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For the latest information on the COVID-19 vaccine and vaccination effort, as well as an update on COVID-19 related information, please follow the more info link below.
New Jersey has developed an extensive network of vaccination sites to serve those currently eligible for vaccination, but vaccine supply is still very limited and will be for some time. At this time, there are over 250 vaccination centers across the State, none of which have received enough vaccine to be anywhere close to their throughput capacity. The State will not authorize additional vaccine providers, vaccination centers, or clinics for the foreseeable future. Opening additional, undersupplied locations will not contribute to the efficient administration of vaccine. Therefore, the strategy is to provide a steady and reliable supply of vaccine to the existing sites so they can operate at capacity, as quickly as possible. Local health departments are trained to support the mega-sites and other existing sites where possible. Those in the eligible priority groups are asked to remain patient, as it could take weeks for appointments to become available at vaccination centers.
Currently, vaccines are available to:
Note: If you make your first dose appointment by booking directly with a vaccine clinic, you should schedule a second dose appointment when you have your first appointment. If you did not receive a second dose appointment at the time of receiving your first dose, you need to contact the site where you received your first vaccine for assistance scheduling the second dose.
There will be more vaccine with each coming week and month.
Residency in Morris County is not required for this Vaccination Center. At this time, COVID vaccinations at this, or any site, are for the eligible priority groups specified above, only.
Registration Instructions for Eligible Priority Groups at the Mega Vaccination Center, Sears Building, Rockaway Townsquare Mall – This site requires those seeking vaccinations at this location to register directly with this vaccination center.
Nationally, the number of new COVID-19 infections have begun to decline substantially. However, it is important to note that the risk of future increases across the country still looms. This is largely because of the following:
In New Jersey, the numbers of new COVID infections and hospitalizations are falling. Deaths have stabilized and will likely fall in proportion to the trend of declining numbers of confirmed cases and hospitalizations. The hospitalizations and deaths have consistently been in much lower proportion to the total number of infections experienced in the first wave in the spring of 2020.
The rate of transmission in NJ is fluctuating in recent weeks below 1.0 Anything above 1.0 is considered concerning. The higher the number, the greater the risk of viral spread throughout the community. As of February 8, 2021, all six regions of the State remain classified as HIGH (Orange) COVID Activity. Over the course of the last two weeks, the numbers of new COVID cases are declining in all of the municipalities within the Pequannock Health Department’s jurisdictions. Some of the regions of NJ are getting close to becoming classified as MODERATE (yellow) COVID Activity. Hopefully this will be seen in one of the coming weeks.
Please note, the daily cumulative numbers of infected individuals displayed by municipality in the Morris County link below are subject to fluctuate. At times, a percentage of cases are assigned to the wrong municipalities. Also, labs sometimes mistakenly enter the healthcare provider’s address rather than the patients’ addresses, which may skew the numbers to some extent. Corrections are made over time, as these inaccuracies are discovered. However, it should be emphasized, that the trends illustrated by the data are generally accurate.
Please see the links below for the NJDOH COVID Activity Dashboard, the NJ Regional COVID Activity Reports and the links to the Morris County Health Department COVID Website. Morris County links include daily updates of cumulative numbers of cases by municipality and the COVID Activity and Risk Level in each of the State’s six regions. All six regions are now categorized at high risk of spread (orange), just as it has been for the last several weeks.
Statewide and Regional COVID Activity Report and Risk Level by Region
Morris County-Based COVID Information including Data for Total Positive Cases by Municipality and COVID Testing Availability
Morris County has transitioned away from the Vault At-Home testing option, however, please be advised that symptomatic individuals who are unable to leave their homes will still have the ability to order an At-Home COVID test via pixel by Lab Corps, which will remain posted on the Morris County website.
No-Cost In-Person Testing at the County College of Morris (CCM)
Morris County is now offering no-cost, in-person saliva COVID testing at County College of Morris. On Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 9am to 4 pm.
Directions and Precautions
Parking at CCM for people with appointments will be reserved in Lot 6, where individuals using public transportation to and from CCM also may board or disembark from a bus. To find directions to CCM and learn more about public transportation options to and from the campus, please go to the CCM website.
List of Testing Sites in Morris County
Anti-Viral Therapies Continue to be Approved and they have Become More Available at Healthcare Facilities Across the Country
On October 22, 2020, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the antiviral drug Veklury (remdesivir) for use in adult and pediatric patients 12 years of age and older and weighing at least 40 kilograms (about 88 pounds) for the treatment of COVID-19 requiring hospitalization. The FDA states that Veklury should only be administered in a hospital or in a healthcare setting capable of providing acute care comparable to inpatient hospital care. Veklury is the first treatment for COVID-19 to receive FDA approval.
On November 21, 2020, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued an emergency use authorization (EUA) for casirivimab and imdevimab to be administered together for the treatment of mild to moderate COVID-19 in adults and pediatric patients (12 years of age or older weighing at least 40 kilograms [about 88 pounds]) with positive results of direct SARS-CoV-2 viral testing and who are at high risk for progressing to severe COVID-19. This includes those who are 65 years of age or older or who have certain chronic medical conditions.
Monoclonal antibodies are laboratory-made proteins that mimic the immune system’s ability to fight off harmful pathogens such as viruses. Casirivimab and imdevimab are monoclonal antibodies that are specifically directed against the spike protein of SARS-CoV-2, designed to block the virus’ attachment and entry into human cells.
For additional information about COVID vaccines, therapeutics and Emergency Use Authorizations (EUA) please see the FDA and CDC links below:
CDC Vaccines Index
CDC Vaccines FAQ
The NJ Department of Health (NJDOH) has provided additional contact tracers to our local Health Department from the State work force. They support the operation while under the direction of the Pequannock Health Department’s nurse supervisors. The Department has recently received additional contact tracers to assist in our jurisdiction.
Revised Definition of Close Contact to a COVID Positive Individual
Effective as of October 22, 2020, the New Jersey Department of Health (NJDOH) updated their criteria for what is now considered a “Close Contact” in regards to someone’s exposure to a COVID-19 positive individual. As you were made aware in past communications, the previous definition of a “Close Contact” by the NJDOH was any individual 6 feet or closer to a COVID-19 positive individual for 10 consecutive minutes. This definition has now been changed by the NJDOH to read – “a total of 15 minutes or more of close contact exposure (6 feet or closer) to an infected person during a 24-hour period”. Those who have been determined to be a close contact to a COVID -19 positive individual must quarantine or a period of not less than 14 days. This remains unchanged.
School Operations While Addressing COVID Outbreaks
The Pequannock Health Department is working closely with these institutions to contact trace, investigate, isolate, and quarantine individuals to quickly contain any spread of the COVID-19 virus that may be identified within these institutions. In many cases, as COVID cases have increased, classes or certain schools have suspended in-person instruction for 14 day quarantine periods or while performing investigations to ascertain the level of spread, when spread within the school population exceeds or may exceed CDC and NJDOH guidelines. Updated K thru 12 guidance may be found at https://www.state.nj.us/health/cd/topics/covid2019_schools.shtml
Attendance at Crowded Gatherings and Travel Increase Risk of COVID Transmission
During the winter and as we are now in cold and flu season, it cannot be stressed enough that large, crowded gatherings, especially indoor or in closed tents, where social distancing isn't being practiced and where face masks aren't being worn when necessary, are in part contributing to the spread of COVID-19. This is especially true at parties or large events where eating and drinking precludes the use of masks. At certain events music may also be playing loudly, which causes people to get close and project so they can be heard in conversation. Indoor spaces are not be as well ventilated and these spaces may make it difficult to socially distance properly. Another driver is travel and /or social interactions, especially indoors, while not practicing safety precautions.
It is advised that indoor gatherings be limited to 10 people or less.
The public must continue to be diligent about the following, while enjoying activities:
It is advised that travel be limited to necessary travel only. For more NJDOH Travel Advisory Information please visit the FAQ Website:
Executive Order 219 - Governor Murphy Signs Executive Order Raising Indoor Capacity Limits from 25 Percent to 35 Percent for Certain Businesses
Executive Orders may be issued by the Governor to establish or relax restrictions on certain businesses, social activities and gatherings. For detailed information, please refer to the entire content of the Executive Orders and Executive Directives at the links below.
Please seethe link for all Executive Orders to date:
Please see the link for an up to date list of Executive Directives that the Health Department is responsible to enforce