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COVID-19 CASES REPORTED IN HAMILTON TOWNSHIP AS OF 10/30/2020:

2,254 TOTAL POSITIVE CASES

188 DEATHS

1,804 RECOVERIES

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

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

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10/1/2020 - COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update - October 2020

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

10/30/2020

Tonight: Hamilton Police Division to Host Halloween Drive-Thru

Don’t forget, the Hamilton Police Division is hosting a spooktacular Halloween Drive-Thru for children tonight, October 30th, from 6-8PM, Rain or Shine.

Trick-or-treat from your car in a COVID-19 friendly, safe, contact free environment. With a scary drive-thru and candy while supplies last, all who attend are sure to be in for a frightfully good time!

A Toys-for-Tots Collection Box will be on site for anyone who would like to also drop-off an un-wrapped toy for a Hamilton family in need during the upcoming holiday season.

 

As a reminder, the Township has created a list of Safety Tips for a fun Halloween-find them here.

 

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update

As of October 30th, Mercer County has 9,340 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

 

Daylight Savings Time Ends -Remember to Fall Back!

Although we may not be ready for an extra hour of 2020, don't forget to "fall back" an hour this weekend -- 2 A.M. on Sunday, November 1st we return to standard time.

 

Don’t forget, now is also a good time to check the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors too! It’s an easy way to help protect your family and yourself all year long.

 

Township Updates-Week of November 2-6

Tuesday, November 3rd

All Township Offices will be closed on November 3rd in observance of Election Day. Garbage will be collected.

Resources are Available for Reentry Clients

10/29/2020

Election Day Is Tuesday November 3rd-Make Your Voice Heard!

“Nobody will ever deprive the American people of the right to vote except the American people themselves and the only way they could do this is by not voting.” - President Franklin Delano Roosevelt

The 2020 General Election Day is next week, but you don’t have to wait – you can vote early, you can vote today.

Ways to Participate:

? Find your polling location if you plan to vote in person http://www.mercercounty.org/home/showdocument?id=19390

? Mail back your Ballot via the USPS

? Or find where the nearest Vote By Mail Ballot Box is to you http://www.mercercounty.org/govern.../county-clerk/elections

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update

As of October 29th, Mercer County has 9,297 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

HTSD-Wilson Elementary Teacher Featured on the Today Show

On October 5th, Mr. Vincent Sclafani of Wilson Elementary School was featured on the Today Show as part of their celebration of World Teacher's Day! Click here or the image above to watch the segment!

RWJUH-Hamilton to Host Blood Drive

The COVID-19 pandemic has led to an unprecedented shortage of blood and platelets throughout our country in part due to the lack of on-site blood donation opportunities. Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Hamilton is hosting a Blood Drive in the Roma Café Area of the hospital on November 4th from 11AM - 5PM to help address their urgent need.

To schedule an appointment to donate call 732-235-8100 ext 221 or 248 or visit rwjuhdonorclub.org because together we can save lives.

10/28/2020

WATCH: This Month in Hamilton With Mayor Martin and Staff from RWJUH-Hamilton

Yesterday, Hamilton Mayor Jeff Martin and staff from Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital-Hamilton-Richard Freeman, President & CEO and Firaz Eladoumikdachi, M.D., Breast Surgeon, sat down to film the October episode of “This Month in Hamilton,” a 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/828779717937476

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

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update

As of October 28th, Mercer County has 9,250 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

    Thank You to Our First Responders

    Today is First Responders Day! Let us take this opportunity to thank all first responders including police, fire, paramedics, dispatchers and those others working in an emergency management field. 

    Our first responders are real-life superheroes and that fact has only been amplified over the last seven months as we face the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Thank you to the Hamilton Police Division and Hamilton Township Professional Firefighters for all that you do to keep us safe. Our First Responders make us #HamiltonProud!

10/27/2020

A Message from Mayor Jeff Martin

My Fellow Hamiltonians –

Since mid-April, our COVID numbers have continued to trend in the right direction. We went from a peak of roughly 225 cases/week in mid-April; to roughly 35-40 cases/week over the Summer; to roughly 20 cases/week in September. Unfortunately, our luck and hard work has turned. 

Over the last week Hamilton has experienced 83 new COVID cases; our highest weekly total since the end of May. In one week, we had nearly as many cases as we had the whole month of September (86 total in September). Unfortunately, it is not just a one week blip, over the last two weeks, we have experienced 129 new cases. 

Like all of you, I too am frustrated and tired by the virus.  For each of us, it has turned our world upside down and we don’t know when it will end. However, I promise you that it will not end any sooner by us letting our guard down or deciding we don’t care anymore.   

We can beat the virus and still have some normalcy in our lives. We have seen that you can eat out at restaurants, workout at the gym, and visit your relatives – but it has to be done safely and in accordance with the guidance from the CDC and NJDOH. Until there is a vaccine, contact tracing, wearing masks, and washing hands remain our main tools to bring our numbers back down. 

I know as a community, we can protect ourselves and protect each other. We’ve done it already, we can do it again. 

I remain, as always, proud to be your Mayor. 

Jeff

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update

As of October 27th, Mercer County has 9,220 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 Kicks Off Affordable Care Act Open Enrollment Period

Today, the State kicked off the Affordable Care Act Open Enrollment Period for Get Covered New Jersey, the state’s official health insurance marketplace. The Open Enrollment Period begins November 1, 2020 and runs through January 31, 2021, six weeks longer than last year. 

New Jersey residents will no longer use HealthCare.gov to enroll in Marketplace health insurance plans. Instead, Marketplace plans and financial help will only be available through Get Covered New Jersey at getcovered.nj.gov

Residents in need of health coverage for plan year 2021, or with coverage through Healthcare.gov who want to change their health plans, will be able to shop for and enroll in a health insurance plan through getcovered.nj.gov. Residents currently enrolled in a health plan through Healthcare.gov will be automatically transitioned to Get Covered New Jersey.

Residents shopping for health insurance on Get Covered New Jersey must enroll by December 31, 2020 for their coverage to start on January 1, 2021. Coverage will become effective February 1, 2020 for those who enroll by January 31, 2020.

The new state subsidy – called New Jersey Health Plan Savings – will be available to residents with incomes up to 400% of the Federal Poverty Level (individuals with incomes up to $51,040 a year or for a family of four with an income up to $104,800) in addition to the federal tax credits. The subsidies will help reduce premiums for new enrollees, and those with existing health plans through the federal Marketplace. The subsidies will start lowering premiums for coverage that starts January 1, 2021, or after.

Residents can browse plans now and see if they may qualify for financial help, and find local assistance, at getcovered.nj.gov

Red Ribbon Week

This week marks Red Ribbon Week – the largest drug-abuse prevention campaign in the nation.

Hamilton Township stands with the Red Ribbon Campaign and others across our nation, unified in its commitment for a Drug Free America for our children, for loved ones, for ourselves. Join us in the pledge to Be Happy - Be Brave - Be Drug Free.

If you or a loved one is facing substance abuse, remember you don’t have to travel the path alone. Visit the Hamilton Township Municipal Alliance Against Substance Abuse webpage at https://HamiltonNJ.com/HAASA for a list of available resources.

State Releases Updated Travel Advisory List As of October 27, 2020

Today, Governor Phil Murphy 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 California and Massachusetts, bringing the total to 41 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, October 27, there are currently 41 states and territories that meet the criteria stated above: Alabama; Alaska; Arizona; Arkansas; California; Colorado; Florida; Georgia; Guam; Iowa; Idaho; Indiana; Illinois; Kansas; Kentucky; Louisiana; Maryland; Massachusetts; Michigan; Minnesota; Missouri; Mississippi; Montana; North Carolina; North Dakota; Nebraska; New Mexico; Nevada; Ohio; Oklahoma; Puerto Rico; Rhode Island; South Carolina; South Dakota; Tennessee; Texas; Utah; Virginia; Wisconsin; West Virginia; and Wyoming.  

Neighboring states Connecticut, Pennsylvania, and Delaware now meet the criteria for New Jersey’s travel advisory. Due to the interconnected nature of the region and mode of transport between New Jersey and the three states, a 14-day quarantine is not reasonable in all instances. Non-essential travel to and from these states, however, is highly discouraged at this time. New York and Connecticut are also discouraging non-essential travel to and from New Jersey, but are not mandating that travelers quarantine due to the interconnected nature of the region and economy. Massachusetts will be included on New Jersey's advisory, but neither New York’s or Connecticut’s based on the same criteria. 

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.

10/26/2020

Township Begins 2020 Leaf Collection Program Today

As the weather changes and the leaves are beginning to fall we wanted to remind our residents of the 4 convenient options to properly dispose of leaves in town.

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update

As of October 26th, Mercer County has 9,174 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

Township Meeting & Cultural & Performing Arts Commission to Host Arts Challenge

The Hamilton Cultural & Performing Arts Advisory Commission has a challenge for our residents, an Art Challenge. 

Draw, Sing or Sculpt something that fits the theme Grateful (Thankful) and share them with the Commission by November 15th to be featured on the Hamilton Cultural & Performing Arts Advisory Commission webpage. 

We can’t wait to see what makes our Hamilton Township residents Grateful!

10/23/2020

Township Celebrates Breast Cancer Awareness Month with "Pink Out"

Today Township employees joined in "Pink Out" in support of Breast Cancer Awareness month and to bring greater awareness and education to the cause. Township Buildings will be lit in pink and you will see pink ribbon yard signs in front of some buildings this month.

 

Facts about breast cancer:

  • Even though breast cancer is more common in women, men can get it too.

  • For 2020 the American Cancer Society projects over 276,000 breast cancer cases to be diagnosed in women and 2,620 cases in men.

  • Aside from skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common cancer in American women.

  • Mammograms can help detect the early stages of breast cancer.

  • There are over 3.5 million breast cancer survivors in the US!

     

    Tips to lower your risk:

  • Exercise regularly

  • Maintain a healthy weight

  • Don't drink alcohol, or limit alcoholic beverages

  • Breastfeed your children, if possible

  • Talk to your doctor about other ways to lower your risk, especially if you have a family history of breast cancer

     

    For more information on breast cancer please visit the CDC (cdc.gov) or American Cancer Society (cancer.org)

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update

As of October 23rd, Mercer County has 9,072 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

    Township Meeting & Event Updates

    Week of October 25th-October 31st

    Monday, October 26th

    The Library Board of Trustees will be meeting via conference call beginning at 5pm. Please click here for dial-in instructions.

     

    The Township Council will be holding a special hybrid meeting at the Call Center Training Room (5 Justice Samuel A. Alito, Jr. Way Hamilton, NJ 08619) and via conference call beginning at 6:30pm. Click here for more information.

     

    Tuesday, October 27th

    The Shade Tree Commission meeting has been cancelled.

    The Zoning Board will be holding a special meeting using the Zoom application beginning at 6pm. Please click here for instructions on how to observe and participate in this meeting.

     

    Thursday, October 29th

    The Green Team Subcommittee of the Environmental Commission will be conducted both in-person at the Call Center Training Room (5 Justice Samuel A. Alito, Jr. Way Hamilton, NJ 08619) and using the Zoom application beginning at 6:30pm. Please click here for instructions on how to participate using either means.

     

    Friday, October 30th

    The Police Division is sponsoring a free Halloween Drive-Thru from 6-8pm at Police Headquarters. See the flyer below for more information.

Tomorrow is National Prescription Take Back Day

October 24th marks National Prescription Take Back Day

 

Today, from 10 AM until 2 PM, Mercer County Sheriff Jack Kemler and his office are hosting a National Prescription Take Back Day. The event, which allows for the safe disposal of unused, expired, and potentially easily abused opioid painkillers and other prescription medication, is being held in the parking lot across from the Mercer County Administration Building located at 640 South Broad Street, Trenton. You may also dispose of vape pens and e-cigarette devices at this event – no syringes, sharp instruments, liquid medications, or solutions will be accepted. Please wear a mask and practice social distancing rules.

 

If you are unable to make it to the County sponsored event, visit https://www.fda.gov/drugs/disposal-unused-medicines-what-you-should-know/drug-disposal-drug-take-back-locations for a list of other permanent disposal locations near you. Additionally, the Hamilton Township Police Division Headquarters has a box to drop-off unwanted prescriptions in its lobby (1270 Whitehorse-Mercerville Road, Hamilton).

 

Remember – no one should ever have to face substance addiction alone – there is hope for treatment and recovery. For a list of available resources visit the Hamilton Township Municipal Alliance Against Substance Abuse webpage at https://HamiltonNJ.com/HAASA

Mercer County to Host

Drive-By Job Fair

Mercer County's One-Stop Career Center will be hosting their first Drive-Thru Job Fair! On Wednesday, Oct. 28 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the CURE Insurance Arena in Trenton, job seekers can connect with more than 40 potential employers who are actively looking for new employees. Additionally, Mercer County will offer free information on other county services and resources.

 

Registration is encouraged. Walk-ups are welcome. Face Coverings are required.

 

Email jobs@mercercounty.org or call 609-989-6066

REGISTER HERE

10/22/2020

Fall in Love with the Hamilton Township Animal Shelter