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Mayor Barsa's Letter 7/10/2020

July 10, 2020

Dear Residents,

Our total number of active cases is 16.    With the number of cases in New Jersey on the rise we must be diligent with our mask wearing and hand washing.   Please try and be six feet apart whenever possible.   By wearing a mask, you are not only protecting yourselves but others as well.   An executive order was signed on Wednesday requiring mask to be worn outside when you are unable to social distance.  

I would like to touch on a few services that you might find helpful during this time.   The first is regarding the mobile testing sites.   I am working on scheduling another mobile testing date but if you need more immediate testing, please visit the New Bridge Health Center website, www.newbridgehealth.org/telehealth-covid-19/, for information.   Poison Control and the State of New Jersey Health Department has teamed up to answer general COVID-19 questions.   Please call 211 or 1-800-962-1253.   New Jersey Mental Health Cares is a wonderful resource for help with anxiety or emotional support.   Please call them at 1-866-202-4357 or visit their website, www.njmentalhealthcares.org.   The Healthwell Foundation gives financial support for people at risk for or quarantined due to COVID related issues.   You can find more information at www.  healthwellfoundation.  org.   Lastly, there is a helpful link on the Bergen County Health Department website, www.co.bergen.nj.us/health-promotion/2019-novel-corona-virus, that will direct you to job offerings.   Please click the link for NJ COVID-19 Jobs & Hiring Portal for more information.

I am very happy to inform you that borough hall will be reopening to the public starting Monday July 13th.   There will be restrictions in place such as, you must have your temperature taken before entering, must wear a mask and must social distance.   I strongly encourage you to continue to call or email with any questions before coming in.   We are able to take care of most questions or concerns without you having to make the trip into borough hall.  

I have received some calls regarding the opening of the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission and what you are currently able to do at an agency.   Certain agencies are designated licensing centers, while others are vehicle centers.   The licensing centers are where you would go to renew your driver’s license, and take a road test.   The vehicle centers are handling registration, title and license plate matters.   Please contact motor vehicles directly with any questions you may have (609-292-6500 / 609-292-7500). 

Sincerely,

James P. Barsa

Mayor