COVID-19 Update & Important Information
Wednesday, March 25, 2020
From:
Mayor Patrick Giblin, Deputy Mayor Kathleen Miller Prunty, Commissioners Tom Hannen, Jean Maisonneuve and Mary O’Connor

With expanded testing for COVID-19, including a site here in Union County, there will continue to be a significant increase of confirmed cases. The numbers will surely rise but as of this morning:
·          22 confirmed cases of Coronavirus in Cranford
·          246 in Union County
·          3,675 in New Jersey, now has the second highest number of confirmed cases in the nation
Your safety is our priority and we continue to strongly urge residents, of all ages, to stay home and limit outside trips and errands. If possible, please call or leave a note with elderly or homebound family, friends and neighbors to see if they need assistance. There are numerous organizations that can provide help. 
For Senior Citizens and Homebound
A group of Cranford residents have organized Cranford Cares to help with shopping for those unable to get out, particularly the elderly or homebound. You can contact them at cranfordcares@gmail.com or check their Facebook page, Cranford Cares .
Several area churches and houses of worship are providing assistance. For those people who are not associated with particular house of worship should call 908-709-7283 for assistance. Leave your name, address and contact information.

Identity of people confirmed with COVID-19 & Tracking the Spread
           We realize the tremendous concern and worry about the spread and whether you or your family were exposed. While the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Law restricts access to an individuals’ private medical records, it is important to know that there is follow up by the local Health Department.
           When local Health Department is notified of a positive case, their trained health team will begin an investigation to determine that person’s contacts and interactions, including where they may have visited in the past 10-14 days. This will include stores, work, gyms, gatherings, etc. If you have been identified as having interacted with an individual who has tested positive for COVID-19 the Health Department will contact you with further instructions.

Union County Drive-Thru COVID-19 Testing Site
           The County testing site at Kean College campus in Union now has a Fast Track line for first responders showing symptoms. Police, Fire, First Aid, EMT personnel, doctors, nurses and medical personnel are permitted in the Fast Track section with a doctor’s referral appointment. The general public should not go to the site without a prescription and doctors appointment referral. For more details go to www.ucnj.org .
 
Updates from State of NJ New
            Cash collections at all toll locations on the Garden State Parkway and NJ Turnpike have been suspended. All tolls will be collected electronically. E-ZPass will operate as usual; a photo will be taken of license plates of those without an E-ZPass tag and an invoice will be sent. No additional administrative fee will be charged.
           Several businesses were added to the list of those permitted to open. These include cell phone stores and bike shops (for repairs and service).

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)        
We continue to update this list so please email us your questions and we will get the answers. Here are just a few questions from residents.

Q. Is the Meal on Wheels program still operating?
A. All remaining congregate sites are closed. Any person who previously ate at one of the 23 congregate meals sites and is unable to sustain without this assistance should call Union County Meals on Wheels  908-527-4870 .
Home delivered meals for persons with disabilities and seniors over 60 and older will continue and may be expanded for persons in need of food delivery in their homes.

Q. Is the Senior Bus running?
A. Our Cranford bus is not running. Union County is running life-sustaining medical trips only.  All other transportation is cancelled until further notice, including the Route 22 Safety Shuttle.   

Q. Will I get my Social Security check?
A. Information from Andrew Saul, Commissioner of Social Security.
Social Security will continue to pay benefits. Please be aware that scammers may try to trick you into thinking the pandemic is stopping your Social Security payments but that is not true.
Social Security cannot accept visitors in our offices at this time. If you have a critical need that you cannot address online, we can help you over the phone. Information, including how to contact SSA can be found online at www.socialsecurity.gov .

Q. Can I still go to the bank?
A. Many banks are still providing services but please check with your banking provider.
Please be mindful of sanitary rules when using Automated Teller Machines, especially handwashing as soon as possible after use.

Q. Are my taxes still due on May 1?
A. Cranford, like every NJ municipality, cannot make its own rules as per Governor’s Executive Order 108. At this time, we are waiting for guidance from the State.

Q. I have surgical masks and gloves. Where can I donate?
A. The Cranford Fire Dept. has a drop off outside the Fire House, 7 Springfield Ave. 
Parks and Playgrounds Reminder
           The Board of Education, in partnership with the Township, has closed the Memorial Field Complex and all playgrounds. Parks are currently open but this could change. We stress keeping a safe distance, 6 feet or more, from other people and ask parents to explain the importance of social distancing to their children.

Conservation Center Reminder
           The Conservation Center will remain open Wednesday 9:30 am to 3:20 pm, Saturdays and Sundays 9:30 to 3:50 pm. These hours may be adjusted in the future. Please leave the site as soon as you have dropped off your items.
           The current conservation sticker expiration date has been extended to May 1. The application for new permits is in the latest issue of the Township News. New Permits will not be sold at the Conservation Center.

From Public Works Reminder
           With the increased use of disinfecting wipes, we remind residents not to flush these wipes in the toilet. Materials like these, baby wipes, facial cleansing and even “flushable” wipes should be discarded in household trash because they do not breakdown and ultimately cause backups in the sanitary sewer system.
           
Cranford Municipal Services
The Cranford Police and Fire Departments remain on duty 24/7 but please use 911 only for emergencies. Use 908-272-2222 for all other calls or check the website first. The answer to your question may be online. www.cranfordnj.org and click on Public Safety.
 The Cranford Municipal Building, Community Center, Indoor Pool & Fitness Center and Cranford Library are closed to the public and only a few essential employees will have limited access to the Municipal Building. All other employees are working from home and will regularly check their email and telephone messages. We will make every effort to respond as quickly as possible but ask for your patience.

Your sources for official information from the Township of Cranford
  • Each afternoon, Mayor Giblin will give an update and answer questions via Facebook Live on the Township of Cranford page. This typically occurs about 1 pm.
  • You can email your questions at any time to members of the Township Committee or administration@cranfordnj.org.
  • Sign up for regular official updates www.cranfordnj.org and click on “Subscribe to News”
  • If you haven’t already signed up for NIXLE Alerts please do so now – Text 07016 to 888-777.
  • For information and special announcements about Cranford businesses follow Downtown Cranford across social media.

We sincerely thank our first responders, including medical personnel who live in town, teachers and the new parent-teachers, local businesses, community organizations, and especially Cranford residents who never fail to step up to support the Cranford community and beyond. We are so grateful for your support and cooperation during these challenging days.
              
Mayor Patrick Giblin                                 p-giblin@cranfordnj.org
Deputy Mayor Kathleen Miller Prunty     k-prunty@cranfordnj.org
Commissioner Tom Hannen                    t-hannen@cranfordnj.org
Commissioner Jean Maisonneuve         j-maisonneuve@cranfordnj.org
Commissioner Mary O’Connor               m-oconnor@cranfordnj.org
Administrator Jamie Cryan                      j-cryan@cranfordnj.org

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