March 19, 2020

Office of the Mayor Michele Lee mlee@highbridge.org

On Tuesday, March 17th, High Bridge issued a Local State of Emergency that can be reviewed on the Borough website, www.highbridge.org. The Borough Police Department will be patrolling the area to ensure compliance with State Executive Orders and this Proclamation.

Total cases of COVID-19 in New Jersey now total 427. We have 6 positive cases here in Hunterdon County, ages ranging between 21 and 55 years old.

The state has activated NJ 2-1-1 which is a statewide, comprehensive, information and referral service operated by United Ways of NJ. People can call 2-1-1 with questions or concerns about COVID-19 and resources available to them. Residents can also text NJCOVID to 898-211 to receive text information and stay informed. To receive live text assistance, residents can text their zip code to 898-211.

A reminder if you are showing symptoms of the virus, please call your doctor first for medical advice.

It is strongly recommended people over the age of 60, especially those with special needs or compromised immune systems, stay indoors for the next two weeks as much as possible.

Hunterdon County has been preparing for a surge of positive cases and a triage tent has been set up at Hunterdon Medical Center. Please note, this will not be a testing center. Testing will be provided through the County Office of Emergency Management, and more information will be provided once that is available. Our High Bridge Office of Emergency Management has been communicating daily to ensure we are prepared when the time comes.

The health and safety of High Bridge residents is our priority number one. The decision to close the parks, courts and golf course was not taken lightly and we understand how difficult this has been. We need to ensure no groups are being formed, certainly not more than 50 people as required under the State’s Executive Orders (some say 10, which is a safer number). Please ensure that proper social distancing measures are always taken.

At this time, the Council meeting on March 26th will be held at the firehouse and streamed via Facebook live through Mayor Michele Lee’s Facebook page which is public and available to view without a Facebook account. More information on this will follow.

As always, if you need assistance, please call Borough Hall at 908-638-6455.