COVID-19 Information2020-06-11T14:12:57-04:00

NEW JERSEY STATE

HUNTERDON COUNTY

The Hunterdon County Health Department along with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the New Jersey State Department of Health and other local public health officials continue to closely monitor the outbreak of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). Click here for information and resources.

BOROUGH OF HIGH BRIDGE

News & Announcements related to COVID-19

COVID-19 drive-thru testing location information

Contact Info: Michele Menditto
Email: mmenditto@co.hunterdon.nj.us

To All Somerset/Hunterdon County Healthcare Providers:

The Somerset County Department of Health and the Hunterdon County Health Department have partnered to offer a COVID-19 drive-thru testing location. The information is as follows:

Who: Open to all COVID-19 SYMPTOMATIC Somerset and Hunterdon County Residents

How: Symptomatic residents can schedule an appointment here: https://somerset-hunterdon.adlabscovidtest.com/ A Physician’s prescription is required (a paper copy) and must be provided at the testing site. An electronic prescription can be substituted with an order on letterhead with the following information:

  • patient name
  • DOB
  • Physician’s name
  • Physicians NPI number
  • Physician’s address
  • Physician’s phone number
  • Physician’s fax

A drivers license or government issued ID will also be required at the testing site.

Diagnostic Information: The test will be a nasal swab. Accurate Diagnostic Labs will send patient results to the ordering physician. This information will also be entered into CDRSS.

Where: Raritan Valley Community College – 118 Lamington Rd, Branchburg, NJ 08876 (Route 22 Campus Drive entrance)

When: Thursday April 16th, Friday April 17th and Monday April 20th. Between the hours of 10:00am-1:00pm. Additional dates may be added if more test kits and PPE can be acquired.

Instructions/FAQs for what can be expected at the testing site can be found here: https://www.co.somerset.nj.us/Home/ShowDocument?id=37503

For questions please call the testing site information line at 908-237-7150.

April 15th, 2020|

UPDATE AND REVISION OF EMERGENCY PROCLAMATION:

TO ALL RESIDENTS AND PERSONS WITHIN THE BOROUGH OF HIGH BRIDGE NEW JERSEY AND TO ALL DEPARTMENTS OF THE MUNICIPAL GOVERNMENT OF THE BOROUGH OF HIGH BRIDGE.

WHEREAS, Pursuant to the powers vested by (Chapter 251 of the laws of 1942, as amended and supplemented. N. J. S. A. App. A:9-30 et seq.; N. J. S. A. 40: 48-1(6); N. J. S. A. 2C:33-1 et seq.; whichever law or laws apply, a local emergency was declared to exist within the boundaries of the Borough of High Bridge on March 17, 2020, and

WHEREAS, the aforesaid laws authorize the promulgation of such orders, rules and regulations as are necessary to meet the various problems which have or may occur due to such emergency, and

WHEREAS, by reason of the conditions which currently exists in certain areas of the Borough of High Bridge which may affect the health, safety and welfare of the people of the Borough of High Bridge, and

WHEREAS, it has been determined that these areas of the Borough of High Bridge should then be declared disaster areas and further that certain measures must be taken in order to insure that the authorities as well as maintaining an orderly flow of traffic, and further in order to protect the persons and property of the residents affected by the conditions, and

WHEREAS, to help curtail the possibility of community spread of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), Administrative Order 2020-1 issued 03/23/2020 and Administrative Order 2020-2 issued 04/08/2020 have been added to the list of emergency protective measures, and

WHEREAS, the Public Health Emergency declared in Executive Order No. 103 (2020) pursuant to the EHPA, N.J.S.A. 26:13-1, et seq., continues to exist throughout the State of New Jersey,

THEREFORE, IN ACCORDANCE WITH the aforesaid laws, it is promulgated and declared that the governor’s declaration(s) shall be in addition to all other laws of the State of New Jersey and the Borough of High Bridge and shall terminate on May 17, 2020, unless extended an additional thirty days or otherwise rescinded.

Signed by: Mayor Michele Lee

Signed by: Joseph Trilone, Emergency Management Coordinator

April 14th, 2020|

High Bridge Office of Emergency Management Administrative Order No. 2020-2 Advisement – 04/08/20

In accordance with EO-107, EO-108, and EO-118, as a result of behavior observed in a manner that is inconsistent with and threatens to undermine the social mitigation strategies necessary to limit the spread of COVID-19, creating risks to public health,

Trails-Nassau/Springside Trail is closed until further notice. 

Parks and Public Lands-The Commons Lot will be open to permit holders only.

All Borough parks are available for walking, running and biking only, following social distancing guidelines.  Sedentary activities are prohibited.

The High Bridge Hills Golf Course shall remain closed to the public.

These orders will be strictly enforced in an effort to minimize groups being formed and to ensure the public is adhering to social distancing guidelines. 

This order shall take effect immediately

Signed by: Mayor Michele Lee
Signed by: Joseph Trilone, Emergency Management Coordinator

April 8th, 2020|

Mayor’s Update: Parks, trails, and lot closures

Update: April 8, 2020

Shortly after sending our PSA email last night we learned the County is closing the Columbia Trail.  The Commons lot will be closed, available to permit holders only.

Additionally, after much discussion and in light of the Governor’s Executive Order, we will  close the Nassau/Springside trails in an effort to stave off excessive crowding here as other parks and trails around the state close.

By all accounts these next few weeks will be extremely difficult as we reach the peak of this outbreak and none of these decisions have been made lightly. The priority continues to be the health and well-being of everyone in our community.

Signed Mayor Michele I. Lee
Click here for signed Administrative Order 2020-2 Advisement

April 8th, 2020|

MAYOR’S UPDATE-COVID-19-VIRTUAL TOWN HALL

Office of the Mayor

Michele Lee

mlee@highbridge.org

UPDATE – April 7, 2020

44,416 positive tests Statewide, 1,232 COVID-19 related deaths.

Hunterdon County has 236 confirmed positives, with 3 COVID-19 related deaths.  Still no word on a testing facility in our County.

As of yesterday April 6th, we have 7 cases here in High Bridge. 

My thoughts go out to these families, and all those around NJ and the Country dealing with this illness and/or the loss of loved ones.

Governor Murphy today signed multiple Executive Orders, including extending the public health emergency by another 30 days, closing all schools indefinitely, and the closing all state and county parks.  This last order was largely due to groups not following social distancing requirements.

As of this writing, we have not received word from the County on whether they intend to close the Columbia Trail.  We will continue monitoring the situation and address issues that may arise from crowds and social distancing both on the trail and in the Commons lot.

Regarding the Borough parks, at least for today, we will keep them open for passive recreational activities.  This means you must keep moving!  No groups or picnics or congregating of any kind.  My ultimate fear is that as parks around the state close, we will see a greater use of our own parks, and the same social distancing violations will occur here.  If that does happen, I will not hesitate to close all of them.

It is up to each one of us to make sure that social distancing rules are upheld if we want to keep our parks open.  If you see something which violates the rules, call the police for enforcement.  They will continue to patrol all public areas.

On a side note, please clean up after your dog!!  Whether on the trail, in the park or walking on the street, please bring a baggie with you and keep it with you to properly dispose of.  It is really upsetting that we are seeing an increase in poop, plastic bags and disposable gloves on the ground in the public areas of our beautiful Borough.  There are many receptacles around… use them!

As a reminder, our Council meeting normally held on Thursday nights will be held tomorrow, Wednesday, at 7:30p via WebEx.  Another update will take place at the beginning of the meeting with information provided by both the County and State during our weekly Mayor’s call scheduled for tomorrow.

Agenda can be found on the Borough website, login instructions below:

Meeting link:


https://meetingsamer4.webex.com/meetingsamer4/j.php?MTID=me708bf0b0983f74dce1f1085750eb1c7

Meeting number:
628 230 779

Password:
1212

More ways to join:
Join by video system
Dial 628230779@meetingsamer4.webex.com

You can also dial 173.243.2.68 and enter your meeting number.

Join by phone:

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Access code: 628 230 779

April 7th, 2020|

Mayor’s Update: Covid-19 – Brush and Leaf Pick-up – Virtual Town Hall

Office of the Mayor
Michele Lee
mlee@highbridge.org

UPDATE:
As of yesterday, April 1, there are 5 confirmed COVID-19 cases in our Borough, and 117 in Hunterdon County. Best source of information and resources for all things NJ COVID related is: https://covid19.nj.gov/
In speaking with the County and State yesterday, there are still no plans for a testing facility here in Hunterdon County, and the medical facilities all have a shortage of testing kits and PPE. Only those with symptoms and a doctor’s recommendation will be tested at this time.

That is why it’s important for me to say again, STAY HOME.
We can all do our part by limiting trips to the grocery store, etc. and keeping a safe social distance when it’s absolutely necessary to go out.
I have heard from many residents who are concerned about the crowding on the Columbia Trail. This is a County trail and they have made the decision to keep it open at this time. I have relayed our concerns to the County and to the State and will keep doing so. Last week, we restricted access to the back area of the parking lot and closing the lot completely is currently under consideration.

I have also heard reports of pick-up basketball games at Union Forge Park yesterday and will remind everyone that the playground, gazebos and basketball courts are CLOSED. Please talk with your kids and remind them of the Emergency Administrative Order that prohibits the use of these facilities. This has been posted to the Borough website to review.
The golf course also remains closed to the public. Please refrain from taking your dog or family for a walk or bringing your clubs to the course to practice, even if by yourself. These areas will be patrolled by Borough police.

I know this is all hard!! I have a teenager too and we’re going stir crazy! PLEASE, I want all of us in High Bridge to stay healthy and we need everyone’s cooperation in helping to flatten the curve and prevent the spread of the virus.

While Spring brush and leaf pick-up has been suspended, and the Commons Natural Recycling Center is closed, DPW will do curbside pick-up if the brush and/or leaves are put in appropriate bags and left in front of your home. Bags can be obtained by calling 908-638-6588. Please do not overfill bags and be sure to thank our guys with a wave from your porch as they will be keeping a safe social distance.

On Monday, April 6th, at 6pm we will be holding a Virtual Town Hall via GoToMeeting for a presentation and discussion on the Hunterdon Area Energy Cooperative. This is an opportunity for all residents to ask questions directly so that the Borough may enter the co-op in May.
Instructions to join:
Please join the meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.
https://www.gotomeet.me/LisaHibbs

You can also dial in using your phone.
(For supported devices, tap a one-touch number below to join instantly.)
United States: +1 (872) 240-3212; Access Code: 979-598-749

  • One-touch: tel:+18722403212,,979598749#

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As always, if you need assistance please call Borough Hall at 908-638-6455 and have a great day.

April 2nd, 2020|
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