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It is important to have factual up to date information on the coronavirus. The CDC has a “share the facts, stop fear” page which is quite useful in determining what is fact vs. fiction with regard to the coronavirus. It can be accessed at cdc.gov/coronavirus.
Timely and accurate information can also be found at www.nj.gov/health. Links to the CDC and New Jersey Department of Health (NJDOH) are posted to the Borough of Pompton Lakes webpage, www.pomptonlakes-nj.gov, Instagram and Twitter. Residents are reminded to monitor these sites for the most current information.
The Borough of Pompton Lakes Health Department, along with Pompton Lakes Office of Emergency Management, has been and will continue to actively monitor the evolving situation. In addition, they are reviewing and sharing the guidance that is being provided by the NJDOH and the CDC.
The Health Department and OEM have taken some additional internal preparedness actions that include:
Participating in NJDOH and CDC information and guidance conference calls and webinars
Conducting collaborative meetings with the other public health agencies from within Passaic County
Providing applicable CDC Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) guidance to municipal OEM and EMS
Reviewing applicable emergency plans and procedures, including the OEM-EMS Infectious Disease Response Plan
Please be assured that if and when this situation rises to the level that warrants additional proactive preparedness, response or mitigation actions, the Health Department and OEM will act in accordance with our long-standing plans and take the appropriate actions.
At this time, it is important to note that there are no confirmed cases of coronavirus in the Borough of Pompton Lakes. If someone is sick, they want to consider the likelihood that they have seasonal influenza as we are still in high flu activity in the state.
We encourage residents to call the NJDOH Hotline at 1-800-222-1222 if they have general questions about the coronavirus.
As with all illnesses, it is important to take steps to prevent the spread of germs:
Cover your cough
Wash your hands frequently
Stay home if you are sick
There have been reports that individuals are going door-to-door claiming to be from the CDC. Residents are reminded the CDC is not deploying teams of people to go door to door to conduct surveillance. People should be warned not to let them in their homes or to speak with them. They are imposters. Contact Pompton Lakes Police Department immediately at 973-835-0400 to report this activity.
If you have any additional questions, contact the Wayne Health Department at 973-694-1800 ext. 3373.