COVID-19 / Coronavirus Information

In conjunction with the Township of Denville, The Denville Board of Health, the Denville Office of Emergency Management, and the Denville Volunteer Fire Department, the Denville Police Department created this page as a resource to obtain validated information on the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.  This page will be updated as often as possible with pertinent information from each of the aforementioned organizations.  Please continue to follow the guidance of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the various orders issued through the state, county or township.  We want to wish everyone and their families good health throughout this crisis.




05/26/20:  Governor Murphy announces authorization of in-person graduation ceremonies that meet specific social distancing guidelines and authorization of professional sports teams which train or play in New Jersey to practice and engage in games or matches, if their leagues resume competition. 


05/22/20:  Governor Murphy announced the signing of an executive order (EO 148) permitting outside gatherings of up to 25 people and the opening of recreational campgrounds.

- A message from Denville Township Mayor Tom Andes regarding Memorial Day and various Township programs.

- NJDEA Small Business COVID-19 Grant Program Phase 2 Information:

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05/18/20:  The following legislative changes were signed into law by Governor Murphy on 05/15/20:
S2356/A3946:  Provides relief for students enrolled in various state higher education financial aid programs and address the unique circumstances brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.
-  A3966: Authorizes the sale and delivery of alcoholic beverages by the holders of certain retail consumption licenses and concessionaire permits during the COVID-19 state of emergency.


05/13/20:  Govenor Murphy announced EO-142, permitting resumption of non-essential construction, curbside pickup at non-essential retail businesses, and gatherings in cars.


05/07/20 : Stop COVID-19 Fraud Fact Sheet from Homeland Security Investigations


05/04/20:  Governor Murphy announced that all schools will remain closed for rest of the 2019/20 academic year and will continue with remote learning.
- Press Release


05/01/20:  Information on the Reopening of Denville Parks:

The Township of Denville will have a partial reopening of its public parks beginning on Saturday, May 2, 2020.  Denville parks will be open for the following passive recreational activities in which social distancing can be achieved and maintained: walking, hiking, running, jogging and fishing (with appropriate license and permits, as required).  Furthermore, the Dog Park at Veterans Memorial Park will also be opened with humans required to follow social distancing protocols.

All public buildings & restrooms, playgrounds, athletic fields, courts, play areas, gazebos and picnic pavilions SHALL REMAIN CLOSED until further notice.  Please note that parking may be limited in certain parks in order to reduce the number of people at each facility.

To allow parks and trails to remain open for passive recreation, users are asked to strictly adhere to the following safety protocols:

•  It is recommended that all park users wear face coverings.

•  Observe social distancing protocols of at least 6 feet from others at all times, except for immediate family members, caretakers, household members or romantic partners. If this is not possible, users should leave that location and find an alternative location. Gatherings of individuals at the parks is prohibited.

•  While on trails and paths, warn others of your presence and step aside to let others pass.

•  No picknicking will be permitted and no picnic blankets, chairs, coolers or other such personal property shall be carried into the parks.

•  To facilitate reduced interpersonal contact, some paths/trails may be marked with directional arrows for all users (such as "flow of traffic shall be counter-clockwise").  Please adhere to these requirements.

•  Do not use the parks or trails if you are exhibiting any signs or symptoms of COVID-19.

The Township sincerely appreciates your anticipated cooperation. In following the above protocols, we can all ensure our friends and neighbors remain safe and that the Township will be able to keep the parks open.


04/30/20 :  A message from the Township Administration regarding the implementation of a Property Tax Grace Period:
- On April 28, 2020, Governor Phil Murphy signed Executive Order #130 granting authority for municipalities to extend, via resolution, the grace period for 2nd quarter property taxes from May 11, 2020 to June 1, 2020.  Based upon a detailed financial analysis performed at the request of Mayor Thomas Andes, it has been demonstrated the Township of Denville would be able to meet all of its fiduciary responsibilities and obligations if it extended the tax grace period to June 1st.  Mayor Andes fully supports the extension of the grace period and credits the entire Township Council and their conservative approach to fiscal planning and budgeting during the past years to have put us in a healthy financial position to be able to approve such an extension and provide needed relief to those property owners who may have been adversely impacted by the current COVID-19 pandemic.


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04/29/20 :  The NJ State Association of Chiefs of Police, in cooperation with Prevention Awareness Networks, has released two COVID-19 informational videos.  The videos contain basic information on the Covid-19 virus, what symptoms to be aware of and how to keep your family safe and healthy.  One of the videos is geared toward an adult audience and the second is for younger children.
- Video for Adult Audiences
- Video for Younger Audiences


04/28/20 :  If any Denville resident is experiencing food insecurity or having difficulty affording the basic necessities as a result of the COVID-19 crisis, Denville Social Services may be able to help.  Please call 973-625-8300 ext. 269 for additional information.


04/27/20 : Governor Murphy announced his plan, The Road Back: Restoring Economic Health Through Public Health, to reopen the state this afternoon.  Please click here to view a fact sheet on the plan.


04/27/20 :  Paycheck Protection Program Update: On Monday, April 27, 2020, at 10:30 am, the Small Business Administration will resume accepting applications through approved lenders.  For more information, click here.


04/27/20 :  Denville residents, if you are in need of pet food or temporary alternate housing for your pets, please contact Denville Township Animal Control Officer Meredith Petrillo at 973-627-4900 ext. 5 for assistance.


04/22/20 :  The New Jersey Firemen's Home in Boonton has been hard hit by the COVID-19 virus.  They have recently requested donations of isolation gowns and are also seeking certified nursing assistants or nurses to assist with the care of residents.  Click the below link for additional information.
- NJ Firemen's Home COVID-19 Updates


04/21/20 : Public service announcement from the FBI regarding an increase in online extortion schemes during the COVID-19 pandemic.
- FBI PSA - Online Extortion Scams Increasing During the COVID-19 Crisis


04/13/20 : Important Message from St. Clare's Hospital regarding seeking treatment for non-COVID related health issues.
- Message


04/08/20 :  NJ Senator Cory Booker's office released a resource guide for New Jerseyans.  The guide includes details on resources from the recently passed CARES Act, FAQs that may be helpful for Mayors/elected officials fielding questions from constituents or small businesses, links to additional resources and information throughout, phone numbers for hotlines and helplines for New Jerseyans and information on how to reach out to Senator Booker’s office for assistance.  The document will be updated regularly on booker.senate.gov/coronavirus.
-  A Coronavirus Pandemic Resource Guide for New Jerseyans

04/08/20 : NJ Office of the Attorney General released guidance regarding remote on-line meeting platform safety.
-  Cyber Safety Alert: Remote On-Line Meeting Platform Compromises


04/07/20 :  St. Clare's Hospital is seeking registered nurses (RNs) for Critical Care areas and the Emergency Department for all shifts (12 hour shifts). Nurses from Pennsylvania and Delaware are eligible, as they do not need to have a NJ license at this time.  If interested, please call Karen Sosnowski at 973-537-3855 or e-mail SCNJCCenter@primehealthcare.com.

04/07/20 :  A Hotline has been established to assist in combating coronavirus fraud as well as hoarding and price gouging.  Complaints can be called in to the National Center for Disaster Fraud Hotline at 866-720-5721 or by email disaster@leo.gov.

04/07/20 :  Morris County is putting out an emergency call for Registered Nurses, Licensed Practical Nurses and medical professionals who are available during this COVID-19 health crisis to sign up for paid openings at healthcare facilities across Morris County that are short of qualified medical personnel and looking to hire people immediately.  For more information, visit Operation Saves-a-Life.


04/04/20 :  The CDC has issued a recommendation that people wear masks in public in order to help stem the risk of community spread. 
Recommendation Regarding the Use of Cloth Face Coverings, Especially in Areas of Significant Community Based Transmission


04/02/20 : Information on extension of Real ID deadline, extension of NJ tax deadline and the CDC travel advisory.
- Real ID deadline extended to October 1, 2021
- NJ extends state tax deadline to July 15, 2020 (same as federal tax extension)
- CDC issues domestic travel advisory


 04/01/20 :
Message from Mayor Andes
- COVID-19/Novel Coronavirus Information for New Jersey Businesses 
The Coronavirus Relief Bill: Every Benefit for Small Businesses
Emergency Assistance Eligibility Wizard
- NJEDA Announces New Initiatives to Support Businesses Impacted by COVID-19
- Facebook Small Business Grants Program
- What benefits or unemployment insurance are available to me if I have been impacted by the outbreak?


03/30/20 : Information and guidance on the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) from the United States Department of Labor (DOL).

FFCRA Questions & Answers


03/29/20 :  Information released from the Office of the Governor regarding mortgage relief during the COVID-19 pandemic and information from the NJ Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) regarding benefits.
Mortgage Payment Relief Press Release
- SNAP Assistance During Coronavirus 


03/27/20 :  Morris County, in coordination with Atlantic Health System, will open a COVID-19 drive-thru testing center for Morris County residents only, at the County College of Morris (CCM) in Randolph starting on Monday, March 30.  Residents must have a printed copy of a COVID-19 medical prescription from a physician, must have an appointment and must show up in a vehicle in order to access the testing site.  Registration to schedule appointments will begin on Sunday, March 29, at 10 a.m.  For additional information on this testing site, please click here.

Special testing for healthcare workers and first responders will take place on Saturday, March 28, at the state's drive-thru testing facilities located at the Bergen Community College in Paramus and the PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel.  Testing will only be conducted on healthcare workers and first responders who are displaying symptoms of COVID-19 and present valid credentials identifying their role.  Starting on Saturday, April 4, the PNC Bank Arts Center location will be open every Saturday for healthcare workers and first responders only.  Again, the personnel must be symptomatic and have valid credentials identifying their role.  For additional information on these two sites, click here.
 


03/27/20 :  Updated fact sheets and guides regarding COVID-19.
- COVID-19 Economic Relief Package (NJ Economic Development Authority/NJEDA)
New Initiatives to Support Businesses Impacted by COVID-19 - NJEDA (Added 03/28/20)
- Third Stimulus Bill Provisions
- Instructions for Persons who Tested Positive for COVID-19
- Instructions for Persons who Tested Negative for COVID-19


03/26/20 :  The garbage and recycling collection calendar remains unchanged during the current COVID-19 pandemic.  Gaeta Recycling has reported a significant increase in the volume of residential solid waste and recycling as more residents are staying home around the clock (as recommended) in conjunction with the temporary closure of the Denville Recycling Center.  This results in additional trips during the day to the solid waste and recycling transfer facilities, which may result in a delay in the normal time your garbage or recycling is collected.  The crews from Gaeta are working late into the afternoon and early evening in an attempt to complete all the routes.

In the event your garbage or recycling is not collected on or before 7:30 PM on the day scheduled, please leave your garbage or recycling curbside and complete this online form.  Gaeta will return to those streets that were missed first thing the following morning.  We appreciate your patience during this time. 


03/26/20 :  Employees may report their employers if they are not following the guidelines of Executive Order 107 in one of two ways:

- Via a website:  https://covid19.nj.gov/violation
- Via phone: 2-1-1

Residents may also contact the Denville Police Department at 973-627-4900 ext. 9 if the business is located within Denville Township.


03/25/20 :  Information on Businesses Resources from Rep. Mikie Sherrill's Office and a fact sheet for other business resources.
- Rep. Mikie Sherrill's Website
- Information Sheet


03/24/20 :  The Morris County Health Department has prepared two flyers for essential businesses that remain open to educate their employees on COVID-19 and social distancing.  These flyers may be printed and utilized by any businesses who wish to do so.
- Flyer: Employee COVID-19 Fact Sheet
- Flyer: Employee Social Distancing Fact Sheet


03/20/20 :  Video Message from Mayor Andes, Superintendent Forte and Chief Perna


03/20/20 :  Message from the Denville Police Department - Update & COVID-19 Scams
- Graphic: Six Feet Apart Please (English)
- Graphic: A Una Distencia Di 6 Pies Par Favor (Spanish)
- Graphic: Social Distancing - What does it mean? (banner/English)
- Graphic: Social Distancing - What does it mean? (English)
- Graphic: Distanciamiento Social - Que significa esto? (Spanish)


03/18/20 :  Message from the Denville Fire Department


03/17/20 :  Message from the Denville Police Department - Response Guidelines


03/16/20 :  Message From Mayor Tom Andes


03/15/20 :  Message Regarding the Closure of Township Parks


03/10/20 :  Information on COVID-19 from the Denville Health Department
- Fact Sheet: Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
- Fact Sheet: Share the Facts about COVID-19
- Fact Sheet: Symptoms of Coronavirus Disease 2019
- Fact Sheet: Stop the Spread of Germs


Executive Orders Issued by Governor Murphy Related to the COVID-19 Pandemic:

EO 102 - Establishes Coronavirus Task Force
EO 103 - Declaration of State of Emergency & Public Health Emergency
EO 104 - Announces Aggressive Social Distancing Measures (Superceded by EO 107)
EO 105 - Announces Changes to Upcoming New Jersey Elections
EO 106 - Enacts Moratorium on Removals of Individuals Due to Evictions or Foreclosures
EO 107 - Directs all Residents to Stay at Home until Further Notice (Supercedes EO 104)
EO 108 - Invalidates County/Municipal Restriction that Conflict with EO 107
EO 109 - Suspends All Elective Surgeries, Invasive Procedures
EO 110 - Requires Child Care Centers Close on April 1 Unless Serving Children of Essential Workers
EO 111 - Directs Health Care Facilities to Report Data, Including PPE Inventory and Bed Capacity, On a Daily Basis
EO 112 - Removes Barriers to Health Care Professionals Joining New Jersey's COVID-19 Response and Provides Protections for Front Line Health Care Responders
EO 113 - Authorizes Commandeering of Property Such as Medical Supplies
EO 114 - Directs U.S. and N.J. Flags to Fly at Half-Staff Indefinitely in Honor of Those Who Have Lost Their Lives or Have Been Affected by COVID-19
EO 115 - Strengthens COVID-19 Response Efforts by Allowing Certain Retirees to Return to Public Employment
EO 116 - Extends Statutory Deadlines for School Districts Whose Elections Were Moved from April to May
EO 117 - Waives Student Assessment Requirements for 2019-2020 School Year
EO 118 - Closes State and County Parks to Further Social Distancing
EO 119 - Extends Public Health Emergency in New Jersey
EO 120 - Postponement of June 2nd Primary Elections until July 7th
EO 121 - Allows Greater Weight Limit for Vehicles Carrying COVID-19 Relief Supplies
EO 122 - Ceases All Non-Essential Construction Projects and Imposes Additional Mitigation Requirements on Essential Retail Businesses and Industries to Limit the Spread of COVID-19
EO 123 - Extends Insurance Premium Grace Periods
EO 124 - Establishes a Process to Grant Temporary Reprieve to Certain At-Risk Inmates
EO 125 - Implements Additional Mitigation Requirements on NJ TRANSIT, Private Carriers, and Restaurants to Limit the Spread of COVID-19
EO 126 - Prohibits Cable and Telecommunications Providers from Terminating Internet and Voice Service
EO 127 - Extends Certain Deadlines Associated with Rulemaking
EO 128 - Provides Critical Short-Term Support for Renters
EO 129 - Extends Retired Officer Carry Permits by a period of 90 days until after the ongoing Public Health Emergency ends.
EO 130 - Allows Municipalities to Extend the Grace Period for May 1st Property Tax Payments until June 1st
EO 131 - Creates a commission charged with advising the administration on the timing and preparation for New Jersey’s recovery from the COVID-19 shutdown.
EO 132 - Allows Electronic Petition Submission and Signature Collection for Initiatives and Referenda.
EO 133Reopens State Parks and Golf Courses.
EO 135 - Suspends in-person requirements for receipt of a marriage license and marriage ceremonies, and for the receipt of working papers for minors.
EO 136Extends Statutory Deadlines for Various Environmental Laws
EO 137Recognizes New Fiscal Realities Due to COVID-19 Pandemic
EO 138 -  Extends the Public Health Emergency in New Jersey
EO 140Names Restart and Recovery Advisory Council
EO 141 - Mandates that all local, county, and regional health departments use the CommCare platform to support their contact tracing efforts.
EO 142Permits Resumption of Non-Essential Construction, Curbside Pickup at Non-Essential Retail Businesses, and Gatherings in Cars
EO 143Allows Beaches, Boardwalks, Lakes, and Lakeshores to Remain Open with Social Distancing Measures in Place
EO 144Protects Public Health by Mailing Every Registered Voter a VBM Ballot or Application Ahead of the Primary Election
EO 145Allows Elective Surgeries and Invasive Procedures to Resume on May 26
EO 146Reopens Charter Fishing and Watercraft Rental Businesses
EO 147 - Reopnes certain outdoor recreational businesses and activities.
EO 148Increases Capacity Limit on Outdoor Gatherings

Administrative Orders Issued by Colonel Callahan (NJSP/OEM)
Related to the COVID-19 Pandemic

AO 2020-2:  Makes additions, clarifications, and exceptions, and to the list of facilities closed to members of the public.
AO 2020-3a:  Makes additions and clarifications to the list of facilities closed to members of the public.
AO 2020-3b:  Makes additions and clarifications to the list of facilities closed to members of the public.

AO 2020-4:  Makes clarifications related to the provisions regarding the gatherings of individuals.
AO 2020-5:  Makes additions and clarifications to the list of essential retail businesses.
AO 2020-6:  Makes additions, clarifications and exceptions to the list of essential retail businesses and to the list of recreational and entertainment businesses.
AO 2020-7:  Makes clarifications and exceptions related to the provisions regarding the gatherings of individuals.
AO 2020-8:  Makes additions, amendments, clarifications, exceptions, and exclusions to the restrictions on online marketplaces for arranging or offering lodging. 
AO 2020-9:  Clarifies that Administrative Order 2020-08.
AO 2020-10:  Makes clarifications and exceptions to the list of essential retail businesses and to the list of recreational and entertainment businesses.
AO 2020-11:  Identifies construction of new religious facilities or construction involving existing religious facilities as essential construction projects permitted under E.O. 122.
AO 2020-12:  Clarifies the closure of recreational and entertainment activities within essential businesses.


Bills enacted by the State of New Jersey Supporting Businesses and Employees

NJ A3845 (20R) allows the Economic Development Authority to extend grants to small businesses impacted by the virus;
NJ A3848 (20R) would prohibit employers from firing workers who need to take time off because of the coronavirus;
NJ A3855 (20R) would require the state’s departments and agencies to put information about accessing food on public notifications relating to public health emergencies;
NJ A3861 (20R) would allow corporations to hold shareholders’ meetings remotely, rather than in person, during a state of emergency;
NJ A3865 (20R) would allow grocery stores to limit returns of goods purchased during the current public health state of emergency;


2-1-1 NJ's COVID-19 Information Hotline:

NJ residents may call 2-1-1 (or, 1-800-962-1253) at any time, 24 hours a day, to obtain general information on COVID-19.
In addition, you may text NJCOVID to 898-211 to receive text information on COVID-19 to stay informed.  You may also text your zip code to 989-211 to receive live text assistance.


Domestic Violence Resources During COVID-19 Pandemic

During the period of COVID-19 court closures, applications for a Temporary Restraining Order may be filed with the local police department where (1) the victim resides or is sheltered; or (2) where the defendant resides; or (3) where the incident occurred.  As such, if the victim lives or is sheltered within Denville Township; or, the defendant lives within Denville Township; or, the incident occurred within Denville Township, the victim may seek a temporary restraining order through the Denville Police Department.

If you are in need of domestic violence services you can contact any of the following resources:
-  Morris County Family Justice Center at 973-829-4050 or www.Morrisfjc.org
-  JBWS:  973-267-7520 or www.JBWS.org
-  Safety, Support and Solutions for All:   24 hour hotline at 1-877-R U ABUSED (1-877-782-2873) / If you are Hearing Impaired, you can contact  973-314-4192
-  Center for Non-Violence counseling programs at 973-539-7801


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Addiction Recovery Services During COVID-19

www.caresnj.org  or  call 973-625-1143 (24/7)
Recovery Services during COVID Morris County
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