Due to the anticipated inclement weather, the Union County COVID-19 Drive-Through Center is closed Monday, April 13th. The center will reopen Tuesday, April 14th at 9am. All appointments scheduled for Monday will be honored on Tuesday. Also note that due to the high volume anticipated on Tuesday, no unscheduled drive-ups will be accepted. Union County residents with COVID-19 symptoms who wish to be tested should call (908) 214 7107. First-Responders and front-line health workers may call (908) 373-5105.
Due to reports of Coronavirus cases in the U.S., many people are expressing fear and anxiety about this potentially serious illness. While it is understandable to worry about the health and safety of ourselves and out loved ones, it is important to manage our anxiety. Few make good decisions based on fear, and the 24/7 media coverage- much of it gloomy- often obscures reality and adds to a sense of panic. Taking care of your emotions, especially during times of higher stress and anxiety, is a good first step to protecting yourself and those you love.
- Fear and anxiety- about you or someone you know contracting the virus; thinking over and over about the virus spreading.
- Irritability – becoming easily angry or annoyed, or feeling “on edge”.
- Physical reactions-headaches, upset stomach, or muscle tension.
- Difficulty concentrating-being preoccupied with thoughts related to the virus.
- Insomnia- difficulty sleeping due to anxiety and worrying.
- Information overload- repeatedly monitoring media and website for the latest news on the virus.
Self-Care/Coping with the Stress Caused by a Health Crisis
- Maintain perspective and remind yourself of the facts – how real this threat to me is right now?
- Try to follow as many routine activities as possible, as this enhances comfort and predictability.
- Talk with friends, family, coworkers or a counselor about your feelings and concerns.
- Engage in some form of exercise daily; this is very effective at reducing stress.
- Limit your intake of news related to the virus.
- Do things you enjoy. Part of taking care of yourself is making time to let go and engage in positive activities; this helps give your mind a break from worry and helps maintain balance.
- Relax; use deep breathing, meditation, prayer or other relaxation techniques that work for you.
- Call the EAP for confidential assistance with many problems, including coping with health fears.
- Focus on things you have control over by creating an emergency plan, so you and your family will know what to do in a crisis; American Red Cross- how to make an emergency plan, has simple steps you can take to create a plan or check out Creating an Emergency Plan for Coronavirus.
Although Coronavirus is a health issue that is being taken very seriously by public health authorities worldwide, do not let your worry about this virus control your life. For more information on Coronavirus, visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Here is helpful information from the CDC on personal preparedness.
For Coronavirus updates in Spanish from the CDC, please make sure to visit: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index-sp.html
Please find below two additional Executive Orders and an addition to the existing Mandatory Facility Closure:
- EO 107– Clarifies what is considered “non-essential” businesses.
- EO 108 – Clarifies that Counties and Municipalities may not exceed the scope of the Governor’s Executive Orders in restricting businesses or activities.
- Executive Order on Mandatory Facilities Closure – Add’s Libraries to the list of facilities that are to close.
Order Also Prohibits All Social Gatherings, Mandates Work From Home Arrangements for Employees When Possible, and Invalidates Any Conflicting Local and County Regulations. See attachment for the full press release.
Dear Linden Residents:
We know you are concerned about the coronavirus (COVID-19). As your Mayor, I want you to know that your safety is our top priority. We should also emphasize that while the coronavirus is concerning, the overall risk to the general public remains low.
The city of Linden has no confirmed cases of coronavirus. There is one known case in Union County and that person has been quarantined in a hospital. There were 6 new cases in NJ none of which are in our county. 80 NJ residents have been tested and 23 have been confirmed to have the virus.
For the safety of our residents, I have met with City Department heads, Police and Fire Departments, and the Linden School District leaders to make sure protocols for all are in place. To date, the following have been put in place:
- City Hall will continue to be cleaned and sanitized on a daily basis, putting importance on those common areas where our residents and visitors interact,
- The City will cancel events on a case by case basis,
- Police and Fire have protocols in place to protect their employees and the residents that they serve,
- The School District will need authorization from the Local Health Department to close schools,
- The School District has sent out emails to parents regarding the special training & deep cleaning process that has been implemented,
- Our School District already has protocols in place for the safety of the students and employees, and should they have to close they have procedures in place for distant learning, and also protocols for the students who are on free and reduced lunch,
- PAL has suspended Basketball for the season.
We are monitoring this situation and every day I am on a conference call with the County Manager, who speaks with the Governor, his staff and the State Dept of Health prior to the conference call with the county Mayors. Should anything new arise I will be sure to update you. Please don’t hesitate, should you have questions or concerns to call our Linden Department of Health at 908-474-8420. You can also call NJ Department of Health hotline at 1-800-222-1222 to ask questions about the Novel Coronavirus.
You can also get up to date information on the New Jersey Department of Health and the United States Center for Disease Control and Prevention websites.
Please remember the Coronavirus spreads through contact with respiratory droplets caused by coughing and sneezing. You should be using the same prevention methods as you would to avoid a common cold or the flu. The best ways to protect yourself include:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing.
- Try to avoid touching your face.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Stay home from school or work when you are sick.
Because it is still cold and flu season, doctors’ offices and urgent care centers continue to see a significant number of patients with symptoms like fever, cough and body aches. Right now, if you’re feeling ill, it is still much more likely to be a cold or the flu rather than the coronavirus. As with the flu, most people who get coronavirus only experience mild viral symptoms such as fever, cough, muscle pain or weakness, and fatigue, and will experience a complete recovery.
The Centers for Disease Control says those infected with the virus may experience fever, cough, and shortness of breath within two to 14 days of exposure. Residents who are concerned they’ve contracted the virus, should self-quarantine and immediately call their family physician, should your doctor not be able to be reached please call the NJ Coronavirus hotline at 1-800-222-1222.
Mayor Derek Armstead
Given the rise of the Coronavirus [COVID 19] as a global health concern, we want to assure the community that our office is working closely with the Health Department, to ensure that residents are educated and prepared for the evolving situation. The following is a fact sheet with up-to-date information regarding this developing concern.
The New Jersey Department of Health hotline 1-800-222-1222 or 1-800-962-1253 (if using out-of-state phone line) is for the public to ask questions about the 2019 Novel Coronavirus.
We would also like to remind all members of our community, there are everyday preventive actions that can be taken to help limit the spread of respiratory viruses; including the Coronavirus and flu.
Common measures the CDC recommends for the general public include:Avoid close contact with people who are sick.Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. (Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol, if soap and water is not available).
As of today, the Coronavirus has made its way into New Jersey. The City of Linden is taking proactive, affirmative steps to protect our employees and citizens. This policy is the City’s first line response. For more information, please read the attached document.