Updated 08-27-20: COVID-19 Information


2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

(Updated- August 27, 2020)

Residents with questions or concerns about COVID-19 and resources available to them can call 2-1-1. NJ 211 is New Jersey’s statewide, comprehensive, information and referral service operated by United Ways of New Jersey. 2-1-1 is available from 7am-11pm daily

Residents with medical questions about COVID-19 can call 1-800-962-1253 (24/7)

Residents can also text NJCOVID to 898-211 to receive text information and stay informed. To receive live text assistance, residents can text their zip code to 898-211.

As of March 21st New Jersey has a new website for COVID-19 Information. 

Morris County has taken over tracking cases per town within the County. Visit their website for information on the testing center at Morris County College and on the number of Morris County cases of COVID-19.

2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Symptoms:

People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness.

These symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Chills
  • Repeated shaking with chills
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Muscle pain
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Diarrhea

How Does Novel Coronavirus Spread?

The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.

  • Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
  • Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or talks.
  • These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.
  • COVID-19 may be spread by people who are not showing symptoms.

For more information click here.

Public Health Recommendations:

  • Cover your mouth and nose with a mask when around others
  • Follow good respiratory hygiene recommendations.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or sleeve, not your hands.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water. Use alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
  • Stay home if you are sick and avoid sick people.
  • Avoid close contact and practice social distancing

For more information click here.

Current Status in Wharton

  • Effective Monday, July 13th Town Hall will be open to the public by appointment only. We encourage you to continue to utilize our alternate ways of doing business if at all possible. For information on contactless business options click here. If you need to make an appointment, contact the Department that you are looking to meet with prior to coming to Town Hall. We will not be accepting walk in appointments. Face coverings are required for all visitors to the building and social distancing practices will be in place.
  • The Wharton Library is closed to the public but is opening for curbside pick up starting on June 17th. For more info click here.
  • The Police Records Department is open but is asking anyone with requests to make them via phone 973-366-5893 or email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. All responses will be faxed or emailed if possible. You can also make non emergency police reports online here.
  • Contact Wharton's Municipal Court in Mt. Arlington for court information. You can reach them by clicking here
  • Wharton's local parks are open for passive recreation at this time to Wharton residents only. The Morris Canal, Hugh Force park and our new trail system are all open. As of May 27th the tennis courts at Robert Street Park are reopened. Please be smart and maintain proper social distancing measures. As of July 2nd playgrounds are reopened. Use of the playgrounds is at your own risk. The DPW will be disinfecting the equipment each weekday morning (except for holidays). Please remember to continue to practice social distancing, be safe, and to clean up after yourself if you plan on utilizing any of your own cleaning supplies prior to use. Basketball Courts are also now open for individual use, but no games are allowed.
  • Wharton has been holding our regularly scheduled Mayor and Council, Planning Board, Board of Health, and Library Board meetings virtually through Zoom. They are still open to the public and the public is invited to participate. Login information for each meeting will be shared in a separate post as well as on our social media accounts.
  • Many town events have had to be cancelled. We are looking into postponing as many as we can and will publish new dates for things as we have them. 
  • Yard Sales are permitted with the proper permit provided they follow guidelines for outdoor gatherings.

Statewide- For more information on any State Regulations click here.To report a violation of Executive Order 107 click here.

  • Many grocery stores have restricted hours and many have set aside specific times for older adults only to shop. Check with your store for their hours prior to heading out. Masks are now required when shopping at stores.
  • The NJMVC has extended the expiration dates for many items and have expanded what you are able to do online. As of July 7th they are reopened for most in person transactions. For more information click here.
  • Effective July 8th Governor Murphy has signed an executive order requiring individuals to wear masks in outdoor public spaces when they cannot social distance. For more information click here
  • New Jersey has a travel advisory for people coming into the state from other states with a significant spread of COVID-19 including NJ residents who travel to effected states and return home. For more information click here.

Reopenings Statewide- For updated information on reopenings click here.

Resources for Businesses:

  • New Jersey has put together a website to offer guidance for businesses impacted by COVID-19. Click here to visit it for the most up to date information on resources available for New Jersey Businesses.
  • On March 26th The New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) Board approved a suite of new programs designed to support businesses and workers facing economic hardship due to the outbreak of the novel coronavirus COVID-19. Some of these programs are now closed, to see which programs your business may currently be eligible for visit the NJ COVID-19 Business Support Eligibility Wizard
  • You can also visit the US Small Business Administration for resources for business owners. For more information click here.
  • For information on COVID-19 for businesses from the NJ Dept. of Health click here.
  • For quick guidance for bars and restaurants from the NJ Dept. of Health click here.
  • For quick guidance for retail businesses from the NJ Dept. of Health click here.
  • ServeSafe is offering free courses for restaurant owners on COVID-19 precautions for take out, delivery, and re-opening. To view them click here.

Resources for Employees:

  • New Jersey Department of Labor has put together information for employees impacted by COVID-19. Click here to visit their website.
  • The State of NJ has set up a website for information for those who may have lost their job due to COVID-19. Click here to visit it.
  • If your work has been affected by COVID-19, you may qualify for Unemployment Insurance benefits. Learn more here.
  • The recently enacted CARES ACT extends unemployment benefits to freelancers, gig workers and independent contractors, who typically are not eligible. Learn more here.
  • The State of NJ has set up a jobs portal for those looking for work. Click here to visit it.
  • The State of NJ is looking for both volunteer and paid contact tracers. Click here to find out more and sign up.

NJDOL Benefits Chart

Other Resources:

  • The Borough of Wharton will not be doing any water shut offs for non-payment during the state of emergency.
  • The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (NJBPU) has announced that the state's public gas and electric utilities have universally agreed to suspend service shutoffs statewide in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • For assistance programs from NJ Natural Gas click here.
  • For assistance programs from JCP&L click here.
  • Governor Murphy has issued an executive order prohibiting Internet and phone services from being shut off until 30 days after our current public health emergency has ended.
  • During the public health emergency, individuals cannot be removed as the result of an eviction or foreclosure proceeding.For information on housing and rental assistance and mortgage relief click here.
  • On April 24th Governor Murphy issued Executive Order 128 which allows renters to instruct their landlords to use their security deposits to offset rent or back rent during the State of Emergency and up to 60 days after. For more information click here.
  • To see if you are eligible for food assistance, cash assistance, and health insurance through the State of NJ click here.
  • There are mental health resources available for anyone struggling with the stress of the current crisis. NJ Mental Health Cares is available 8am-8pm 7 days a week at 866-202-HELP (4357). The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Helpline provides 24/7 crisis counseling and support at 800-985-5990. Saint Clare's Behavioral Health also has resources available at 1-888-626-2111. Those who may be having suicidal thoughts should call 1-855-NJ-HOPELINE (855-654-6735). For more resources click here.
  • CARES Recovery-Prevention is Key is holding virtual meetings for those struggling with addiction and other issues. For more information click here.
  • Help is available for survivors of domestic violence. Learn more here.
  • Help is available for veterans and their families to cope with the stress of the coronavirus outbreak. Learn more here.
  • Resources are available for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Learn more here.
  • If you are a Wharton senior or disabled and need assistance getting food or medicine, we have volunteers who are willing to pick up these items for you.  Please call Town Hall and we will connect you with a volunteer. Please be aware that you still need to pay for your items. Morris County also has a similar program, for more information click here.
  • There are many people spreading false information and attempting various scams, please be careful and for more information click here.

For more information:

Visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention here.

Visit the New Jersey Department of Health website here.

Wharton Borough contracts with the Township of Mount Olive Health Department. For more information from them click here.

Follow us on social media for more updates. You can find our facebook here and our twitter here

We have put together a packet of information for Senior Citizens who may not have internet access and have provided paper copies to the Senior Building. If you know a Wharton Senior who does not live in the Senior Building and does not have internet access, you can download a copy for them here or contact us at 973-361-8444 and we will mail them one.


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