AS OF 3/28/2020 THERE ARE TWENTY-NINE (29) KNOWN CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) CASES REPORTED IN HAMILTON TOWNSHIP. 
 

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3/10/2020 - COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Updates

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GENERAL QUESTIONS? CALL: 2-1-1 OR TEXT NJCOVID TO 898-211

 

3/28/2020

COVID-19 Related Closings

Municipal Court - The Supreme Court of New Jersey has extended the cancellation of all court sessions through April 26, 2020. You can find more information here on our website.

MVC Agencies Remain Closed to the Public Two More Weeks

Working with Governor Murphy, Chief Fulton ordered the initial closure from March 17 through March 30. With the threat from COVID-19 continuing and New Jersey having the second-most cases in the United States, it was determined to continue the closures through at least April 12. “Fortunately, we have expanded our online capabilities over the past year and many of our customers can get their business taken care of that way,’’ Chief Fulton said. “In most cases you can renew your license, replace a lost license, change your address, renew your registration and other transactions through our easy to-use online portal.’’

COVID-19

As of March 28, 2019 there are 168 active positive cases of COVID-19 in Mercer County. All are either at home self-isolating or admitted to the hospital. Contact tracing is underway by our Health Department for any new case and continuing on the remaining ones where needed. An unfortunate reality is that as test availability increases so will the number of positive cases. For more information visit our website or covid19.nj.gov

Relief for those Facing Economic Hardship

Governor Phil Murphy today announced that financial institutions will provide mortgage forbearance and financial protections for New Jerseyans facing economic hardship as a result COVID-19. New Jerseyans who are struggling financially as a result of COVID-19 may be eligible for the following relief upon contacting their financial institution:

90-Day Grace Period for Mortgage Payments

Financial institutions will offer, consistent with applicable guidelines, mortgage payment forbearances of up to 90 days to borrowers economically impacted by COVID-19. In addition, those institutions will:

  • Provide borrowers a streamlined process to request a forbearance for COVID-19-related reasons, supported with available documentation;
  • Confirm approval of and terms of forbearance program; and
  • Provide borrowers the opportunity to request additional relief, as practicable, upon continued showing of hardship due to COVID-19.

No Negative Credit Impacts Resulting from Relief

Financial institutions will not report derogatory tradelines (e.g., late payments) to credit reporting agencies, consistent with applicable guidelines, for borrowers taking advantage of COVID-19-related relief.

 Moratorium on Initiating Foreclosure Sales or Evictions

For at least 60 days, financial institutions will not initiate foreclosure sales or evictions, consistent with applicable guidelines.

Relief from Fees and Charges

For at least 90 days, financial institutions will waive or refund at least the following for customers who have requested assistance:

  • Mortgage-related late fees; and
  • Other fees, including early CD withdrawals (subject to applicable federal regulations).

For more information on COVID-19 related mortgage relief, please visit https://www.state.nj.us/dobi/covid/mortgagerelief.html.

Census 2020

Help shape the future today with the 2020 Census.

 While you are stuck inside on this rainy day, why not spend some of that time filling out the 2020 Census. It can be done online, by phone or via mail. This past week, you should have received your Census Bureau mailing which includes your Census ID, which you will need to complete the Census online. Visit www.my2020census.gov to get started.

 Results of the 2020 Census aide in directing billions of dollars in federal funds to communities for schools, roads, and other public services. They also help to determine the number of seats that each state has in Congress. The Census shapes Hamilton’s future, it shapes your future – stand up and be counted today.

3/27/2020

Hamilton Township Reminds Residents to Drive Carefully in Parks

The Township would like to respectfully remind residents that as our parks are seeing increased traffic and use during this time, it is of critical importance that drivers do not speed in our parks and are watchful for pedestrians. Thank you for helping make our parks safer for everyone!

COVID-19 Update

To date, there is a total of 131 positive COVID-19 cases in Mercer County. All are either at home self-isolating or admitted to the hospital.

 

NJ Department of Human Services Announces $70 Million in Food Assistance for Vulnerable Families

Many New Jerseyans who receive food assistance through the NJ Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (NJ SNAP) will receive an extra benefit payment on Sunday and their benefits will be higher in April to help address critical food needs related to the COVID-19 pandemic.  SNAP supplemental payments were included in the federal Families First Coronavirus Response Act. A total of $70 million in extra NJ SNAP benefits will be provided over the next two months to New Jerseyans to help with the purchase of groceries. 

 

On Sunday, March 29, $35 million in supplemental payments will be provided to approximately 205,000 New Jersey households enrolled in NJ SNAP.   April benefits also will be increased by $35 million for these households.  Supplemental benefits will be directly loaded to NJ SNAP recipients’ Families First EBT cards. 

 

Households eligible for the NJ SNAP supplemental benefit will receive the difference between their regular SNAP benefit and the maximum benefit for their family size.  These supplements will be in additional to standard monthly benefits.  Under federal policies implementing the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, households that already receive the federal allowable maximum SNAP benefit are not eligible for supplemental payments.  

 

The April supplemental benefit will arrive together with eligible recipients’ typical monthly payment, meaning recipients will receive one combined payment in April of the supplement and their standard benefit. 

 

Human Services also has received federal approval to extend NJ SNAP recertification periods to six months for cases that are expiring in March, April and May. This means families receiving SNAP will not have benefit interruptions during that time. 

 

Residents who need food assistance can apply for SNAP online at www.NJHelps.org.

 

 

 

REAL ID Enforcement Deadline Extended

Yesterday, Acting Secretary Chad Wolf of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security announced that states will be given a twelve-month extension for REAL ID enforcement, changing the deadline to October 1, 2021.

REAL ID is a new federal requirement for state-issued driver licenses and non-driver IDs to help prevent fraudulent identification. While you are not required to obtain a REAL ID, it will be valuable if you plan on flying anytime soon, otherwise you will need to bring a federally approved form of identification. Visit https://www.state.nj.us/mvc/realid/index.html for more information.

 

 

Helpful Contacts & Other Information

Questions or Concerns Regarding COVID-19?

Call 2-1-1

Text "NJCOVID" to 898-211

Text your zip code to 898-211 for live text assistance

Visit Covid19.nj.gov

 

Looking for Employment During COVID-19?

The State of New Jersey has developed a centralized resource to match talent with opportunities in industries on the front lines of serving New Jerseyans during the outbreak. Did you lose your job or have your hours reduced as a result of COVID-19? Businesses across New Jersey need thousands of workers for immediate hire. Learn more about who is hiring in your community here: https://jobs.covid19.nj.gov/

 

The State has also created a special intake tool for employers seeking to have openings posted on the portal. Employers can access the intake tool directly via 

https://jobs.covid19.nj.gov/intake

3/26/2020

 

Thank you Healthcare Workers!

Each day our Healthcare workers put on their uniforms and face COVID-19 head on. Collectively and on behalf of our entire Township we would like to take this opportunity to say “Thank You” for your service.

Do you have a Healthcare worker you wish to give a “shout out” to for going above and beyond for the residents of our great town? Let us know! Each day our Healthcare workers put on their uniforms and face COVID-19 head on. Collectively and on behalf of our entire Township we would like to take this opportunity to say “Thank You” for your service.

Do you have a Healthcare worker you wish to give a “shout out” to for going above and beyond for the residents of our great town? Let us know!

Do you have a Healthcare worker you wish to give a “shout out” to for going above and beyond for the residents of our great town? Share those moments with us at mayor@hamiltonnj.com or on our social media pages @HamiltonTwpNJ

COVID-19 Update

To date, there is a total of 111 positive COVID-19 cases in Mercer County. All are either at home self-isolating or admitted to the hospital.

New Executive Order Requires Child Care Centers Close on April 1 Unless Serving Children of Essential Workers

Yesterday, Governor Murphy signed Executive Order No. 110, directing all child care centers in New Jersey to certify by Friday, March 27, that they will solely serve as emergency child care centers for the children of essential workers. Child care centers that do not certify that they can and will exclusively care for these children of essential workers must close by Wednesday, April 1.  Child care centers, for purposes of this order, include entities providing care on a regular basis for children aged 0-13, including licensed child care centers. 

In order to be designated as an Emergency Child Care Center, any person or organization, requesting permission to stay open or resume operations on or after April 1, 2020, must submit the certification form to the Commissioner of Children and Families for approval by Friday, March 27, 2020.  If the certification form demonstrates that it will provide child care services exclusively to “essential persons” during the school closure period, and that it will follow all applicable emergency child care standards, the Commissioner shall authorize it to remain open or resume operations as an emergency child care center. For a copy of this certification form, visit https://www.nj.gov/dcf/coronavirus_licensedchildcare.html

Essential persons shall include, but not be limited to: 1) Health care workers, including staff working in health care facilities and in community-based services including home health and behavioral health; 2) law enforcement personnel, fire and emergency services personnel, and staff at correctional facilities; 3) individuals employed at emergency child care centers operating on or after April 1, 2020; 4) staff working for entities that provide essential social services, including, but not limited to, group home and shelter staff; 5) essential government employees who are unable to work from home, including child protection services workers, child welfare workers, foster care workers, unemployment compensation processing staff, and public health employees; and 6) certain critical workers, as defined by the Commissioner of DCF, at essential retail businesses, as defined in Executive Order No. 107 (2020) and subsequent Administrative Orders.


NJEDA Announces New Initiatives to Support Businesses Impacted by COVID-19

The New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) Board today approved a suite of new programs designed to support businesses and workers facing economic hardship due to the outbreak of the novel coronavirus COVID-19.   Taken together, they will provide more than $75 million of State and private financial support, with the opportunity to grow to more than $100 million if additional philanthropic, State, and federal resources become available. The initiatives will support between 3,000 and 5,000 small and midsize enterprises and are meant to complement recently announced federal economic recovery initiatives. 

The suite of new initiatives includes: 

  • Small Business Emergency Assistance Grant Program – A $5 million program that will provide grants up to $5,000 to small businesses in retail, arts, entertainment, recreation, accommodation, food service, and other services – such as repair, maintenance, personal, and laundry services – to stabilize their operations and reduce the need for layoffs or furloughs.
  • Small Business Emergency Assistance Loan Program – A $10 million program that will provide working capital loans of up to $100,000 to businesses with less than $5 million in revenues. Loans made through the program will have ten-year terms with zero percent for the first five years, then resetting to the EDA’s prevailing floor rate (capped at 3.00%) for the remaining five years.
  • Community Development Finance Institution (CDFI) Emergency Loan Loss Reserve Fund – A $10 million capital reserve fund to take a first loss position on CDFI loans that provide low interest working capital to micro businesses. This will allow CDFIs to withstand loan defaults due to the outbreak, which will allow them to provide more loans at lower interest rates to microbusinesses affected by the outbreak.
  • CDFI Emergency Assistance Grant Program – A $1.25 million program that will provide grants of up to $250,000 to CDFIs to scale operations or reduce interest rates for the duration of the outbreak.
  • NJ Entrepreneur Support Program – A $5 million program that will encourage continued capital flows to new companies, often in the innovation economy, and temporarily support a shaky market by providing 80 percent loan guarantees for working capital loans to entrepreneurs.   
  • Small Business Emergency Assistance Guarantee Program – A $10 million program that will provide 50 percent guarantees on working capital loans and waive fees on loans made through institutions participating in the NJEDA’s existing Premier Lender or Premier CDFI programs.
  • Emergency Technical Assistance Program – A $150,000 program that will support technical assistance to New Jersey-based companies applying for assistance through the U.S. Small Business Administration. The organizations contracted will be paid based on SBA application submissions supported by the technical assistance they provide.

More information about the programs will be available here: https://cv.business.nj.gov

 

Helpful Contacts & Other Information

Questions or Concerns Regarding COVID-19?

Call 2-1-1

Text "NJCOVID" to 898-211

Text your zip code to 898-211 for live text assistance

Visit Covid19.nj.gov

 

Looking for Employment During COVID-19?

The State of New Jersey has developed a centralized resource to match talent with opportunities in industries on the front lines of serving New Jerseyans during the outbreak. Did you lose your job or have your hours reduced as a result of COVID-19? Businesses across New Jersey need thousands of workers for immediate hire. Learn more about who is hiring in your community here: https://jobs.covid19.nj.gov/

 

The State has also created a special intake tool for employers seeking to have openings posted on the portal. Employers can access the intake tool directly via 

https://jobs.covid19.nj.gov/intake

3/25/2020

Thank you to Hamilton’s Finest 

We wanted to take a moment to show our thanks for all of our first responders who are out on the frontlines, not just during COVID-19, but every day. To our Police Officers, Fire Fighters, EMTs, EMS, members of our Armed Forces, and your families - we virtually gather today to say - "Thank You" 

Have you caught one of our hometown first responders going above and beyond during COVID-19? Share those moments with us at mayor@hamiltonnj.com or on our social media pages @HamiltonTwpNJ

Earlier today Mayor Jeff Martin, HTSD Superintendent Dr. Scott Rocco, and Director of Health Kathleen Fitzgerald taped another COVID-19 update video which can be found on YouTube here: https://youtu.be/hZuD_HVmkvU. The video will be broadcast on the Hamilton School Channel. HTV -  Fios channel 22 and Optimum channel 78 beginning this evening at 6:00 PM. It will re-air daily through Sunday evening at: 12:00 pm, 2:00 pm, 4:00 pm, 6:00 pm, and 8:00 pm.

To date, we have a total of 12 (twelve) positive COVID-19 cases in town. The residents range in age from 22-years-old to 91-years-old. All are either at home self-isolating or admitted to the hospital. For more information, visit: http://www.hamiltonnj.com/news/?FeedID=3500

Helpful Contacts & Other Information

Questions or Concerns Regarding COVID-19?

Call 2-1-1

Text "NJCOVID" to 898-211

Text your zip code to 898-211 for live text assistance

Visit Covid19.nj.gov

Looking for Employment During COVID-19?

The State of New Jersey has developed a centralized resource to match talent with opportunities in industries on the front lines of serving New Jerseyans during the outbreak. Did you lose your job or have your hours reduced as a result of COVID-19? Businesses across New Jersey need thousands of workers for immediate hire. Learn more about who is hiring in your community here: jobs.covid19.nj.gov/

The State has also created a special intake tool for employers seeking to have openings posted on the portal. Employers can access the intake tool directly via jobs.covid19.nj.gov/intake

Help stop the spread of germs by remembering to wash your hands and practice social distancing.  Please also continue to check on the elderly and anyone else you believe might need a helping hand.  Where possible we urge everyone to continue to support our local businesses and merchants. By working together we will prevail, we are

#HamiltonProud

 3/24/2020

Township Event & Meeting Cancellations

 

The following Township Events have been CANCELLED:

Environmental Commission Meeting-4/8/2020

Municipal Alliance Commission Meeting-4/2/2020

 

COVID-19 Update

 

As of 3:30 PM, Tuesday, March 24, 2020, Hamilton Township has seven (7) positive cases of COVID-19 (Coronavirus), a 48-year-old male, a 28-year-old female, a 63-year-old male, a 48-year-old female, a 30-year-old-male, a 58-year-old female, and a 29-year-old male.  Contact tracing is underway by our Health Department for any new case and continuing on the remaining ones where needed. We expect that reported numbers of cases will continue to grow as more testing sites come online.

 

Trenton Water Works Introduces Online Customer Service System

 

Trenton Water Works today announced a new online service that enables its customers to more conveniently manage their accounts, including using additional payment methods, paying TWW bills and setting up payment reminders.

 

The online system can be accessed by visiting the Trenton Water Works website at www.trentonwaterworks.org and clicking on the “Pay Your Bill” link. Customers can establish an ongoing account by using their e-mail address and creating a password, or they can make a one-time payment. The online system will go live on Monday, March 30.

 

Here is a list of other Invoice Cloud features to help TWW customers manage their accounts:

 

* Credit and Debit Card Payments - Pay your TWW bill with a credit or debit card: Visa, MasterCard, Discover Card, American Express. There is a $3.95 convenience fee to use this service, which is paid to Invoice Cloud, and a limit of $500.

* Autopay - Automatically pay your TWW water bill on the due date. There is a $0.95 fee for this service using ACH and $3.95 to use a credit card.

* E-check - Pay your bill with a checking or savings account for a $3.95 convenience fee.

* Go paperless - Receive your TWW bill via email.

* E-mail Reminders - Receive email reminders when your TWW bill is ready, when a scheduled payment is pending, and receive a confirmation after making a payment. 

* Recurring Payment - Set up a schedule to pay a fixed amount of your TWW bill balance on a specific day of the month. 

* Pay by Text - Receive text notifications about your bill on your smartphone and pay your bill via a stored payment method.

 

Customers without Internet access can pay their bills by phone by calling 1-855-667-0982. There is a $3.95 convenience fee to use this service.

 

Great American Take Out-Support Local Businesses!

 

 

Restaurant owners have joined together to create The Great American Takeout, asking Americans to support their local restaurant industry and order takeout or delivery today, March 24th. We encourage residents to continue to patronize our businesses, as they are the backbone of our community.

 

 

Brighten Someone’s Day-Fun Activities to Spread Kindness

 

COVID-19 has us all spending a lot more time at home, but there are many things we can do to brighten the spirits of those around us.

1) Rainbow Hunt – the Hamilton Area YMCA has suggested a Rainbow Hunt. Put a rainbow in your window, whether you color it, paint it, cut it out or print one from your printer… then place it in your window for those walking by to see. This will help to remind us all that at the end of a storm comes something beautiful, a rainbow.

2) Bear Hunt – the beloved childhood story “We’re Going on a Bear Hunt” has also been inspiration locally for a bear hunt here in Hamilton and across the country. We invite you to place a bear or other stuffed animal in your window so as our residents go on a walk they can look for these items.

3) Chalk the Walk – There’s no need for this idea to end after just one day… Draw or write an inspirational message in chalk on your driveway or sidewalk with chalk. When you are out in the fresh air look for the words of encouragement and artistic abilities of those who live nearby.

These ideas may seem small, but they help us to practice social distancing, while being active and brightening the days of many, not just our community youth. Feel free to share your photos of your participation here for all to see, especially those who cannot venture outside during these trying times.

 

 

Helpful Contacts & Other Information

 

Questions or Concerns Regarding COVID-19?

Call 2-1-1

Text "NJCOVID" to 898-211

Text your zip code to 898-211 for live text assistance

Visit Covid19.nj.gov

 

 

Looking for Employment During COVID-19? 

 

The State of New Jersey has developed a centralized resource to match talent with opportunities in industries on the front lines of serving New Jerseyans during the outbreak. Did you lose your job or have your hours reduced as a result of COVID-19? Businesses across New Jersey need thousands of workers for immediate hire. Learn more about who is hiring in your community here: jobs.covid19.nj.gov/

 

The State has also created a special intake tool for employers seeking to have openings posted on the portal. Employers can access the intake tool directly via https://jobs.covid19.nj.gov/intake

3/23/2020 

As of 4:00 PM, Monday, March 23, 2020, Hamilton Township has six (6) positive cases of COVID-19 (Coronavirus). Contact tracing is underway by our Health Department for any new case and continuing on the remaining ones where needed. We expect that reported numbers of cases will continue to grow as more testing sites come online.

 Read today's update by clicking here: http://hamiltonnj.com/news/?FeedID=3499

Township Facilities Update:  Effective Tuesday, March 24th the following Township Facilities will be closed to the public: 
                  * All Playground Equipment 
                  * Dog Parks 

We ask that residents please cooperate with physical distancing guidelines.  We know that staying at home and limited physical interaction is difficult, but is a critical part in doing everything we can now to flatten the curve to keep people safe and save lives. We know that COVID-19 can have very serious consequences for our vulnerable populations, especially our seniors, and ask that you keep them in mind in the coming days and weeks. We will get through this together and we will be stronger for it.   

Helpful Contacts & Other Information: 
Questions or Concerns Regarding COVID-19?
Call 2-1-1
Text "NJCOVID" to 898-211
Text your zip code to 898-211 for live text assistance
Visit Covid19.nj.gov

Looking for Employment During COVID-19? 
The State of New Jersey has developed a centralized resource to match talent with opportunities in industries on the front lines of serving New Jerseyans during the outbreak. Did you lose your job or have your hours reduced as a result of COVID-19? Businesses across New Jersey need thousands of workers for immediate hire. Learn more about who is hiring in your community here: jobs.covid19.nj.gov/

Support One Another: We continue to urge everyone to support our local businesses and merchants, the backbone of our community. Please also continue to check on the elderly and anyone else you believe might need a helping hand. Help stop the spread of germs by remembering to wash your hands and practice social distancing.  Together we will prevail, we are #HamiltonProud


3/22/2020 

As of 3:30 PM, Sunday, March 22, 2020, Hamilton Township has five (5) positive cases of COVID-19 (Coronavirus), a 48-year-old male, a 28-year-old female, and a 63-year-old male, a 48-year-old female, and a 30-year-old-male. Two out of the five patients are hospitalized while the other three are self-isolating at home. The Communicable Disease Reporting and Surveillance System (CDRSS) has ceased reporting of pending cases. For more information, visit: www.hamiltonnj.com/news/?FeedID=3497

 

NJ Department of Labor Introduces Weekly Benefits Schedule

Given the high volume of unemployment applications, the Department of Labor has instituted a new schedule for claimants to claim their weekly benefits, based on the last four digits of your Social Security Number. Please find a copy of that schedule below.

For information on how to claim your benefits online, click here.

NJ TRANSIT to begin Special Weekday NEC Service

Beginning Monday, March 23rd, NJ TRANSIT will begin running special weekday service along the Northeast Corridor. For a copy of the new service schedule click here.

Census 2020

The Census 2020 is happening NOW! The census provides critical data that is directly connected to federal funding, the number of seats each state has in the House of Representatives, and is used to draw congressional and state legislative districts. Homes began receiving their invitation to respond to the 2020 Census between March 12-20. These official mailings include detailed information and a Census ID for completing the census online. You can complete your questionnaire online, by phone, or by mail. Visit www.my2020census.gov to begin!

Helpful Contacts


Questions or concerns on COVID-19?
Call 2-1-1
Text "NJCOVID" to 898-211
Text your zip code to 898-211 for live text assistance
 

Looking for employment during COVID-19? 

The State of New Jersey has developed a centralized resource to match talent with opportunities in industries on the front lines of serving New Jerseyans during the outbreak. Did you lose your job or have your hours reduced as a result of COVID-19? Businesses across New Jersey need thousands of workers for immediate hire. Learn more about who is hiring in your community here: jobs.covid19.nj.gov/

3/21/2020 

As of 4:00 PM, Saturday, March 21, 2020, Hamilton Township has five (5) positive cases of COVID-19 (Coronavirus), a 48-year-old male, a 28-year-old female, and a 63-year-old male, a 48-year-old female, and a 30-year-old-male. Two out of the five patients are hospitalized while the other three are self-isolating at home. The Communicable Disease Reporting and Surveillance System (CDRSS) has ceased reporting of pending cases. For more information, visit: www.hamiltonnj.com/news/?FeedID=3497

Governor Murphy Announces Statewide Stay at Home Order, Closure of All Non-Essential Retail Businesses

To mitigate the impact of COVID-19 and protect the capacity of New Jersey's health care system for the state's most vulnerable, Governor Phil Murphy today signed Executive Order No. 107, directing all residents to stay at home until further notice. The order provides for certain exceptions, such as obtaining essential goods or services, seeking medical attention, visiting family or close friends, reporting to work, or engaging in outdoor activities. More details can be found here: https://nj.gov/governor/news/news/562020/approved/20200320j.shtml

The following Township Events have been CANCELLED:

  • Rain Barrel Workshop

Protect Our Infrastructure

Our Water Pollution Control employees are working around the clock, ensuring our toilets continue to flush among other things. However, they need our help to keep our sewer lines operating…

Reminder - Do Not Flush:

* Paper Towels * Tissues *Napkins* Diapers * Feminine Hygiene Products
* Wipes of any kind (including Flushable & Disinfectant Wipes)

The items above when flushed can cause blockages in your home sewer line leading to costly repairs and unpleasant cleanups for you the homeowner.

Coping with Social Distancing and Isolation During COVID-19

Dealing with Stress
The outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) may be stressful for people. Fear and anxiety about a disease can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions in adults and children. Coping with stress will make you, the people you care about, and your community stronger.
Everyone reacts differently to stressful situations.  How you respond to the outbreak can depend on your background, the things that make you different from other people, and the community you live in.

People who may respond more strongly to the stress of a crisis include:
•Older people and people with chronic diseases who are at higher risk for COVID-19
•Children and teens
•People who are helping with the response to COVID-19, like doctors and other health care providers, or first responders
•People who have mental health conditions including problems with substance use

Taking care of yourself, your friends, and your family can help you cope with stress. Helping others cope with their stress can also make your community stronger.

Things you can do to support yourself
•Take breaks from watching, reading, or listening to news stories, including social media. Hearing about the pandemic repeatedly can be upsetting.
•Take care of your body. Take deep breaths, stretch, or meditate. Try to eat healthy, well-balanced meals, exercise regularly, get plenty of sleep, and avoid alcohol and drugs.
•Make time to unwind. Try to do some other activities you enjoy.
•Connect with others. Talk with people you trust about your concerns and how you are feeling.
•Call your healthcare provider if stress gets in the way of your daily activities for several days in a row.

Helpful Contacts & Other Information

Questions or concerns on COVID-19?

Call 2-1-1
Text "NJCOVID" to 898-211
Text your zip code to 898-211 for live text assistance
Visit Covid19.nj.gov
 
Looking for employment during COVID-19? 

The State of New Jersey has developed a centralized resource to match talent with opportunities in industries on the front lines of serving New Jerseyans during the outbreak. Did you lose your job or have your hours reduced as a result of COVID-19? Businesses across New Jersey need thousands of workers for immediate hire. Learn more about who is hiring in your community here: jobs.covid19.nj.gov/


3/20/2020 

As of 4:00 PM, Friday, March 20, 2020, Hamilton Township has three (3) positive cases of COVID-19 (Coronavirus), a 48-year-old male, a 28-year-old female, and a 63-year-old male. Additionally, there are eight (8) residents who have test results pending. For more information on these three cases and the process which Hamilton Township's Health Department will follow, please visit http://www.hamiltonnj.com/news/?FeedID=3491

Ecological Facility to Re-Open

The Hamilton Township Ecological Facility will reopen to Hamilton Township residents on Monday, March 23rd at 8am. Until further notice, residents may drop off household recycling and brush ONLY. At this time, contractors will not be allowed to enter the Facility. Upon arrival, a form of identification will be REQUIRED. This policy will be strictly enforced. We ask that residents please cooperate with physical distancing guidelines, as employees will be keeping a six-foot distance between themselves and residents.

Event Cancellations

 

The following Township Events have been CANCELLED:

  • The Bromley Center Clean Up Day

  • The Bromley Center Easter Egg Hunt    

  • Hamilton Township Parks Are Open

While our Township Parks remain open, we are strongly encouraging residents to use caution when utilizing playground equipment. COVID-19 can live on surfaces, including playground equipment, for several hours, and the Township is unable to regularly disinfect all equipment.

You can still have fun outside and maintain safe physical distancing! Being outside is a great way to help reduce stress and take your mind off of other restrictions that are in place. We welcome the continued use of our parks by passive activity such as walking, running or biking!

 

Beware of Potential Scammers

Please be advised that numerous scams have begun to surface surrounding the COVID-19 Pandemic

While no reports of these scams have been identified in Hamilton Township, potential scam tactics may include:

  • Persons going door to door posed as Center for Disease Control Personnel

  • Phone calls or emails phishing for personal information needed to process a government relief check

  • Various other donation scams requesting money to find a cure for COVID-19 other fake charitable causes

    Remember:

    NEVER give out personal information over the phone or through an email

    NEVER donate money to organizations you are not familiar with

    NEVER allow strangers into your house unless they have the property ID or authority

    Report any suspicious activity to the Hamilton Township Police Department

 

Helpful Contacts & Other Information

*The federal government has moved Tax Day to July 15th without interest or penalties

*The State initiated an Administrative Order yesterday mandating the indefinite closure of all personal care businesses which cannot comply with social distancing guidelines, including barber shops, hair salons, spas, nail and eyelash salons, tattoo parlors, among others—and social clubs.

* Residents with questions or concern about COVID-19 can call 2-1-1. This is to supplement, not replace, the existing COVID-19 hotline, 1-800-222-1222

* Text NJCOVID to 898-211 to receive information via text and stay informed through the State

* For unemployment, Sick Leave, Family Leave Insurance visit www.nj.gov/labor

*Additionally, here are phone numbers that may be of assistance at the State level
      * Temporary Disability & Family Leave Insurance 
          Phone: (609) 292-7060     
     * Unemployment

        Central NJ Phone: (732) 761-2020

 

We urge everyone to continue to support our local businesses and merchants, the backbone of our community. Continue to check on the elderly and anyone else you believe might need a helping hand. Stop the spread of germs by remembering to wash your hands and practice social distancing. Together we will prevail, we are #HamiltonProud

3/19/2020 - COVID-19 UPDATE

As of 4PM, Thursday, March 19, 2020, Hamilton Township has two positive cases of COVID-19 (Coronavirus), a 48 year-old male and a 28 year-old female.  For more information on these two cases and the process which Hamilton Township's Health Department will follow, please visit http://www.hamiltonnj.com/news/?FeedID=3491

 

Additional Information

While our Township Parks remain open, we are strongly encouraging residents to use caution when utilizing playground equipment and continue to practice social distancing, even when outside.

Please be advised that as of Thursday March 19, 2020 the Mercer County Board of Elections has postponed all election board worker training classes for the upcoming Primary Election in June until further notice. Please visit the Mercer County Government for future updates.

Census 2020

The Census 2020 is happening NOW! The census provides critical data that is directly connected to federal funding, the number of seats each state has in the House of Representatives, and is used to draw congressional and state legislative districts.

Homes began receiving their invitation to respond to the 2020 Census between March 12-20. These official mailings include detailed information and a Census ID for completing the census online. You can complete your questionnaire online, by phone, or by mail. Visit www.my2020census.gov  to begin!

Coping with Social Distancing and Isolation During COVID-19 

Dealing with Stress

The outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) may be stressful for people. Fear and anxiety about a disease can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions in adults and children. Coping with stress will make you, the people you care about, and your community stronger.

Everyone reacts differently to stressful situations.  How you respond to the outbreak can depend on your background, the things that make you different from other people, and the community you live in.

People who may respond more strongly to the stress of a crisis include:

  • Older people and people with chronic diseases who are at higher risk for COVID-19

  • Children and teens

  • People who are helping with the response to COVID-19, like doctors and other health care providers, or first responders

  • People who have mental health conditions including problems with substance use

     

Taking care of yourself, your friends, and your family can help you cope with stress. Helping others cope with their stress can also make your community stronger.

Things you can do to support yourself

  • Take breaks from watching, reading, or listening to news stories, including social media. Hearing about the pandemic repeatedly can be upsetting.
  • Take care of your body. Take deep breaths, stretch, or meditate. Try to eat healthy, well-balanced meals, exercise regularly, get plenty of sleep, and avoid alcohol and drugs.
  • Make time to unwind. Try to do some other activities you enjoy.
  • Connect with others. Talk with people you trust about your concerns and how you are feeling.

Call your healthcare provider if stress gets in the way of your daily activities for several days in a row.

Helpful Contacts

* Residents with questions or concern about COVID-19 can call 2-1-1. This is to supplement, not replace, the existing COVID-19 hotline, 1-800-222-1222

* Text NJCOVID to 898-211 to receive information via text and stay informed through the State

* For unemployment, Sick Leave, Family Leave Insurance visit www.nj.gov/labor

*Additionally, here are phone numbers that may be of assistance at the State level
      * Temporary Disability & Family Leave Insurance 
          Phone: (609) 292-7060     
     * Unemployment

        Central NJ Phone: (732) 761-2020

 

We urge everyone to continue to support our local businesses and merchants, the backbone of our community. Continue to check on the elderly and anyone else you believe might need a helping hand. Stop the spread of germs by remembering to wash your hands and practice social distancing. Together we will prevail, we are #HamiltonProud

3/18/2020 - COVID-19 UPDATE

As of 4:30PM, Wednesday, March 18th, 2020, Hamilton Township has two positive cases of COVID-19 (Coronavirus), a 48 year-old male and a 28 year-old female. For more information on these two cases and the process which Hamilton Township's Health Department will follow, please click here.

Watch Today's Radio Segment:

Today, Mayor Jeff Martin, Superintendent Dr. Scott Rocco and our Health Director Kathleen Fitzgerald recorded on WBCB1490 a helpful 1 hour segment on COVID-19 as it pertains to our area by clicking here. 

Additional Information
Township Event Updates:
* Effective March 20, 2020 the CYO Bromley Center hours of operation will be as follows: Tuesdays and Thursday during normal Food Pantry distribution hours. Please visit http://www.cyobromley.org for more information
* Azalea Festival has been canceled

Helpful Contacts:
* For unemployment, Sick Leave, Family Leave Insurance visit www.nj.gov/labor
*Additionally, here are phone numbers that may be of assistance at the State level
* Temporary Disability & Family Leave Insurance
Phone: (609) 292-7060
* Unemployment - Central NJ Phone: (732) 761-2020

 

Today Hamilton Township's Office of Emergency Management, alongside Mayor Martin, issued the following Emergency Executive Order. To read the entire document click here. 


We urge everyone to continue to support our local businesses and merchants, the backbone of our community. Continue to check on the elderly and anyone else you believe might need a helping hand. Stop the spread of germs by remembering to wash your hands and practice social distancing. Together we will prevail, we are #HamiltonProud


UPDATE - March 17, 2020

As of 5pm on Tuesday, March 17, 2020, there are no residents that have tested positive for COVID-19 (coronavirus).

Please join Mayor Jeff Martin and Superintendent of Hamilton Schools Dr. Scott Rocco tomorrow at 11am on WBCB 1490AM radio for a live update on COVID-19 prevention efforts in Hamilton. View Live through Facebook at www.facebook.com/WBCB1490 or listen on the radio at 5:00PM at www.wbcb1490.com

Need to drop something off to the Municipal Building? The Township has established 3 drop boxes for residents to deliver what they need while offices are closed. Boxes are located outside of our Health Department, Courts, and next to the municipal building entrance closest to Sculptors Way.

Township Event Updates:

  • All tours at the John Abbott House Museum have been postponed until further notice

  • The Hamilton Stream and Land Cleanup scheduled for April 4th is canceled. The Hamilton Environmental Commission greatly appreciates the interest and support that the community has shown in supporting this effort. 

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Our businesses and their employees are a vital part of our community. The following are websites that can provide assistance: 

 

For sick leave, family leave and unemployment questions: 

NJ Department of Labor  

www.nj.gov/labo

For business questions:  

US Small Business Administration 

www.SBA.gov

New Jersey Business Action Center 

https://www.nj.gov/njbusiness/

 

UPDATE - March 16, 2020

As of 2:30pm on Monday, March 16th 2020, there are no residents that have tested positive for COVID-19 (coronavirus).

Township Event Updates:
•The 2020 State of Hamilton Township Address has been POSTPONED until further notice
•Beginning tomorrow, March 17th, the Library will be limiting their hours of phone and online service to 9am-5pm, Monday through Saturday
•The Bromley Spring Clean Up has been POSTPONED to Saturday, March 28th 2020 from 9am-noon. Additionally, the Bromley Center will be suspending the following programs: Head Start Pre-School, the Teen Center, and Computer Lab. They will, however, continue to distribute food. Please visit http://www.cyobromley.org/ for more information
•Saturday and Sunday tours at the Kuser Mansion have been temporarily suspended

Per Executive Order 104 (https://nj.gov/infobank/eo/056murphy/pdf/EO-104.pdf), Governor Murphy has imposed the following restrictions:

•Closure of ALL pre-K, K-12 schools, colleges, and universities beginning 3/18
•Closure of ALL casinos, racetracks, theaters, gyms
•Closure of ALL non-essential retail, recreational, & entertainment businesses after 8:00 PM
•Banning gatherings of 50+

All bars and restaurants are closed for eat-in services effective 8:00 PM tonight. After 8:00 PM, these establishments may open for takeout and delivery services ONLY, until further notice. These restrictions exist during daytime hours.

All pre-K through grade 12 schools (public, private, and parochial) and all colleges and universities will close effective Wednesday, March 18th until it’s deemed by health officials to be safe for in-person classes to resume.

Starting tonight, all non-essential and non-emergency travel in New Jersey is strongly discouraged between the hours of 8:00 PM AND 5:00 AM. This will remain in effect for the foreseeable future.

Essential businesses which are necessary for the public’s health, safety, and welfare – like supermarkets and grocery stores, pharmacies, medical offices, and gas stations – may remain open past 8:00 PM.

Effective 8:00 PM tonight, all movie theaters, gyms, casinos, and racetracks will close entirely until it is deemed safe for their reopening. Online gaming will continue.

Effective tonight, all other non-essential retail, recreational, and entertainment businesses MUST CLOSE after 8:00 PM. During daytime hours, these businesses may remain open if they limit their occupancy to no more than 50 persons and adhere to social distancing guidelines.

All gatherings of over 50 individuals are CANCELED effective 8:00 PM tonight.

Please continue to support our local businesses and merchants as they are a critical part of our community. Check on the elderly and anyone else you believe might need a helping hand. Help stop the spread of germs by remembering to wash your hands and practice social distancing. We will get through this together. We are #HamiltonProud

UPDATE - March 15, 2020

Hamilton Township is closely monitoring and following recommendations of the County, State, and National health organizations, as well as local Emergency Services organizations, regarding the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic.

Out of an abundance of caution, the Township will remain open, but its staff will be exercising social distance by limiting public interaction. Effective Monday, March 16, 2020, all Township facilities, including the Municipal Building and the Court, will be closed to the public.

Documents and applications, including fees/payments and tax payments, should be mailed to the respective department. The use of online services is strongly encouraged. The deadline for renewing or obtaining dog licenses has been extended until further notice. For inspections, contact the construction office at (609) 890-3666 for more information.

The Mercer County Nutrition Program is still available for pick-up only at the Senior Center. If you know senior in need of meals or other services, please call the senior Center at (609) 890-3686.

Effective Monday, March 16, 2020 the Hamilton Township Public Library will be closed to the public. Fines and fees will be waived during this time.

This afternoon Trenton Water Works (TWW) announced effective immediately, TWW is suspending some of its operations. While water filtration will continue to operate normally, several other services will stop, including hydrant inspection, in-home lead service replacements, seasonal meter installations, backflow-prevention inspections, water shutoffs, and door-to-door, water-service pipe material surveying. The two Lead Service Line Replacement Program contract vendors, Spiniello Companies and South State, Inc., will only do lead service replacements at homes within the TWW system that already have copper or plastic.

TWW has closed the Cortland Street operations center to the general public, suspending for two weeks all in-person transactions at the Customer Service counter. Water-service interruptions that were done prior to our operations suspension will be reviewed for restoration on a case-by-case basis. TWW will continue its protocols for emergency response, and a standby technician will remain on call 24/7 as is our standard operating procedure. Our customer service number at (609) 989-3055 will continue to be available to our customers for routine account inquiries.

As always, we will keep you informed of all releasable information regarding COVID-19 as quickly as possible.

UPDATE #2 - March 14, 2020

Just recently we were made aware of a presumptive positive case of an individual associated with Mercer Elementary School, part of the Mercer County Special Services School District. 

The individual lives outside Mercer County and therefore, it is not a Mercer County case. However, the Hamilton Health Department is awaiting a list of Hamilton residents with whom this individual has been in contact. We will begin reaching out to those individuals once we receive their names and contact information.

As always, we will keep you informed of all releasable information as quickly as possible. 

Mercer County Special Services School District Letter

UPDATE - March 14, 2020

As of 6:30 PM, there are no known cases of COVID-19 (coronavirus) reported in Hamilton Township.

Altice USA (better known to residents as Optimum), announced that for for households with K-12 and/or college students who may be displaced due to school closures and who do not currently have home internet access, are being offered Altice Advantage 30 Mbps broadband solution for free for 60 days to any new customer household within their service region.  Starting Monday, March 16, 2020, eligible households interested in this solution can call 866-200-9522 to enroll.

UPDATE # 2 - March 13, 2020

As of 8:30 PM, the NJ Supreme Court has officially canceled all court sessions for the next two weeks effective Monday, March 16, 2020.

UPDATE - March 13, 2020:

As of 5:00 PM,  there are no known COVID-19 (coronavirus) cases reported in Hamilton Township.

Earlier today the Hamilton Township School District announced that beginning on Monday, March 16, 2020, students will no longer report to their school buildings, rather they will be provided their education in their home setting. HTSD expects this remote learning plan to be in effect for a minimum of two weeks (through March 27, 2020).  Please find a copy of the HTSD remote learning plan letter from Dr. Rocco here.


Message from the Hamilton Township Council

In response to the ongoing public health crisis, the Hamilton Township Council will be adopting the following measures to protect the public at the upcoming Council meeting on March 17, 2020.  We are making additional options for public participation in our meeting available to you.  While everyone is still welcome to attend our Council meeting Tuesday, residents are strongly encouraged to stay home and attend the meeting and comment to Council via a special telephone conference call.  Anyone wishing to make a statement on a specific agenda item may do so by phone or in person.  For those that want to stay home, we will be making full participation in the meeting available via telephone conference. 

Council will be limiting agenda items to those actions which required public notice or those of a time-sensitive nature.  Other actions will be postponed.  The Board of Health meeting will be postponed.  The Director of Health will post a message (or messages) with updates until such time as we are able to reschedule the Board of Health meeting.    Any members of the public wishing to attend this meeting will be asked to present valid ID.  We will record the name, address and phone number of anyone attending in person so that we can contact everyone in the event of a COVID-19 infection related to this meeting.

More details, including call-in information will follow.

If your organization is canceling or postponing a bingo or raffle event due to COVID-19, please be advised that an amendment form is required in order to effectuate the change. Contact the Municipal Clerk's Office at 609-890-3620 to obtain the necessary form and instructions on how process your amendment. 

UPDATE - March 12, 2020:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Hamilton Mayor Jeff Martin Statement

On Township COVID-19 Response

Hamilton, NJ - Hamilton Township Mayor Jeff Martin provided the following update to residents regarding Hamilton Township’s response to COVID-19. 

“As of 3 pm on March 12, 2020, there are NO presumptive positive cases in Hamilton Township.  However, given the fluid situation, the township is taking the following steps to reduce potential exposure to our residents and employees:

With thanks to the St. Patrick’s Day Parade committee to their shared concern for the safety of our residents and employees, the Hamilton St. Patrick’s Day Parade, scheduled for Saturday, March 14, 2020, is postponed to a date to be determined;

Our Municipal Court will be limiting the number of cases heard each day and is requesting only the Defendant, and their attorney, appear to the Court;

Our Municipal Library is cancelling all meeting events at the library, is increasing cleaning, is cancelling some book sales, and is considering other actions as well;

Our Senior Center is cancelling all activities at the center, but will remain open to seniors to pick up their meals through the Mercer County Nutrition Program;

Our State of the Township, scheduled for Thursday, March 19, 2020 is postponed; our Municipal Job Fair scheduled for Tuesday, March 31, 2020 is cancelled; and other non-essential Township events or meetings will be cancelled or postponed as well; and  

The Township is permitting any employee with a doctor’s note directing they, or a family member they care for, to be quarantined without the use of sick time so as to limit the spread to any other employees.

As any additional cancellations, postponements, or other service disruptions are decided, we will continue to post those items to our Township website, social media pages and email system.  Hamilton Township government remains open and is here to serve our residents.

We also want to thank Dr. Scott Rocco, Superintendent of the Hamilton Township School District, and his staff for their collaboration in providing updates to us and to our residents.” 

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UPDATE #2 - March 11, 2020:

As of 4:00 PM there are no known COVID-19 (coronavirus) cases reported in Hamilton Township.

Below is the statement released by Robbinsville Township Office of Emergency Management with more details on the presumptive positive case of an employee of Mercer Bucks Cardiology- Jefferson University Hospitals located at 1 Union Street in Robbinsville.

STATEMENT FROM THE ROBBINSVILLE TOWNSHIP OFFICE OF EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT

On Tuesday, March 10, 2020, Robbinsville Township and the West Windsor Health Department released a statement informing the community of an active public health investigation involving an office site located in Robbinsville Township.

A non-government employee of that office, which is not a municipal building, tested presumptive positive for COVID-19 (coronavirus). Test results from the New Jersey State lab are deemed presumptive until confirmed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The West Windsor Health Department, which serves Robbinsville, is working with other health agencies in investigating a clearly defined group of people who came in contact with this individual, who is an employee of Mercer Bucks Cardiology-Jefferson University Hospitals at 1 Union Street in Robbinsville.

The male individual, who recently traveled to Italy, was asymptomatic when he returned to the workplace for one day on March 3, 2020. On March 4, the individual developed mild symptoms and did not return to the workplace. The practice closed the office immediately, advised staff to self-quarantine at home and implemented an enhanced cleaning process. The office remains closed.

The West Windsor Health Department was notified of the presumptive positive test result on Tuesday, March 10 and immediately took appropriate protective measures to prevent the spread of the virus. As an added precaution, building management is currently performing enhanced cleaning of the building’s common areas.

The Robbinsville OEM, Robbinsville Township Mayor Dave Fried and the West Windsor Township Health Department are dedicated to stopping the spread of COVID-19 and are working with dedicated teams of local, state and federal officials to ensure a safe community.

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We will continue to update the residents of Hamilton Township on the status of COVID-19 in our area. At this time, there is no need to panic and the risk of contracting the virus, especially with proper preventative measures, remains low.  Remember to clean and wash your hands often and if you are feeling sick, stay home.  For updated information please continue to monitor our website or call the NJ Department of Health 24-Hour Hotline at 1-800-222-1222.

 

UPDATE - March 11, 2020:

Yesterday evening, Hamilton Township was made aware of the presumptive positive case of COVID-19 (coronavirus) identified inside a professional office in Robbinsville. Mayor Martin, the Board of Health, and the Department of Public Health want to assure you that we share your concerns and have been, and will continue to, take proactive steps to prevent the spread here locally.

The Township is conducting daily meetings on the status of any potential cases of COVID-19 in Mercer County and their potential impact on our schools, daycares, businesses and scheduled public events, such as the St. Patrick’s Day parade. We are diligently working with State and Federal Health Officials to provide you with the most current and accurate information and will continue to keep you updated as more information is available.  

At this time, there is no need to panic and the risk of contracting the virus, especially with proper preventative measures, remains low.  Remember to clean and wash your hands often and if you are feeling sick, stay home.  For updated information please continue to monitor our website or call the NJ Department of Health 24-Hour Hotline at 1-800-222-1222.


ORIGINAL INFORMATION:

As of March 10, 2020 the Senior Center has cancelled the Mercer County Nutrition Congregate Meal Program within the facility. However, registered participants will be instructed how they can receive a box meal which will be provided by the County. In addition, we have cancelled all programs and activities at the senior center with some exceptions. This policy is in effect through March 22, 2020.