“The health and wellbeing of our Manchester Township residents and employees is always our top priority, and this is especially true as we monitor the COVID-19 situation. We urge all residents to stay informed through trustworthy information sources, to take simple but effective health precautions, and to check on their loved ones and neighbors. Before we know it, this too shall pass,” said Mayor Palmer.
In addition to checking Manchester Township’s municipal and police websites (www.ManchesterTwp.com and www.ManchesterPoliceNJ.com) for information, residents are also advised to sign up and/or follow the below services:
• Nixle text message alerts: Text “08759” to 888777
• Manchester Township Facebook page: facebook.com/ManchesterNJ
• Manchester Police Facebook page: facebook.com/ManchesterPolice
• NJ Dept. of Health Facebook page: facebook.com/NJDeptofHealth
• State of NJ Facebook page: facebook.com/NJGov
• World Health Organization: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019
• CDC: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html
Residents are reminded to follow some simple precautions to avoid contracting or spreading COVID-19:
• Wash your hands with soap and water regularly, for at least 20 seconds.
• Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or sleeve, not your hands.
• Use alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
• Stay home if you are sick and avoid sick people.
• Clean and disinfect regularly.
• Avoid touching your face especially the eyes, nose and mouth.
• Review and follow CDC travel advisories when planning travel. If you become ill after returning home to the United States, call your healthcare provider before going to a doctor’s office or emergency department of a hospital. They may want to place a mask on you before you enter the building to protect other people.
• Get a flu shot – it’s not too late to be protected. The Ocean County Health Department is offering FREE flu shots.
• Coronavirus questions are being handled by the health experts at the New Jersey Poison Control Center at 1-800-222-1222. Ocean County Health Department COVID-19 Answer Line is 732-341-9700, Ext. 7411.
- New Jersey COVID-19 Information Hub
- Ocean County Health Department COVID-19 Information Hub
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) COVID-19 website
- New Jersey Department of Health, COVID-19 website
- Instructions for persons who tested negative for COVID-19
- Instructions for persons who test positive for COVID-19
Department of Labor:
The Department of Labor created a new web portal that allows New Jersey residents to contact the Department of Labor directly. This is a helpful tool for residents who have questions about their applications. To submit a message, residents must go to www.myunemployment.nj.gov and follow the instructions below:
- On the top navigation, scroll to the right for “Need Help” and unveil the drop down menu
- Choose Send an Email
- Choose Email: Submit a message through our new online form.
- Follow the prompts
Mental Health Resources: Mental Health Hotline: 866-202-4357, NJ Hopeline (peer support and suicide prevention hotline): 855-654-6735
Virtual Recovery Meetings:
Recovery meetings are a crucial aspect of sobriety, especially as our community deals with the #COVID19 pandemic. RWJBarnabas Health, in an effort to preserve the recovery communities that were built together and continue to provide a place of hope and safety during these challenging times, has created a full calendar of virtual All Recovery meetings that may be joined online or by phone. Click here for a listing of RWJ Barnabas Health Virtual Recovery Meetings.
FEMA TESTING SITES: There are two drive-through Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) COVID-19 testing sites open for SYMPTOMATIC RESIDENTS ONLY. You must bring identification to show proof of NJ residency (government issued photo ID). If you are a healthcare provider or first responder, bring appropriate ID. Parent/ guardian of an individual less than 18 years of age must be present.
- Bergen County Community College, 400 Paramus Road in Paramus (Bergen County)
- PNC Art Center, 116 Garden State Parkway in Holmdel (Monmouth County)
These locations will only test you if you have a fever of at least 99.6F and respiratory symptoms and shortness of breath. Those who do NOT meet the criteria will be turned away. If you have a prescription for testing, bring it with you. Both locations are open from 8am-4pm 7 days a week. Testing is free and will be covered by the federal government or personal insurance company. If you have health insurance, please bring your healthcare/ medical insurance card, although it is not a requiement to be tested. Do not take fever-reducing medicine prior to testing (such as Tylenol of Advil) for at least 6 hours prior to arrival. Pre-registration is not required. If you have not received your test results after 7 days from when you were tested at these sites, contact the NJ Department of Health at firstname.lastname@example.org You can also contact the respective lab for your test results after 7 days: Bergen County College (Bergen): Quest Diagnostics, and PNC Arts Center (Monmouth): LabCorp.
MANCHESTER TOWNSHIP COVID-19 IMPORTANT INFORMATION / UPDATES
- HELPING HAND FOOD SHOPPING SERVICES for MANCHESTER TOWNSHIP SENIORS
- Manchester Township Monitors and Prepares for Potential COVID-19 Impact March 13th, 2020
- Letter from Mayor Palmer to Senior Communities March 18th, 2020
- Save the trip to town hall. A List of ways that you can conduct Town Hall business without having to be on premises.
- Bldg. Dept. Bulletin COVID-19 Alert & Guidelines 4-3-2020
- CDC: Use of Cloth Face Coverings to Help Slow the Spread of COVID-19
- RWJ Barnabas Health Virtual Recovery Meeting Information
- Fear of COVID-19 may rise in contribute to rise in DOA calls