Mayor Shanley COVID-19 Update 5-20-20
NJ had 1,670 new positives today bringing NJ to 150,399. This was a result of 116 new positives in Bergen, 191 in Essex, 116 in Hudson and 113 in Passaic. Therefore this virus is still active in our area and surrounding counties.
The good news is there were no new cases in Wyckoff and the County cleaned up 4 cases that were double counted dropping our positives to 284. This is because Wyckoff residents are doing a great job of stopping the spread of this virus in Wyckoff.
I completed a Library Trustee Zoom meeting tonight and the Library has a plan in place to resume operations when the Governor gives the green light. Hopefully some operations of the library can resume soon. It likely will start with curbside pickup based on comments from Murphy and his staff.
I participated in a conference call today with County Executive Tedesco who advised that Bergen County was one of only 9 counties that received money from the Federal Government under the CARES Act. Bergen County received 162 million dollars that could be awarded to towns like Wyckoff in grants to cover COVID-19 expenses. We will be seeking some of those monies to reimburse us for our pandemic costs. The County Executive advised that there are 2 county mobile testing units in the county that are testing for COVID-19 and providing antibodies testing for anyone who has previously tested positive. If anyone else wants to be tested for antibodies to COVID-19 they can ask for an appointment at the County site at New Bridge Medical.
The Memorial Day Parade Committee is getting close to finishing its video that unfortunately will be taking the place of our normal ceremonies remembering those that gave the ultimate sacrifice of their life defending our freedom. I will be filming a short message for the video on Friday morning. It becomes especially special to me as my youngest brother was advised by the Army yesterday that he is being be promoted to from Lt. Colonel to Colonel. I could not be more proud of my brother, Michael Shanley, who is at Fort Bragg in North Carolina.
We are slowing progressing in our battle against this virus. While we cannot get out of the 1,000s in new posiitves, the hospitalizations, patients on ventilators, and in critical care are not rising but have have flat lined instead of heading down. We want them to head down. See charts. It means there is still work to do in the state. It is likely why there was no further relaxation of the Executive Order today.
We are still on the path forward and in Wyckoff we have been very steady in not spreading the virus. Keep the faith and stay Wyckoff Strong.
Have a great night.
Tim Shanley, Wyckoff Mayor