this year. We should have an answer on this in the upcoming weeks.

In addition, we have receiving inquiries about the upcoming Pool Season. The Governor has not given the green light on this either. The County Manager is working on getting guidelines on this. He is hopeful that we will have directions from the State end of this week, early next. When we have an answer an email blast will go out via the portal that registration is open.

The County provided new numbers with the caveat that the system was down for most of yesterday (Sunday, May 3) and numbers are going to display as low. We are expecting a visible jump to make up for unreported numbers in the next couple days. With that said, the total new positive cases in NJ is 1,621, bringing the State total to 128, 269. This number includes 140 new cases in Union County, bringing the County total to 13,357. There were 45 new deaths in New Jersey, bringing the State total to 7,910. The County hasn’t reported any new deaths.

The County wants to remind everyone that even though the Governor allowed for some parks to open please see the following that are still closed:

  • Restrooms
  • Picnic areas
  • Athletic fields
  • Playgrounds and exercise stations
  • Trailside Nature & Science Center
  • Warinanco Sports Center
  • Watchung Stable
  • Echo Lake and Warinanco dog parks

Park visitors please note: Stay on marked trails in order to preserve fragile native habitat in County parks. The taking of plants and other wildlife is prohibited. Share paved paths by keeping to the right unless passing others. Bicycles are permitted only on paved paths. Dogs must be kept on leash. All trash must be carried out where receptacles are full or unavailable.

The Clark Health Officers report is pending. As soon as we have her updated information we will share with everyone.

Lastly, grass pick-up starts tomorrow. Please note that DPW will not remove grass unless it is bagged in biodegradable bags. Thank you.

5/1/20

The Heath Officer reports 191 cases, with 187 closed, and 4 pending. The County reports 214 new cases, bringing the total to 12,779. The State reports 2,651 new cases, bringing New Jersey total to 121, 190.

I will not be receiving numbers over the weekend, so I want to remind everyone with the parks opening at sunrise, to continue social distancing. Just because the parks are opening it doesn’t mean everything is back to normal. Let’s continue to wash our hands and social distance. Enjoy the weekend everyone and stay well.

4/30/20

The Health Officer reports 189 cases, with 182 closed, and 7 pending. She is happy to report she is seeing a trend of negative tests results. The County reports 222 new cases, bringing the total to 12,578. The State reports 2,633 new cases, bringing the total to 118,652.

Thank you and stay well.

4/29/20

Good evening everyone. I have a few things to address today. The first item of business, is the Governor will sign an executive order today that will allow for the re-opening of golf courses and state parks. I’m pleased to announce the Clark Township will follow suit effective at sunrise, Saturday, May 2nd. The County will also follow along for passive recreation only—no fields will open, no picnic areas will open, no group activities. They also will not open golf courses just yet, they are hoping courses will be ready by the middle of next week, however, please stay tuned for updates. With this said, this doesn’t mean business as usual. Everyone needs to continue to social distance, and follow the same guidelines. We are hoping that by opening the parks everyone will follow the rules, so we can continue to open more things. Clark will have police patrolling to make sure the rules are being followed.

Furthermore, yesterday the Governor announced that he will allow municipalities to extend their grace periods for the 2nd quarter property taxes until June 1st. In order to make this happen, the Township Governing Council needs to approve via resolution. Our next Township meeting will take place on May 4th where we’ll vote this into effect. However, please note this is only extending the grace period. If payments are not received on June 1st interest will accrue back to the May 1st due date. We also ask that all residents that are able to pay, please pay. The Township still has expenses such as County and Board of Ed payments that extensions weren’t given for. We are going to allow the extension to help those who really need it. So if you can pay we ask you to please pay.

Lastly, the Health reports 118 cases, 181 closed, and 7 pending. The County reports 196 new cases, bringing the total to 12,380. The State reports 2,481 new cases, bringing the total to 116,264.

Thank you and have a great night.

4/28/20

The Health Officer reports a total of 185 COVID 19 cases received, with 177 closed (recovered, recovering, or deceased), and 8 cases still pending (interview phase/follow-up). She also reports many cases are now being reported as negative or outside of Clark’s jurisdiction. This is great news!

The County and State report the following:

  • 2,887 new positive cases in New Jersey, bringing the State total to 113,856
  • This includes 190 new cases in Union County, bringing the County total to 12,188
  • 402 new deaths in New Jersey, bringing the State total to 6,442
  • This includes 44 deaths in Union County, bringing the County total to 627

There is a new administrative order which lists additional businesses as essential and as such can be open:

  • Pet grooming, day care and boarding
  • Retail stores that sell items necessary for religious observation or worship
  • Car dealerships can allow test drives before pickup or delivery but in the case where a sale is not made, the car must be sanitized.
  • There is new language regarding personal care service providers: they cannot work out of their homes but can provide their services to family members or romantic partners who live with them or close family members.

Friendly reminder that Tax Payments are due Friday, May 1st with the normal 10 day grace period (May 11th).

Zone 2 recycling tomorrow, April 29th. Please put your carts out tonight to ensure pick-up. PMUA will not come back out for missed pick-ups.

Thank you and I hope everyone is staying well.

4/27/20

Due to Governor Murphy’s briefing this afternoon, we do not have any updates on numbers at this time. Similarly to this weekend, if you are tracking the numbers the County and State cases will be updated on the https://covid19.nj.gov/ this afternoon. In addition, please see attached correspondence from the Governor’s Office. We will be back to reporting numbers tomorrow. I hope everyone is doing well, and if you should have any questions please email jkobliska@ourclark.com.

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4/23/20

The Health Officer reports 166 positive COVID 19 cases in Clark Township, with 148 cases closed, and 18 pending. The Township has not received County or State information for today, but you can visit https://covid19.nj.gov/ later this evening and the data will be updated.

The Township is aware of the following missed streets for recycling: Janie, Myra, and Terry. PMUA has advised for these streets to keep their recycling carts curbside. Please note, all missed pick-ups need to be reported directly to PMUA, the Township does not remove recycling. PMUA can be reached at 908-226-2518 or ReachPmua@pmua.org. If you have recycling related questions you can email jkobliska@ourclark.com

I also wanted to remind all Ward 4 residents if you didn’t make your appointment for bulky waste pick-up for Monday, April 27th you must do so by Thursday, April 23rd by 2:30pm. If your appointment isn’t submitted by the deadline you will have to wait until May’s pick-up. You can make an appointment by emailing dpw@ourclark.com or calling 732-428-8402. Please remember all small items must be placed in garbage bags.

In addition, if you need a metal/appliance pick-up for Monday, April 27th please make your appointment by Thursday, April 23rd by 2:30pm. If your appointment isn’t submitted by the deadline you will need to wait until next week. You can make an appointment by emailing dpw@ourclark.com or calling 732-428-8402.

Thank you and I remember to stay home and social distance!

4/22/20

The Health Officer reports a total of 165 COVID 19 cases in Clark, with 147 closed, and 18 pending closure. The County reported 210 additional cases today, bringing the total to 10,484 in Union County. The State reported 3,551 new cases, bringing the statewide total to 95,865.

There is good statistical data on the NJ Department of Health: https://www.nj.gov/health/cd/topics/covid2019_dashboard.shtml. More in depth information was added to the site today about Long Term Care Facilities.

Thank you and I wish everyone well.

4/21/20

Please be advised that the Health Officer has made a correction to yesterday’s post. There were several COVID 19 cases that ended up being out of her jurisdiction (another town). Instead of 171 total COVID 19 cases for Clark there are actually 158, with 136 cases closed, and 22 pending. Thank you and I hope everyone is staying well.

4/20/20

The Health Officer reports a total of 171 COVID 19 cases in Clark, with 144 closed, and 27 still under investigation. The County reports 377 new cases, bringing Union County to 9,972. The State reports 3,528 new cases, bringing the statewide total to 88,806.


There is good statistical data on the NJ Department of Health website. More in depth information was added to the site today about Long Term Care Facilities. Please copy and paste the link if you would like to see the specifics https://www.nj.gov/health/cd/topics/covid2019_dashboard.shtml .


Over 720 companies are hiring for over 52,000 jobs during this health crisis. For job listings please visit: https://jobs.covid19.nj.gov/?Facets.filterbox.filter0=%5B%5D&Facets.filterbox.filter1=%5B%5D.


Lastly, tomorrow, April 21st will be the last day to pick-up grass bags. Please come to town hall 8am-12pm, and open your trunk. A DPW employee will ask for your address and put the bags in your trunk. If you already picked up bags please do not come for more, only 10 bags per residence.


Thank you and stay well everyone!

4/18/19

The Township Health Officer reports a total of 146 COVID 19 cases received, with 125 closed out, and 21 still under investigation. The County reports 536 new positive cases in Union County, bringing the County total to 8,959. The State reports 3,026 new positives in New Jersey, bringing the State total to 81,420. Please take note that the County/State will not be submitting numbers to the municipalities tomorrow. If there is any information that needs to be shared we will make sure it gets to each of you. However, please do not look for numbers tomorrow afternoon. Thank you and I hope everyone is well, and staying healthy.  

4/17/20

The Township Health Officer reports a total of 142 cases received, with 21 closed out, and 21 still under investigation. The County reports 502 new positive cases in Union County, bringing the County total to 8,429. The State reports 3,250 new positives in New Jersey, bringing the State total to 78,467.

As we go into the weekend, I want to remind everyone to continue to social distance and stay home. I understand this isn’t an easy task, especially with the weather getting nicer. Just try to think of it as being 1 day closer to normalcy.  We will get through this together.

4/16/20

The Health Officer reports 136 cases, with 116 closed, and 20 still under investigation. The County reports 465 new cases, bringing the County total to 7,904. The State reported 4,391 new cases, bringing the total to 75,317.

Please remember to stay home and social distance. Thank you.

4/15/20

The Health Officer reports a total of 132 confirmed COVID 19 cases, with 109 being closed, and 23 still under investigation. The County reports 208 new positive cases in Union County, bringing the County total to 7,438. The State reports 2,625 new positive cases in New Jersey, bringing the State total to 71,030.

I wanted to share some information pertaining to unemployment. There are currently over 600 companies seeking workers. If you’re in need please visit: https://jobs.covid19.nj.gov

Thank you, and please continue to stay home and abide by state guidelines. We will all get through this together.

4/14/20

As per Clark’s Health Officer, there are no new numbers to report on behalf of the  Township. The County has reported 365 new cases, bringing the total to 7,265. The State reports 4,059 new cases, bringing the total to 68,824. Thank you and remember to stay home and social distance. 

4/13/20

The Health Officer reports a total of 128 cases in Clark, with 100 closed, and 28 remaining open. The County reports 457 new cases, bringing the County total to 6,636. The State has 2,734 new cases, bringing the total to 64,584. Thank you and I continue to urge everyone to stay home and social distance. Unemployment Information

4/11/20

The Health Officer reports a total of 111 positive COVID 19 cases, with 85 closed, and 26 still under investigation. The County reported 304 new positive cases in Union County, bringing the total to 5,865. The State reports 3,599 new positive cases, bringing the total to 58,151.

Please be advised there will be no reports tomorrow, Sunday April 12th. I will update on Monday once I receive information. Thank you and have a Happy Easter.

4/10/20

I have a few things I want to address this afternoon. 

The health Officer Reports a total of 102 positive COVID 19 cases received, with 80 of these cases recovered or recovering. She still has 22 cases that are still being investigated or awaiting discharge. 

Secondly, I wanted to remind all residents that we have a drop box in the front of Town Hall. If you need to drop anything off to my staff you can use this mailbox. The box is checked M-F. Please be sure to put your payments or paperwork in a sealed envelope so all of your paperwork stays together. We also ask that you write what department the correspondence is for. 

In addition, if you haven’t already seen the email earlier today, Zone 1 Recycling had a few streets missed on Wednesday. Due to COVID 19 PMUA is delayed with their pick-ups. If you were still not picked up today, please leave your cart curbside until tomorrow. The ensured us that everyone will be removed by then. I ask that everyone continue to have patience, for everyone is being challenged at this time. We know its windy, but every cart has a serial number that allows us to track back to address it belongs to. We will get through this as well. 

Lastly, Senator Scutari has shared some additional information pertaining to COVID 19, click here

Thank you and if you should have any additional questions please email jkobliska@ourclark.com. Have a good night. 

4/9/20

Good afternoon. I wanted to update everyone with today’s numbers. The Health Officer reports, 94 total cases. Out of the 94 cases 69 are recovered or recovering, and 25 cases are still being investigated/awaiting discharge.

The County reports 3,748 new positive cases in NJ, which brings the statewide total to 51,027. This includes 360 new positive cases for Union County. Union County has a total of 5,203 positive cases.

I have been informed that I will not be receiving numbers tomorrow or Sunday. I will continue to update you as I obtain information, but I wanted everyone to be aware that if you don’t see a post, I simply don’t have anything additional to share. With that said, I hope everyone has a happy and healthy Passover and Easter. I know this is hard to celebrate and social distance, but if we all continue to do our part we can get back to our normal lives soon. Thank you and enjoy the remainder of your day.


4/8/20

Hello everyone. I hope today’s update is finding each of you well. Please see below for our Local, County, and State updates.

The Health Officer reports the following information for Clark Township as of April 8th:

  • 81 total reports received
  • 53 cases in recovery or recovered
  • 28 under investigation or awaiting discharge.

The County reported the following information:

  • New NJ Cases: 3,088
  • Total NJ Cases: 47,437
  • New Union County Cases: 410
  • Total Union County Cases: 4,831

I also wanted to share the following link: https://jobs.covid19.nj.gov/?Facets.filterbox.filter0=%5B%5D&Facets.filterbox.filter1=%5B%5D Over 540 companies are hiring for over 46,000 jobs during this health crisis. The link will show you the job listings.

The State has expanded and updated their COVID-19 dashboard: https://www.nj.gov/health/cd/topics/covid2019_dashboard.shtml

The Governor has also signed additional Executive Orders this afternoon, to find the orders you can visit: https://nj.gov/infobank/eo/056murphy/approved/eo_archive.html

Thank you, stay well, and remember to social distance during the spring celebrations.


4/7/20

Hello everyone. I hope today’s update is finding each of you well. Please see below for our Local, County, and State updates.

The Health Officer reports the following information for Clark Township as of April 7th:

  • 85 total reports received
  • 6 out of jurisdiction
  • 79 cases were positive COVID 19
  • 44 cases discharged
  • 35 under investigation or awaiting discharge.

The County reported the following information:

  • 3,361 new positive cases in NJ, bringing the state total to 44,416
  • 457 new positive cases in Union County, bringing the county total to 4,358

I also wanted to share the following link: https://jobs.covid19.nj.gov/?Facets.filterbox.filter0=%5B%5D&Facets.filterbox.filter1=%5B%5D Over 540 companies are hiring for over 46,000 jobs during this health crisis. The link will show you the job listings.

The State has expanded and updated their COVID-19 dashboard: https://www.nj.gov/health/cd/topics/covid2019_dashboard.shtml

Lastly, I know that the weather is finally starting to get nice. I want each of you to enjoy the spring weather the best you can. However, I want to remind everyone that this isn’t a time to stop abiding by the guidelines. If you want to go out for a walk, ride your bike, or go for a run, that is fine but it is imperative to abide to all social distancing instructions. Thank you and stay well!

4/6/20

As of April 6th, the Clark Health Officer reports the following:

·         70 Total reports received

·         4 of the 70 out of jurisdiction

·         66 positive cases out of the 70

·         39 cases discharged (recovering or recovered)

·         27 cases still under investigation or awaiting discharge

The County reports to following numbers for today:

o   3,663 new cases in NJ – State total is now 41,090

o   419 new cases in Union County – County total is now 3,685

o   86 new deaths in NJ – State total for deaths is now 1,003

o   7 new deaths in Union County – County total for deaths is now 78

I continue to urge everyone to please stay home, and keep your distance. If you need to get out of your house, take a walk, go for a run, or ride a bike. It is crucial you social distance and stay out of the stores. We are going to see a lot more cases over the next few weeks. Let’s try and keep the numbers down by staying home and doing our part. Thank you.


4/5/20

Hello everyone. I’m going to keep the posting brief today. The Health Department reports 5 new COVID 19 cases in Clark. She also, would like to report that 11 of the prior cases are closed.

The County sent over the following new COVID 19 numbers:

New Jersey: 3,482
Total in New Jersey: 37,505
Union County: 243
Total Union County: 3,216

I hope everyone enjoys the remainder of their weekend. Take a nice walk around your neighborhood, the weather is beautiful. Just remember to keep your distance from others. Thank you.

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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