8/14/2020 - MISSING PERSON  - Kory Castrantas

 

COVID-19 CASES REPORTED IN HAMILTON TOWNSHIP AS OF 9/18/2020:

1,991 TOTAL POSITIVE CASES

187 DEATHS

1,527 RECOVERIES

FOR THE MOST UP-TO-DATE INFORMATION VISIT covid19.nj.gov

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8/3/2020 - COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update - August 2020

Resource Guides, 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

 

Coping with Stress

If you're feeling stressed, anxious or depressed due to COVID-19, please call New Jersey's Mental Health Hotline at 877-294-HELP (4357) or visit njmentalhealthcares.org for emotional support, guidance, and mental health referrals as needed. 

You also may call the SAMHSA Disaster Distress Helpline at 1-800-985-5990 or Text TalkWithUs to 66746 (TTY 1-800-846-8517).

 

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 at 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

 

Dealing with Food Insecurity?

You can find a list of Mercer County Food Pantries and Meal Services here.

  

Daily Updates

8/31/2020

International Overdose Awareness Day

Today is International Overdose Awareness Day, a global event held annually on August 31 to raise awareness of overdose and reduce the stigma associated with drug-related death.

 

Substance addiction knows no boundaries, it knows no race, ethnicity, gender, profession or economic status. No one should ever have to face substance addiction alone! There is hope for treatment and recovery!

 

Hamilton Township is home to various organizations that can help – today and every day these groups make us #HamiltonProud

 

Visit https://HamiltonNJ.com/HAASA for a list of available resources.

 

In memory of those who have lost their lives, Hamilton Township buildings will be lit in purple this evening.

 

 

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update

As of August 31st, Mercer County has 8,333 positive cases of COVID-19. All active cases are either at home self-isolating or admitted to the hospital. Contact tracing continues for any new case and any follow up for previously confirmed cases. 

 

The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. Protect yourself with the following steps:

 

  • Keep Your Distance -- stay at least six feet away from others -- and Wear a Face Covering

  • Wash Your Hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after being in a public place, as well as after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.

  • If soap and water are not accessible, Use a Hand Sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.

  • Avoid Touching Your Eyes, Nose and Mouth with unwashed hands.

  • Avoid Close Contact with people who are sick.

  • Stay Home if you are sick, except to get medical care. Learn what to do if you are sick.

  • Cover Your Mouth and Nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.

    For more information visit our website or covid19.nj.gov

 

State Announces Indoor Dining, Reopening of Movie Theaters and Performance Venues

Governor Murphy announced today that restaurants in New Jersey may begin offering indoor dining starting Friday, September 4th.The following regulations will be in place:

  • Restaurants will be subject to 25% capacity

  • Tables must be socially distant (6 feet apart)

  • Parties are capped at 8 persons per table

  • Staff must wear masks at all times

  • Diners must wear masks when not in their seats

  • Food and beverages can only be consumed while seated

  • If you are dining at a restaurant that only offers table service, you will only be able to order your food while seated at your table

  • Restaurants that provide food service at the bar may allow dining while maintaining social distancing

  • Windows must be open to allow for air flow into dining areas

  • Air conditioning units must be turned for outdoor air to flow into dining areas

     

    In addition, movie theaters and other indoor performance venues may reopen on Friday, September 4th. Capacity will be limited to the lesser of 25% or 150 people-social distancing and masks must be enforced at all times. This capacity limit also applies to religious services, weddings, funerals & memorial services, and political activities.

8/28/2020

We Commemorate the 57th Anniversary of the March on Washington

On this date in 1963, 250 thousand Americans came together in our nation's capital for a historic protest. The Civil Rights March on Washington called for freedom from racial and economic injustices. The march is best remembered by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech. The dream those attendees heard on that day 57 years ago became the dream of generations.

 

"I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream.

I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and love out the true meaning of its creed. We hold these truths to be self-evident that all men are created equal."

 

 

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update

As of August 28th, Mercer County has 8,310 positive cases of COVID-19. All active cases are either at home self-isolating or admitted to the hospital. Contact tracing continues for any new case and any follow up for previously confirmed cases. 

 

The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. Protect yourself with the following steps:

 

  • Keep Your Distance -- stay at least six feet away from others -- and Wear a Face Covering

  • Wash Your Hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after being in a public place, as well as after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.

  • If soap and water are not accessible, Use a Hand Sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.

  • Avoid Touching Your Eyes, Nose and Mouth with unwashed hands.

  • Avoid Close Contact with people who are sick.

  • Stay Home if you are sick, except to get medical care. Learn what to do if you are sick.

  • Cover Your Mouth and Nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.

    For more information visit our website or covid19.nj.gov

     

    Governor Announces Child Care Initiative from Coronavirus Relief Fund to Support Working Families

With the school year
starting in New Jersey amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Governor Phil Murphy
today announced plans to dedicate $250 million in funding from the federal
Coronavirus Relief Fund, which will provide additional support to
children and their families as well as for thousands of child care
providers with resources.


The Governor’s Child
Care Initiative includes the following components:

Supporting Children and
Families: 

1.   
The Department of Human
Services will now provide state child care subsidies for child
care during the school day for school-age children (children age 5 to 13 years
old) through the end of calendar year 2020. Participation in the
state Child Care Subsidy Program is available to children in families with
incomes up to 200 percent of the federal poverty level who meet program
criteria. Under the COVID Child Care Initiative, through the end of the
calendar year, currently enrolled and any newly enrolled school-age children
will now be eligible for state subsidy funding for child care services
throughout the school day. 

2.   
The Department of Human
Services also will create a new $150 million program to provide child care
support to New Jersey families who are not eligible for the state Child
Care Subsidy Program but who are in need of either full or part-time child care
due to their child’s school’s remote learning
schedule. This assistance will be available through the end of
calendar year 2020 for families with school-age children, 5 to 13 years
old, with annual incomes below $75,000 through an application process.

Applications will open
in early September. When the process opens, families may submit
applications and the department will make awards to participants who meet the
eligibility criteria until funding is exhausted. Selected recipients will
be eligible for either full- or part-time support based on their families’
needs. 

Supporting Child Care
Re-Opening:

1.   
To support the reopening
and sustainability of child care centers that make it a priority to serve
children receiving the state child care subsidy, the Department of Human
Services will provide supplemental payments of $75 per subsidy-eligible child,
per month, including infants, toddlers, and school-age children to providers
through the end of the calendar year. 

2.   
The Department of Human
Services will make funding available to all licensed child care centers and all
registered family child providers in New Jersey that are open or will open
by October 1st to manage added operational costs due to new COVID-19 health and
safety guidelines. These funds will be available to nearly 6,000 child
care providers in New Jersey with increased COVID-related costs, such as
purchasing PPE and other supplies and materials, cleaning and sanitation, and
other operational needs related to COVID-19 that are eligible expenses for the
Coronavirus Relief Fund. Funds will be available as follows: 


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



Coping with Stress

If you're feeling stressed, anxious or depressed due to COVID-19,
please call New Jersey's Mental Health Hotline at 877-294-HELP (4357) or
visit 
njmentalhealthcares.org
for emotional support, guidance, and mental
health referrals as needed. 



You also may call the SAMHSA Disaster Distress Helpline at
1-800-985-5990 or Text TalkWithUs to 66746 (TTY 1-800-846-8517).

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 


8/27/2020 

Local Firefighters Leave to Help with Hurricane Laura Response

 

Today 5 members of the Hamilton Township Professional Firefighters joined NJ-TF1 on route to Louisiana to assist in the response to Hurricane Laura. These hometown heroes remain in our thoughts during this deployment - these First Responders make us proud!

 

Visit the New Jersey Office of Emergency Management Facebook page for footage of the team leaving: https://www.facebook.com/READYNEWJERSEY/videos/600295973903475

 

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update

As of August 27th, Mercer County has 8,303 positive cases of COVID-19. All active cases are either at home self-isolating or admitted to the hospital. Contact tracing continues for any new case and any follow up for previously confirmed cases. 

 

The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. Protect yourself with the following steps:

 

  • Keep Your Distance -- stay at least six feet away from others -- and Wear a Face Covering

  • Wash Your Hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after being in a public place, as well as after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.

  • If soap and water are not accessible, Use a Hand Sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.

  • Avoid Touching Your Eyes, Nose and Mouth with unwashed hands.

  • Avoid Close Contact with people who are sick.

  • Stay Home if you are sick, except to get medical care. Learn what to do if you are sick.

  • Cover Your Mouth and Nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.

    For more information visit our website or covid19.nj.gov

 

Traffic Notice: Ramp Closure

Route 129 SB to Route 29 SB

The New Jersey Department of Transportation will be paving the ramp from Route 129 southbound to Route 29 southbound tonight, August 27th, from 10 pm to 5 am of Friday, August 28th. A detour will be in place.

 

Please note that all work is weather dependent.

 

8/26/2020

TASK to Host Weekly Food Distribution At Kuser Elementary School

Are you or someone you know in need of a helping hand facing food insecurity? The Trenton Area Soup Kitchen is now offering free grab and go meals at Kuser Elementary School, 70 Newkirk Avenue, Hamilton 08629, every Thursday afternoon from 4:30 pm- 6 pm.

 

This Thursday August 27th, FeedNJ, an anti-hunger campaign, has purchased meals from Killarney's Publick House for distribution. We are thankful for the generosity of local organizations during these challenging times.

 

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update

As of August 26th, Mercer County has 8,288 positive cases of COVID-19. All active cases are either at home self-isolating or admitted to the hospital. Contact tracing continues for any new case and any follow up for previously confirmed cases. 

The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. Protect yourself with the following steps:

  • Keep Your Distance -- stay at least six feet away from others -- and Wear a Face Covering

  • Wash Your Hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after being in a public place, as well as after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.

  • If soap and water are not accessible, Use a Hand Sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.

  • Avoid Touching Your Eyes, Nose and Mouth with unwashed hands.

  • Avoid Close Contact with people who are sick.

  • Stay Home if you are sick, except to get medical care. Learn what to do if you are sick.

  • Cover Your Mouth and Nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.

    For more information visit our website or covid19.nj.gov

    Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the 19th Amendment 

    100 years ago the Nineteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution was ratified, states and the federal government were prohibited from denying anyone the right to vote based upon their gender. Women’s Equality Day is recognized on August 26th each year to commemorate not only woman’s suffrage but to draw attention to the continued effort towards full equality for women. For generations little girls have had big dreams and today our daughters know they can do more than dream, with hard work and dedication they can grow up to do great things!

     

    “We ask justice, we ask equality, we ask that all the civil and political rights that belong to citizens of the United States, be guaranteed to us and our daughters forever.” – Susan B. Anthony, suffragette

     

    To find out more on how to vote in this years’ upcoming General Election in November or to obtain a Voter Registration Form, visit: https://www.nj.gov/state/elections/

     

    State Announces Gyms May Reopen 9/1 Under New Rules

    Governor Phil Murphy announced today that gyms in New Jersey will be able to reopen on Tuesday, September 1st. Gyms will be limited to 25% capacity and must follow the additional rules:

  • Restrictions on indoor group activities (such as cycling classes) to one person for every 200 square feet of space in the room.

  • Masks or face coverings must be worn at all times inside the gym.

  • Equipment must be six feet apart.

  • People must sign a form when they enter the gym that says they will adhere to the safety guidelines.

  • Gyms must keep a log of workers and clients, including names and phone numbers, so the information could be made available to contact tracers in the event there’s a COVID-19 exposure at the facility.

8/25/2020

Severe Weather Alert

August 25, 2020

 

Our area may experience strong to severe thunderstorms this afternoon into this evening ahead of a cold front moving through. A potent, cold front will arrive after 4 PM, bringing a far higher precipitation risk. This front, combined with the unseasonably high temperatures, allows for a few strong to severe storms. The main hazard would be damaging gusts, and a few instances of penny to quarter size hail.

 

Strong, damaging winds could lead to tree damage and power outages. Make sure you have an emergency plan, and charge your mobile devices. To report a power outage to PSE&G, call 1-800-436-7734 (PSEG,) text OUT to PSE&G (47734,) or visit https://nj.myaccount.pseg.com/myservicepublic/outagepublic.

 

To prevent carbon monoxide poisoning, do not run any gasoline-powered generators in any enclosed space. If you are on life sustaining medical equipment, ensure that you alert PSE&G in advance.

 

Stay away from downed wires! Downed wires should always been considered live. Stay at least 30 feet away from downed power lines and immediately call PSE&G at 1-800-436-PSEG (7734) or 911 to report downed wires.

 

Should you need to report fallen trees across roadways, please contact the Hamilton Township Police Department Non-Emergency Line at 609-581-4000

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update

As of August 25th, Mercer County has 8,274 positive cases of COVID-19. All active cases are either at home self-isolating or admitted to the hospital. Contact tracing continues for any new case and any follow up for previously confirmed cases. 

 

The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. Protect yourself with the following steps:

 

  • Keep Your Distance -- stay at least six feet away from others -- and Wear a Face Covering

  • Wash Your Hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after being in a public place, as well as after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.

  • If soap and water are not accessible, Use a Hand Sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.

  • Avoid Touching Your Eyes, Nose and Mouth with unwashed hands.

  • Avoid Close Contact with people who are sick.

  • Stay Home if you are sick, except to get medical care. Learn what to do if you are sick.

  • Cover Your Mouth and Nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.

    For more information visit our website or covid19.nj.gov

     

    WATCH: This Month In Hamilton

    With Mayor Martin and HTSD Superintendent Dr. Scott Rocco

 

Today, Hamilton Mayor Jeff Martin and Hamilton Township School District Superintendent Dr. Scott Rocco sat down to film the August episode of “This Month in Hamilton,” a new monthly radio show hosted by Mayor Martin on WBCB 1490AM radio.

 

To see this broadcast, click the image above or visit: https://www.facebook.com/WBCB1490/videos/315630389686175 or listen on your radio or through www.wbcb1490.com at 5 pm. 

 

Listen and watch "This Month in Hamilton" live on the fourth Tuesday of every month at 10 AM at www.facebook.com/WBCB1490.

State Releases Updated Travel Advisory List

Governor Phil Murphy today advised individuals traveling to New Jersey from states or territories with significant community spread of COVID-19 to quarantine for a 14-day period from the time of last contact within the identified state or territory. The updated advisory includes the addition of Guam — with Alaska, Arizona, Delaware, Maryland, and Montana removed from the list, bringing the total to 31 states and territories.  The travel advisory applies to any person arriving from a state or territory with a positive test rate higher than 10 per 100,000 residents or a state with a 10 percent or higher positivity rate over a 7-day rolling average.

 

As of Tuesday, August 25, there are currently 31 states and territories that meet the criteria stated above: Alabama; Arkansas; California; Florida; Georgia; Guam; Hawaii; Iowa; Idaho; Indiana; Illinois; Kansas; Kentucky; Louisiana; Minnesota; Missouri; Mississippi; North Carolina; North Dakota; Nebraska; Nevada; Oklahoma; Puerto Rico; South Carolina; South Dakota; Tennessee; Texas; Utah; Virginia; Virgin Islands; and Wisconsin.

 

Travelers and those residents who are returning from impacted states should self-quarantine at their home, hotel, or other temporary lodging. Individuals should leave the place of self-quarantine only to seek medical care/treatment or to obtain food and other essential items. 

 

It is expected that individuals will follow the public health advisory to self-quarantine. The list of states will be updated on a rolling basis and is accessible here.

 8/24/2020

Need to Get Tested for COVID-19?

List of Sites Available

Need to get tested for COVID-19, but not sure where to start? While testing is readily available across the state, there are many variables you may want to consider when you decide where to get the test. Who is the center open to; do you have to be showing symptoms, what kind of tests do they offer; and what is the average turnaround time to receive results?

 

The Hamilton Township Health Department has compiled a list of COVID-19 testing locations throughout Mercer County, which you can review at

https://hamiltonnj.com/Health.

 

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update


As of August 24th, Mercer County has 8,267 positive cases of COVID-19. All active cases are either at home self-isolating or admitted to the hospital. Contact tracing continues for any new case and any follow up for previously confirmed cases. 

 

The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. Protect yourself with the following steps:

 

·         Keep Your Distance -- stay at least six feet away from others -- and Wear a Face Covering

·         Wash Your Hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after being in a public place, as well as after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.

·         If soap and water are not accessible, Use a Hand Sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.

·         Avoid Touching Your Eyes, Nose and Mouth with unwashed hands.

·         Avoid Close Contact with people who are sick.

·         Stay Home if you are sick, except to get medical care. Learn what to do if you are sick.

·         Cover Your Mouth and Nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.

For more information visit our website or covid19.nj.gov

 

Mercer County Board of Elections Moves to Temporary Location