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Recently, Governor Murphy released Executive Order 242, relaxing some restrictions enacted to combat the spread of COVID-10. See more info below for up to date information on current requirements, vaccination efforts and COVID-19.
Nationally, the number of new infections is decreasing rapidly. In New Jersey, the numbers of new COVID infections, hospitalizations and deaths continue to trend downward, sharply.
The rate of transmission in NJ is fluctuating in recent weeks between 0.30 and 0.70. Anything above 1.00 is considered concerning. The higher the number, the greater the risk of viral spread throughout the community. As of May 28, 2021, five of the six regions of the State are classified as MODERATE (yellow) COVID Activity, for more than three consecutive weeks, and trends continue to improve. The Southeast Region of the State has now fallen into LOW (green) COVID Activity Classification. The rate of new COVID infections in all of the municipalities within the Pequannock Health Department’s jurisdictions are rapidly declining.
The spread of COVID is largely driven by the following factors:
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 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 Websites. 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.
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:
Updated COVID-19 Vaccination Information
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The impact of the pandemic on every sector of our society has been devastating. While the COVID pandemic remains with us, and should rising numbers of infection emerge through the unvaccinated population, the return to a normal, fully open, and healthy society could be delayed. The impact of this would continue to prolong the dire threats to public health that have been observed over the last year. These impacts have included increased rates of suicide, drug addiction, alcoholism, depression, emotional and psychological distress, among other negative impacts. The quicker this pandemic is eradicated, the quicker our nation will heal and grow. The greatest way to do this, is through vaccination.
Though millions of Americans have been vaccinated and the COVID rate of transmission has rapidly declined, the demand for the vaccine has begun to wane. This is concerning, as we are still not quite where we should be to insulate ourselves from the potential of higher infection rates and the COVID variants that are emerging. The importance of getting more than 70% of the population vaccinated as quickly as possible, cannot be overstated.
For more information on the progress of New Jersey’s vaccination program, please follow these links: https://covid19.nj.gov/pages/vaccine and for the NJDOH COVID Dashboard: https://www.nj.gov/health/cd/topics/covid2019_dashboard.shtml
Trials are underway with other vaccines for those who are under 18 years of age.
Note: If you make your first dose appointment by booking directly with a vaccine clinic, you should schedule a second dose appointment at the time 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.
Starting May 16, the vaccination center will be closed on Sundays and Mondays. It will also be closed on Memorial Day weekend (May 29-31).Walk-ups
The Site is now accepting walk-ups between 8 am and 3pm daily. Vaccinations are available for people 16 and over. Individuals between 16 and 18 must have a parent of legal guardian accompany them to the site.
Those with appointments will be processed FIRST, so please be patient when you arrive.
Note that the Site is distributing the Pfizer vaccine. If you come without an appointment for your second Pfizer shot, you'll be asked when and where you received your first shot.
Schedule an Appointment
Scheduling appointments is the preferred method as walk-up will take more time to register. Walk-sups are only accepted between 8 am and 3 pm. Earlier or later times require an appointment. Get an appointment at the Morris County Regional Vaccination Center.
The Johnson and Johnson single shot vaccine has been approved and secured for this program. This program has been reinitiated now that the pause on Johnson and Johnson vaccine has been lifted.
Those who are homebound should contact the following:
The Morris County Aging & Disability Resource Connection: 973-285-6848
The Morris County Homebound COVID-19 Vaccination Program: 973-326-7828
Anti-Viral Therapies Continue to be approved and they have become more available at Healthcare Facilities Across the Country
For additional information about COVID vaccines, therapeutics and Emergency Use Authorizations (EUA) please see the FDA and CDC links below:
Morris County will provide At-Home COVID test via pixel by Lab Corps, for symptomatic individuals who are unable to leave their homes. See the Morris County website at https://health.morriscountynj.gov/coronavirus/.
Morris County is now offering no-cost, in-person saliva COVID testing (RT-PCR test) at County College of Morris.
Testing is available on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays.
Starting May 15, hours are:
The testing site will be closed Memorial Day weekend (May 29-31.)
Step 1. Requirements
Step 2. 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.
Step 3. Sign Up
Sign up for an in-person testing appointment.
1. A 14-day quarantine is preferred for all individuals and groups, where feasible. It is the safest standard.
There are certain narrow circumstances of economic or other hardships that might allow for quarantine periods to be reduced to 7 or 10 days a set forth in the applicable CDC/NJDOH Guidance. *Now that the State is at the MODERATE (yellow) COVID Activity classification for three or more consecutive weeks and trends continue to improve, many institutions and organizations have widened the circumstances under which they will permit the abbreviated quarantine time frames, or may choose to adopt the abbreviated time frames as policy, in accordance with the guidelines set forth by the CDC and NJDOH. (See the “Definition of Close Contact” section below)*
2. Persons not needing to quarantine:
A. COVID-19 positive (lab-confirmed viral test) within 3 months: Persons who tested positive for COVID-19 (lab-confirmed viral test), clinically recovered from COVID-19 and then have close contact with someone with COVID-19 within 3 months does not need to be quarantined or retested. However, persons who have close contact with someone with COVID-19 more than 3 months after the initial infection should quarantine.
B. Fully Vaccinated Persons: Vaccinated persons should continue to follow current guidance to protect themselves and others, including wearing a mask when appropriate, staying at least 6 feet away from others where required, covering coughs and sneezes, washing hands often, following CDC travel guidance, and following any applicable workplace or school guidance, including guidance related to personal protective equipment use and SARS-CoV-2 testing. However, fully vaccinated persons who have close contact with someone with COVID-19 do NOT need to quarantine if they meet all of the following criteria:
1.) Are fully vaccinated (i.e., ≥2 weeks following receipt of the second dose in a 2-dose series, or ≥2 weeks following receipt of one dose of a single-dose vaccine), AND
2.) Have remained asymptomatic since the current COVID-19 exposure.
Persons who do not meet the above criteria should continue to follow current quarantine guidance after exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19. Fully vaccinated persons who do not quarantine should still watch for symptoms of COVID-19 for 14 days following an exposure. If they experience symptoms, they should be clinically evaluated for COVID-19, including SARS-CoV-2 testing, if indicated.
The New Jersey Department of Health (NJDOH) updated their criteria last fall, for what constitutes a “Close Contact” to someone who is a COVID-19 positive individual. This definition now reads – “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 for a period of not less than 14 days. (see above)*
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.
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. Many institutions of higher learning are requiring students to be fully COVID Vaccinated in order to be permitted on campus. Pfizer has received an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) from the FDA to allow vaccinations of those who are 12 years of age and up. Those under 12 may also become eligible soon. Other vaccines are undergoing clinical trials for those under 18 and may soon also receive an EUA from the FDA. State vaccination mandates for students under 18 years of age are not expected.
The public must continue to be diligent about the following, while enjoying activities:
While the NJDOH has lifted its travel advisory for domestic travel, the CDC travel guidelines are still in effect. Both the CDC and NJDOH International Travel Advisories are still in effect.
Unvaccinated travelers and residents returning from any U.S. state or territory beyond the immediate region (New York, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, and Delaware) should self-quarantine at their home, hotel, or other temporary lodging following recommendations from the CDC:
Quarantine or testing before/after domestic travel is not required if the traveler is fully vaccinated or has recovered from COVID-19 in the past three months, provided that:
For more CDC/NJDOH Travel Advisory Information please follow the links below:
Executive Order 243- Governor Murphy Clarifies Certain Workplace Restrictions that Shall Remain in Effect.
Businesses and non-profits that require staff to report to a physical worksite must continue to follow the provisions of Executive Order No. 192 (2020), as applicable.
Executive Order 242- Governor Murphy lifts Major COVID Restrictions
Executive Order 241- Governor Murphy Signs Executive Order Ending Mask Requirement in Outdoor Public Spaces
Please note, Executive Orders may be issued by the Governor at any time to establish or relax restrictions on certain businesses, social activities and gatherings. For up to date and more detailed information, please refer to the entire contents of the Executive Orders and Executive Directives listed 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