COVID19 - Information & Resources

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  1. Municipal Budget Update_ Municipal Taxes projected to be flat

    Municipal Portion of Property Taxes Projected to be flat - details here

    The Municipal portion of BH property taxes is projected to be flat after hard work and great team work between Town Council, Township Administrator, CFO & Mayor. New projections try to anticipate projected impact of COVID-19 on Municipal property taxes. Read on...
  2. Spring Chipping Begins!

    Spring Chipping Section 2 (started April 6) - your pile will be rejected if....

    Spring Chipping started on April 6 in Section 2 - your pile will be rejected if you combine anything other than sticks - sticks only please! Branches should be placed in neat piles at curbside with large diameter cut-ends towards the street and.... Read on...
  3. Online Payments (1)

    Online Payments Now Accepted

    The Township is excited to announce that we now accept online payments for a number of services. Residents can now use the website to pay for their Annual Parking Permit, Dog and Cat Licenses and Smoke/Fire Inspections... Read on...
  4. Coronavirus Updates April 2020

    Coronavirus: Daily News Updates April 2020

    This is updated daily with information relating to Berkeley Heights' and Union County's response to COVID-19. Read on...
  5. How to Zoom for Public Meetings

    Township Budget Meeting to Be Held Via Zoom

    During this public health emergency, public meetings will be held remotely; here's how the public can participate via audio. Read on...
  6. first energy

    First Energy's Covid 19 Response

    JCPL remains committed to their customers during the Covid 19 public health crisis Read on...
  7. water (2)

    New Jersey American's Covid-19 Plan

    New Jersey American Water Company remains committed to their customers during the Covid 19 Public Health Crisis Read on...
  8. A Message from the Rescue Squad

    A Message from the Rescue Squad

    The Berkeley Heights Volunteer Rescue Squad has these tips for residents who may be experiencing Covid 19 symptoms. Read on...
  9. 2020 Census

    Participate in the 2020 Census - TODAY!

    What more productive thing to do when under the current 'stay-at-home' order than take 10 minutes to participate in the Census! Read on...
  10. Weekly Catch-up with Angie Devanney

    TAPinto Berkeley Heights Weekly Catch-up with Mayor Devanney

    This week's topic talks about the Mayor's role in staying informed at the local, state and national level during this time of combating the COVID-19 virus. Read on...
  11. Murphy COVID-19 Update

    What the 'Stay-at-Home' Order Means for You

    Residents can still order takeout and patronize 'essential' businesses in BH (please do!), but everyone needs to practice caution around others. Read on...
  12. Thin Plastics Collection Suspended

    Thin Plastics Collection Suspended

    Due to Covid-19, the TREX collection of thin plastics is suspended town wide until further notice. Read on...
  13. Giordano Recycling Update

    Recycling Schedule Continues as Normal

    Message from Giordano Recycling company; operations as usual for now Read on...
  14. Twp Coronavirus update

    How to Conduct Gvt Business Beginning March 13

    With Township offices being closed to the public, here's how to still get your business with us done. Read on...
  15. COVID-19 Parks Update

    Mayor Devanney's Statement on Township Recreating

    All Township Tennis courts, basketball courts and playgrounds are officially closed. Read on...
  16. First Responders

    BH Emergency Response Team on COVID-19 Protocols, Response

    Our first responders have been working closely with us to ensure we have everything we need to respond to possible COVID-19 cases. Read on...
  17. Liza Viana

    Notes From the Administrator's Desk: March 10, 2020

    Coronavirus, redevelopment, shared services, road projects, stormwater management & more in this month's issue. Read on...
  18. Get Connected to Berkeley Heights

    Connect with Berkeley Heights - Breaking News, Notifications, Events, Reminders & More...!

    Connect with Berkeley Heights to make sure you get your Breaking News, Township Notifications (recycling, meetings, etc), Updates about Community Events and More... Read on...
  19. Redevelopment & Affordable Housing FAQs

    New Developments in Berkeley Heights - What You Need to Know

    There are new developments coming to town - all include state court-mandated affordable housing units. Here are answers to your most commonly asked questions - including the big one: WHY? Read on...


For official answers to all your COVID-19 questions, here's the NJ State resource to use: https://covid19.nj.gov/

Centers for Disease Control & Prevention: www.cdc.gov/covid19

Additional Help Available

If you’re experiencing fear, anxiety or stress related to the COVID-19 pandemic, there are so many people who help.  Please call one of these Union County Helplines:

  • 908-527-4846
  • 908-527-4844
  • 1-888-845-3434

For 24/7 Emergency Psychiatric Crisis Services, please contact

  • Mobile Community Outreach (Adults): (908) 994-7131
  • Union County Mobile Response & Stabilization (Children): (877) 652-7624
  • RWJ University Hospital: (732) 381-4200
  • Overlook Hospital: 908-522-2000

Additional Help Lines:

  • Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255
  • NJ Mental Health Cares: 1-866-202-4357
  • The Peer Recovery Warmline: 1-877-292-5588
  • Veterans Hotline: 1-800-273-TALK (press 1)
  • Addiction Help, NJ Hopeline: 1-855-654-6735
  • Addiction Help, ReachNJ.gov: 1-844-REACHNJ


Questions & Answers

Q. How can I best protect myself and my family?

A. EVERY SINGLE RESIDENT needs to practice self-distancing. This is THE most proactive thing you can do. That means STAY AT HOME. If you have to go out to the store, stay 6 feet away from others if possible. Make sure your children are not congregating with other children - they can be carriers and pass it on to others in your family. Please read this article from Johns Hopkins University on the importance of social distancing. 

"With COVID-19, the goal of social distancing right now is to slow down the outbreak in order to reduce the chance of infection among high-risk populations and to reduce the burden on health care systems and workers. Experts describe this as ’flattening the curve,’ which generally refers to the potential success of social distancing measures to prevent surges in illness that could overwhelm health care systems.

"’The goal of social distancing in the U.S. should be to lower the pace and extent of spread of COVID-19 in any given city or community ... If that can happen, then there will be less people with disease, and less people needing hospitalization and ventilators at any one time.’"

New Jersey COVID-19 Dashboard

What is the process for getting tested?

A. The County and Township follow Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and NJ Department of Health (NJDOH) guidance to determine who should be tested for COVID-19 at the NJ Public Health Environmental Laboratory. If you exhibit symptoms, please contact your health care professional; he or she may write you a prescription for a Coronavirus test if they think you may have been exposed. Please call ahead of time to tell your doctor you are coming; they may have specific instructions for you.

Patients should be evaluated and discussed with local and state public health on a case-by-case basis if their clinical presentation or exposure history is uncertain for travel or exposure.

Clinical Features

&

Epidemiologic Risk

Fever1 or signs/symptoms of lower respiratory illness (e.g. cough or shortness of breath)

AND

Any person, including health care workers2 who has had close contact3 with a laboratory confirmed4 COVID-19 patient within 14 days of symptom onset

Fever1 and signs/symptoms of a lower respiratory illness (e.g., cough or shortness of breath) requiring hospitalization

AND

A history of travel from affected geographic areas5  within 14 days of symptom onset

Fever1 with severe acute lower respiratory illness (e.g. pneumonia, ARDS) requiring hospitalization4 and without alternative explanatory diagnosis (e.g., influenza)6

AND

No source of exposure has been identified


Commercial labs are offering COVID-19 testing to individuals who meet certain criteria. These tests must be ordered and specimens collected by health care providers in their offices. Testing is not available at individual lab offices (i.e., local LabCorp or Quest labs). Do not go to a commercial lab and ask to be tested for COVID-19. Work with your health care provider to coordinate testing. All costs and fees associated with commercial laboratories is the responsibility of the patient.

Beginning Monday, March 23, a Union County testing site has been set up at Kean University. More information here.

Q. Has affected BH residents’ whereabouts been investigated to figure out who else may have been exposed?

Yes. Union County health officials conduct contact tracing investigations, alongside the New Jersey Department of Health, on affected residents’ whereabouts to determine if he/she posed a public health risk to the community at any time Any person who may be at risk would be notified and advised to self-quarantine for 14 days. The families would also be quarantined.

Q. Are kids getting tested if parents are confirmed positive or may have been exposed?

A. Anyone who is seeking testing should contact their health care provider to determine if testing appropriate.

Q. Has UCOHM (Union County Office of Health Management) contacted all individuals who may have come into contact with any patients diagnosed with COVID-19?

A. As of Friday, March 13, the first Berkeley Heights resident who had COVID-19 was discharged from the hospital and self-isolating back at home. Our Health Officer was in touch with his family every day. As of Tuesday, March 10, based on the contact tracing investigation that Union County has been doing, alongside the New Jersey Department of Health, the resident’s whereabouts prior to being hospitalized did not pose a public health risk to the community. Any person who may have been at risk would have already been notified and advised to self-quarantine. The family was also quarantined. 

Q. What is our Health Official’s role? 

A. Our Health Officer, who is also the Health Director for Union County, is the Township’s conduit (including the Board of Education) to the County, State and Federal health agencies/departments for all health-related information. Our Office of Emergency Management has a direct line of communication with our Health Officials, as does our Mayor, Administrator, and local Board of Health Secretary. This Official provides guidance on how to handle, as well as response to, any health issues that may arise in the Township.

Q. Is the Health Official in constant contact with affected families/individuals? 

A.  Yes

Q. When will schools be closed? Move to online classes?

A. The decision to close schools was made Thursday, March 12; schools begin remote learning Tuesday, March 17. Please read the letter from Berkeley Heights Schools Superintendent Dr. Melissa Varley here. 

Q. Who should I call/what should I do if I think I have symptoms? 

A. Symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, cough and shortness of breath. Those symptoms may appear within 2 to 14 days of exposure and can range from mild to severe. If you develop COVID-19 symptoms, call your healthcare provider and tell them about your symptoms. Communicate travel history and symptoms before arriving at a doctor’s office or health care facility, enabling the provider to determine the best setting for you to receive care. They may have specific instructions for you before you head into the office, and likely will instruct you to wear a mask. They will decide whether you need to be tested, but keep in mind that there is no treatment for COVID-19 and people who are mildly ill are able to isolate at home.

Stay home except to get medical care: Restrict your activities to limit the spread of the virus. If your symptoms are not severe, consider going online and using telehealth for 24/7 access to board certified physicians for consultations, diagnosis and treatment

Separate yourself from others.

Q. Should I drive myself to the hospital or call emergency services?

A. Drive yourself if you can after getting instructions from your doctor, unless you are physically unable. But your first call is to your doctor.

Q. Is it safe to go to the store, etc…?

A. All residents are encouraged to practice self-distancing. If you go out, maintain a 6-foot distance from others, when possible. As a reminder, if you are experiencing symptoms such as fever, cough, or shortness of breath call your healthcare provider prior to arriving at the office.

COVID-19 Related Documents