The Following is a Statement from the Lumberton Township Administration and Office of Emergency Management Regarding the Six Positive Cases of COVID-19 in Lumberton Township
As of March 29, 2020, the Burlington County Health Department informed Lumberton Township officials that they have confirmed six positive cases of COVID-19 within Lumberton Township. The Burlington County Health Department has now changed the way they are reporting the County’s number of confirmed positives cases to the chart you can find in the above attachment.
Contact tracing to determine if these individuals might have traveled to any public place before being diagnosed or been in contact with individuals is still ongoing by Health Department officials. They have informed the Township that they are focusing on close contact, which is defined as closer than 6 feet for more than 10 minutes, household contacts and those that work in high risk settings such as healthcare workers and long-term care facilities. Lumberton Township will provide any such information to the public when it is made available to us by the Burlington County Health Department. Due to federal HIPPA laws and regulations, the names and addresses of these individuals will not be released to the public, however the County Emergency Communications Center has flagged this residence and if first responders are called to that location they will be warned to take further precautions, above the new guidelines they are operating under for this pandemic for normal calls for service.
Though contact tracing is being investigated, Lumberton Township Officials would like to remind our residents that the best way to fight this pandemic and flatten the curve is to, (1) frequently wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds and use of alcohol (60% or more) based sanitizing hand wash provides your best defense, (2) practicing “social distancing” by avoiding large gatherings and crowds, when in public keep 6 feet or more of separation from others and avoid handshakes, hugs and other close contact with individuals, (3) if you sneeze or cough, you should do so into your elbow and wash your hands immediately after. Lastly if you are sick or if you think you’ve been exposed to COVID-19, call your primary care provider (doctor) and he/she will give you advice if you develop a fever or other symptoms. But most importantly if you feel sick please stay home and isolate yourself from others in your household.
Residents are also reminded to heed Governor Murphy’s Executive Order No. 107, which orders all residents to “Stay at Home” until further notice. This order provides for certain exceptions, such as obtaining essential goods or services, seeking medical attention, visiting family or close friends, reporting to work only if you are essential personnel, or engaging in outdoor activities. Governor Murphy’s Executive Order further directs the closure of all non-essential retail businesses to the public, with the exceptions of:
• Grocery stores, farmer’s markets and farms that sell directly to customers, and other food stores, including retailers that offer a varied assortment of foods comparable to what exists at a grocery store;
• Pharmacies and medical marijuana dispensaries;
• Medical supply stores;
• Gas stations;
• Convenience stores;
• Ancillary stores within healthcare facilities;
• Hardware and home improvement stores;
• Banks and other financial institutions;
• Laundromats and dry-cleaning services;
• Stores that principally sell supplies for children under five years;
• Pet stores;
• Liquor stores;
• Car dealerships, but only for auto maintenance and repair, and auto mechanics; As of March 30, 2020 Online Sales and Remote Sales that can be completed by phone, text, or email can be conducted.
• Printing and office supply shops;
• Mail and delivery stores.
• Effective March 31, 2020 at 8am Federal Firearms Licensees are added to the list of essential retail businesses.
• As of March 30, 2020, individual appointments to view real estate with realtors by individuals or families shall be considered essential retail businesses.
Nothing in the Order shall limit 1) the provision of health care or medical services; 2) access to essential services for low-income residents, such as food banks; 3) the operations of the media; 4) law enforcement agencies, or 5) the operations of the federal government.
Additionally, the order mandates that all businesses or non-profits, wherever practicable, must accommodate their workforce for telework or work-from-home arrangements. To the extent a business or non-profit has employees that cannot perform their functions via telework or work-from-home arrangements, the business or non-profit should make best efforts to reduce staff on site to the minimal number necessary to ensure that essential operations can continue.
Lumberton Township residents can call 2-1-1 or 1-800-962-1253 with non-emergent questions. The call center is open 24/7 and has multi-language capabilities. You can also text NJCOVID to 898-211 to receive text information and stay informed. To receive live text assistance, text your zip code to 898-211. Please note that the call center is not able to diagnose or give medical advice. Healthcare providers should be contacted if medical advice is needed. If you or someone you know has special needs requiring assistance in case of an emergency, please register today at www.registerready.nj.gov. If you are needing special assistance today, call 2-1-1 or log on to www.nj211.org.
The New Jersey Department of Community Affairs(DCA) has sent out guidelines to all municipal construction code officials in regards to inspections during COVID-19. The guidelines from DCA will be the procedure for inspections in Lumberton Twp for the time being. These guidelines supersede and make void any previous guidelines released by the Township, and are as follows:
1. All required inspections for new construction and any work on the exterior or outside of any occupied building should be performed as usual.
2. Rough inspections for new additions should be performed, provided no entry to the occupied home or building is required or that appropriate social distancing is in effect.
3. Contractors may report construction activity, such as rough inspections, in existing occupied buildings with photos or other documentation for the time being.
4. Items listed as Minor Work at NJAC 5:23-2.17A require only a final inspection. This includes inspections of replacement items, such as a residential heater, air conditioner and/or water heaters. These inspections may be deferred to a later date. The contractor should report construction activity as indicated in item 3 above.
The State’s official notification is available by clicking the following link: DCA Memo on Construction Department Operations
The Lumberton Township Construction Office will maintain limited hours on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday each week to maintain these operations set forth by DCA.
Construction Official/Lumberton Twp.
GENERAL INFORMATION ABOUT COVID-19:
The NJ Poison Control Center and 2-1-1 have partnered to provide information to the public on COVID-19. The hotline number is 1-800-962-1253. Or, you can call 2-1-1 with questions or concerns, or to access NJ’s statewide comprehensive information and referral service. Or text NJCOVID to 898-211 to receive text information and stay informed. Additionally, NJ launched a COVID-19 Information Hub, covid19.nj.gov, where residents can get up-to-date information.
IF YOU’RE SICK:
Call your doctor if you’re sick or if you think you’ve been exposed to COVID-19. Your doctor can give you medical advice if you develop a fever or other symptoms.
A testing site opened on Friday at Bergen Community College for NJ residents only (proof of ID necessary) and those exhibiting symptoms. The site will have the capacity to test 2,500/ week. Monmouth County site is opening today at PNC Bank Arts Center. There are also plans for a testing site to open at Camden County College in Blackwood once tests become available, and the Burlington County Coronavirus Task Force is looking to set up a site within the county soon.
CLOSURES, CROWDS, AND CURFEWS:
All social gatherings and assemblies, such as parties, celebrations, or other social events, are cancelled including conferences, large meetings, parties, festivals, parades, concerts, sporting events, weddings, and other types of assemblies. Please note that law enforcement may charge folks who disregard these rules.
The Governor ordered the following businesses to close: non-essential retail; casinos and racetracks; gyms and fitness centers; entertainment such as movie theaters, performing arts centers, concert venues, and nightclubs; shopping malls; places of public amusement; and personal care businesses such as barbershops, hair salons, spas, nail and eyelash studios, tanning salons, and tattoo and massage parlors. Bars and restaurants must be closed for on-premise dining but may provide take-out and delivery service only.
Certain essential businesses and facilities are considered exempt from these closures includes grocery and pet stores, food banks, medical industries, pharmacies and medical supply stores, gas stations, banks, and restaurants for take-out/ delivery. A complete list can be found here: https://covid19.nj.gov/faqs/nj-information/businesses-and-organizations/how-do-executive-orders-no.-107-and-108-on-closures-and-social-distancing-affect-my-business
INFORMATION FOR BUSINESSES:
The State has created a new webpage for businesses with questions related to COVID-19/Novel Coronavirus. There is a portal to submit a question or use the chat tool. http://cv.business.nj.gov/
RELIEF FOR SMALL BUSINESSES:
The US Small Business Administration approved NJ for disaster relief.
WORKER PROTECTION PROGRAMS:
Visit NJ Department of Labor’s website to determine if you are eligible for unemployment, family leave, earned sick time or worker’s compensation benefits during the coronavirus outbreak. The chart below is a useful tool. For more info:
FILING FOR UNEMPLOYMENT:
Many residents have reached out to our office for help with unemployment benefits. The NJ Department of Labor is encouraging anyone seeking benefits to apply on their website: https://myunemployment.nj.gov/
The NJ Board of Public Utilities announced that utilities have suspended all shut-off orders for electric and gas. https://www.bpu.state.nj.us/bpu/newsroom/2020/approved/20200313.html
Governor Murphy recently enacted a moratorium on removals due to evictions and foreclosures. However, we know that the next few weeks, maybe months, may be financially challenging for some. NJ Department of Community Affairs has various rental assistance programs that can help during times like these and is accepting applications. Learn more: https://njdca-housing.dynamics365portals.us/en-US/
SOCIAL SERVICES/ CHILDCARE
For information on childcare, cash shelter and food assistance, NJ FamilyCare/Medicaid, individuals with disabilities, mental health and substance abuse, and support for older residents please visit:
Sadly, people will try to take advantage of others during times of crisis. Beware of scams and price gouging during this public health emergency. Report it at NJ Consumer Affairs: https://www.njconsumeraffairs.gov/
All New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission agencies will be closed. All driver licenses, non-driver IDs, vehicle registrations, and inspection stickers expiring before May 31 have been extended by two months. Most renewals, replacements, changes of address, and other transactions can be processed online at www.NJMVC.gov. If your REAL ID Appointment was cancelled due to Agency closure from March 16, 2020 through March 29, 2020, keep your cancellation email. When MVC re-opens, you can bring the email to your appointment agency anytime within 30 days and get a REAL ID without an appointment.
Chief Justice Rabner announced that municipal court sessions in New Jersey will be suspended for two weeks to minimize exposure to the coronavirus. More information about the closures may be found online at njcourts.gov.
The NJ Department of Agriculture has a list of Food Banks that serve each New Jersey County: https://www.nj.gov/agriculture/divisions/fn/pdf/EFO%20%20Listing.pdf
IRS has extended tax deadlines from April 15 to July 15.
We are in the midst of the 2020 Census. Our current public health emergency is a reminder of the importance of having an accurate Census count. Even if you received an invitation by mail, or even if you have not, you can still complete the Census online at my2020Census.gov. It’s simple and only takes 10 minutes to complete.
NJ TRANSIT is running special weekday service beginning Monday, March 23rd, 2020. The River Line special weekday schedule maybe be found on NJ TRANSIT’s website by clicking here. Due to the rapidly changing nature of the COVID-19 response, customers are strongly encouraged to sign up for My Transit alerts and activate push notifications on the mobile app to receive the latest status of the system.
For loan deferment due to unemployment: https://www.hesaa.org/Documents/Relief%20Options/Unemployment.pdf.
For loan deferment due to temporary total disability: https://www.hesaa.org/Documents/NJCLASSTempDisabilityForm.pdf.
For loan deferment due to financial hardship: https://www.hesaa.org/Documents/Relief%20Options/Financial%20hardship.pdf.
The Lumberton Twp OEM has issued the follow Health Emergency Declaration for Lumberton Township. Below you will find a copy of the Declaration
The 2020 Census Is Ready for America to Respond Invitations to Respond Arrive at Households March 12-20
MARCH 11, 2020 — The 2020 Census is getting underway and is ready for America to respond as the first invitations begin to arrive at the nation’s estimated 140 million households March 12-20. For the first time, nearly everyone will be invited to respond online, by phone or by mail.
“Invitations are arriving in mailboxes across the country, and everyone will receive an invitation to respond through the mail or from a census worker soon,” Census Bureau Director Steven Dillingham said. “We are encouraging everyone to respond once they receive their 2020 Census invitation.”
A sample of the 2020 Census questionnaire is available on 2020census.gov along with more information about when most people will receive their invitations in the mail. The invitation mailings are addressed to “Resident” at the household address and do not include an individual’s name. In areas more likely to respond online, mailings contain information on how to respond online. Households in areas of the country that are less likely to respond via the internet will also receive a paper questionnaire in their first mailing, along with information on how to respond online. All nonresponding households will receive a paper questionnaire after two more reminder mailings.
Along with the invitations, people can expect to find an overview of the census, a description of language assistance in English plus 12 non-English languages and a census ID number linked to their address. About 13 million households across the nation will receive bilingual English/Spanish invitations and questionnaires.
For a small portion of the country, in areas where mail is generally not delivered to the physical location of residences (e.g., small towns with P.O. box-only delivery), census enumerators will visit households to either hand-deliver invitations and paper questionnaires or to conduct interviews with households to collect their census data. The 2020 Type of Enumeration Area Viewer, an interactive map application, shows how different geographic areas will be invited to respond to the 2020 Census and which areas will not receive an invitation.
“Responding to the 2020 Census is easy, safe and important, and it’s key to shaping the future of your community,” Dr. Dillingham said. “The 2020 Census will determine the number of seats each state has in the U.S. House of Representatives, and influences how hundreds of billions of dollars in public funds are allocated for critical public services like emergency response, schools, hospitals, roads and bridges over the next 10 years.”
The Census Bureau has created an interactive response rates map at 2020census.gov/response-rates so America can keep track of how they’re doing. Beginning on March 20, the map will be updated daily to reflect current response rates from communities around the country. For comparison, the map also displays the final response rate from the 2010 Census.
The Census Bureau launched a public education and outreach campaign to inform the public on how and when to respond. Below is a timeline of Census Bureau mailings inviting households to respond online, by phone or by mail.
- March 12-20: The U.S. Postal Service will deliver initial invitations to respond online and by phone. Areas that are less likely to respond online will receive a paper questionnaire along with the invitation to respond online or over the phone.
- March 16-24: Reminder letters will be delivered.
- March 26-April 3: Reminder postcards will be delivered to households that have not responded.
- April 8-16: Reminder letters and paper questionnaires will be delivered to remaining households that have not responded.
- April 20-27: Final reminder postcards will be delivered to households that have not yet responded.
If a household does not respond to the census, a census taker will follow up in person. In most cases, this will begin in mid-May and conclude in late July. Households can still respond on their own during this period, and if they do, they will be removed from the nonresponse follow-up workload. People are encouraged to answer all questions on the 2020 Census to avoid having a census taker knock at their door.
The U.S. Constitution mandates a census of the population every 10 years. Responding to the 2020 Census is easy, safe and important, and it’s key to shaping the future of communities. The goal of the 2020 Census is to count everyone who lives in the United States as of April 1, 2020 (Census Day). Census statistics are used to determine the number of seats each state holds in the U.S. House of Representatives and informs how billions of dollars in public funds are allocated by state, local and federal lawmakers for public services like emergency response, schools, hospitals and bridges over the next 10 years.
For more information about the 2020 Census, visit 2020census.gov.
On March 11, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the Coronavirus situation a “pandemic”, meaning that sustained virus transmission is now ongoing in multiple countries. This has caused our country, state and town to shift our strategy from one of preparedness and planning to response.
There are over 1,000 cases of COVID-19 identified in the U.S. and 38 deaths, including 1 in NJ. There are 23 presumed cases in NJ. We are not aware of any in Lumberton currently.
Last evening, the President addressed the nation and placed restrictions on travel, waived certain medical co-payments for COVID-19 treatments and instructed the SBA to provide low-interest loans to small business in an effort to counteract the physical and economical impact of this virus.
As a community, we must all work together to stem the spread of this virus and minimize its impact on our daily lives and our local economy. Together with our public safety agencies, our schools and local businesses, Lumberton Township is preparing to meet this challenge.
Everyone in the community plays a role in stopping the spread of coronavirus, so please read through and practice the following guidelines as directed by the NJDOH and CDC:
- Personal hygiene is extremely important in protecting you and your family. Frequent hand washing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds and the use of sanitizing hand wash is your best defense.
- Practice “social distancing” – avoid large gatherings and crowds such as at sporting arenas/stadiums, concert halls and other public spaces. When in groups, try and remain 6 feet or more from others. Forgo handshakes, hugs and other close contact outside of family members.
- Limit travel, particularly on long flights. Cruise ship travel is highly discouraged. Use care if traveling significant distances by bus or train to avoid touching common surfaces, and carry hand sanitizer with you.
- Be prepared for school closings/event cancellations and have a plan for alternate child care if you cannot stay home.
- Check with employers on telecommuting, remote access to work from home, and sick leave policy changes.
- Have a plan ready to care for sick family members, preferably in a separate room of the house with a segregated bathroom.
- Be sensitive to what you post on social media! Only trust information from official sources. Mis- or unverified information can lead to grave anxiety and responses by the public which can cause strife in the community. Think before you post about what effects your comments can have.
If you have questions or concerns about COVID-19 and coronavirus, please call 1-800-222-122 (1-800-962-1253 if using an out of state phone). DO NOT call this number if you are sick – contact your local healthcare provider.
Lumberton Township OEM
Lumberton Twp. Emergency Services
35 Municipal Dr
Lumberton, NJ 08048
Lumberton Township Officials, in cooperation with county, state and federal resources, wish to let our residents know that preparedness efforts for potential transmission of Novel Coronavirus 2019, officially known as “COVID-19”, are in progress. Please review this information to prepare you and your families for any disruptions which may be caused by a widespread outbreak of COVID-19. Currently, there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Lumberton or in NJ, but cases are being reported around the U.S. daily, and preparing for what is considered a likely outbreak here is prudent and advisable.
The Lumberton Township Committee and CVS Executives officially
open the new CVS Retail Pharmacy Store & Drive Thru
located at Route 38 and Main Street
in Lumberton Township on February 24, 2020.
The Following is a statement from Mayor Ryan Tuno regarding the concerns raised by residents at the February 6, 2020 Township Meeting regarding EMS Services:
“Since the New Year, Deputy Mayor Hatfield, Committeewoman Ryan and myself have committed ourselves to reviewing all aspects of Lumberton Township Government to ensure flexibility and efficiency.
One item that was troublesome to us is that at the end of December last year, there was a last second Resolution authorizing an extension to the EMS Contract which was put forward under our former Mayor, that Ms. Hatfield and I thought was a one-year extension which had been the normal practice for several years. However, that Resolution actually authorized a five-year contract to our Lumberton Emergency Squad. While we agree whole heartedly that the Lumberton Emergency Squad is doing an excellent job for our residents, we feel that the Township should keep to its normal practice of extending a one-year contract for these services because of the ever-changing environment surrounding Emergency Medical Services. This is why we have been looking into options with our professionals and talking with the leadership of the squad to find the best solution for Lumberton Township. To be clear, at no point have we contemplated shutting down the Lumberton Emergency Squad and taking over their services. This fact can be confirmed by our Township Administrator, as he is working with us to introduce our 2020 Township Budget and nowhere within that budget do, we allocate funds for such a takeover.
While we are on the subject of the Township Budget, another statement that has been made is that any change the Township enacts will cause taxes to rise drastically. That is simply not the case and we intend to introduce the 2020 Budget in short order and that Budget will be a flat Budget with zero increase to the Township Taxpayers. In fact, this Budget will expand emergency services by hiring an additional police officer, bringing our force up to four officers a shift, a level we have not seen since the Township was forced to do layoffs due to a failed Referendum, while also investing in more equipment for our emergency services personnel.
In closing, I want the residents to know that we have heard their concerns and we will make the best decision for all of Lumberton.”