Township Update - May 18, 2020

May 18, 2020 - The Washington Township Health Department, in conjunction with the New Jersey Department of Health, has reported five additional confirmed covid-19 positive cases.  There have been 108 confirmed cases, 12 deaths have been reported and 34 cases have been confirmed as released from isolation through May 17, 2020. 

Saturday, Governor Murphy Governor Murphy signed an executive order to reopen charter fishing and watercraft rental businesses with certain requirements. I have been told by the Governor's Office that guidance for summer camps and pools will be issued this week.

Today, driving through downtown Chester Borough, it was good to see that curbside pickup for non-essential retail businesses has resumed.

As a reminder, if you’re sick, call your healthcare provider. Call your doctor’s office or hospital FIRST before driving there. If you call 9-1-1 for a true emergency, please cover your face to protect yourself and our first responders. Follow CDC guidelines and stay home as much as possible:

Wear a cloth mask at grocery stores, parks and golf courses and where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain.

Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.

Avoid handshakes. 

Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.

Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. If you do not have a tissue, use your sleeve (not your hand).

Get a flu shot to prevent the flu if you have not done so this season. 

Stay safe,


Mayor Matthew T. Murello


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