Mayor Rubenstein January 7, 2021 Message

January 7, 2021 Message:

Good morning Wyckoff. First I’d like to say thank you to all of the K-8 parents and teachers who are doing their best with distance learning this week. Wyckoffians are unparalleled in meeting and exceeding a challenge.

There are a few updates that I’d like to share with you today. First, Bergen County is continuing their testing at Bergen Community College. If you need a Covid test, please see the attached flyer. I’ve personally used this free service and found it to be convenient and relatively quick. We have also been closely following the vaccine rollout. The state is currently in the 1A phase with “paid and unpaid persons serving in health care settings who have the potential for direct or indirect exposure to patients or infectious materials as well as residents and staff of long-term care facilities” receiving the vaccine in this first stage. The website to sign up for the vaccine was overwhelmed in the first few hours and the State Department of Health issued a statement last night asking only 1A eligible individuals to utilize the website until they could remedy the issues with the site. To sign up please visit Covidvaccine.nj.gov. For daily information please visit https://www.co.bergen.nj.us/healt.../2019-novel-corona-virus.

We have had a number of new positives in Wyckoff over the past week. In the previous 7 days the County has reported a total of 70 new positive tests in town. Since the beginning of the pandemic, there have been 499,636 positives in New Jersey from a total of 8,015,890 PCR tests, 49,316 presumptive positive in Bergen County and, sadly, 2029 Bergen County residents lost. Please continue to remain vigilant, socially distance and wear a mask to prevent the spread of the virus.

In the face of the virus, Wyckoff still continues to operate and function at full capacity. In the upcoming week meetings include the Shade Tree Commission (Tuesday 6:30-7:30) Historic Preservation Commission (Tuesday 7-8) and Township Committee (Tuesday 7pm Work Session and 8pm Business Meeting). You can watch the Township Committee meetings live streamed or recorded via the town’s YouTube Channel.

Our local economy needs your help to weather the next few months. There is a second round of PPP/EIDL loans that will be made available to businesses with less than 300 employees and a decrease in 25% in gross receipts since the beginning of the pandemic. However, the most important thing they need is support from our Wyckoff residents. In the coming weeks, please continue to support our local businesses - order dinner from a local restaurant, shop our Wyckoff stores and utilize the services of our many skilled Wyckoff residents (therapists, PTs, accountants, attorneys, online merchants and many others).

Finally, these updates will be shared to our Wyckoff FB page which is Wyckoff Local Government. It will be posted to the town’s website which is https://www.wyckoff-nj.com and everyone should sign up for the weekly emails at https://www.wyckoff-nj.com/home/pages/subscribe-e-alerts.

Together we will thrive in 2021 because we are Wyckoff Strong!