Updated 10-21-20: COVID-19 Information

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2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

(Updated- October 21, 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

  • Town Hall is open to the public, however 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.  Face coverings are required for all visitors to the building and social distancing practices will be in place.
  • The Wharton Library is open to the public by appointment only for indoor browsing. For more information 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 recreation as allowable by State guidelines at this time.
  • 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.
  • 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.

  • Statewide regulations are regularly changing. For the most up to date information click here.
  • 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.

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.

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.

Other Resources:

  • Assitance programs are continuously be offered through the State and other agencies. For an up to date listing of assistance programs available click here.
  • In accordance with Governor Murphy's executive order 190- no household may have its electricity, gas service, or water service shut off for nonpayment. This moratorium on utility shutoffs is extended to at least March 15, 2021 and applies to all residential gas, electric and water utilities, both public and private.
  • For assistance programs from NJ Natural Gas click here.
  • For assistance programs from JCP&L 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.
  • 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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