Corona Virus Information
Social Distancing Reminder – As outside temperatures warm, more and more people are spending time outdoors. With this in mind, I would like to remind everyone about the need for social distancing of at least 6 feet. The 6 feet rule should be significantly increased when exercising (jogging, running, bicycling, etc.).
Exercise increases the number of breaths taken per minute and the depth of the breath, which could ultimately lead to saliva traveling through the air for a greater distance. Until social distancing recommendations are rescinded, it would be best practice to avoid jogging, running or bicycling on sidewalks including the Boulevard path when others are present. If you do come upon another person while exercising, please leave lots of room when passing.
General questions about COVID-19:
Mountain Lakes Health Officer
(Bloomfield Health Department)
Corona Virus Resources (updated):
- CDC’s COVID-19 website
- N.J. Department of Health COVID-19 website
- NJ COVID-19 Information Public Call Center: 1-800-222-1222
- County of Morris, Office of Health Management
Also, please visit https://www.fema.gov/coronavirus-rumor-control to get accurate and up-to-date information regarding rumors and myths.
Trash Bags – To avoid a trip to purchase trash bags, while we are under a state of emergency, the Borough will deliver trash bags to your home.
To have trash bags delivered to your home, please call 973-334-3131. Let us know how many rolls and the size of the bags you want to purchase (small or large). We will also need to know where your payment will be left and where to leave the bags.
Payment – For now, we will only accept payment by check. NO cash or credit cards. Payment must be received at drop off or bags will not be left – no exceptions.
Delivery – Bags will be delivered the morning after the order was received (ex: order Monday, deliver Tuesday). Orders received Friday will be delivered Monday.
Communications Reminder – The Borough utilizes Nixle as its emergency communications platform and email for its regular communications. To sign up:
Nixle – Go to www.nixle.com or text 07046 to 888777 from your cell phone.
Borough of Mountain Lakes Response
In alignment with Governor Murphy’s Executive Order, the Borough of Mountain Lakes has taken the following actions:
- Canceled or postponed all in-person meetings of Commissions, Committees and Boards (except the Borough Council meeting), providing the option to meet via conference call.
- Created a “Skip the Trip to Borough Hall” document to assist you in obtaining Borough services without having to visit Borough Hall.
Morris County Government Coordinating Response
The Morris County Office of Emergency Management and Office of Health Management, in coordination with officials in all 39 Morris County towns, school districts, and major healthcare providers, are closely monitoring the situation regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19).
Officials across the county are working in concert with the state Department of Health and federal agencies to ensure they have the latest information to best deal with the virus. In particular, county officials are working closely with Atlantic Health and Saint Clare’s Health.
In addition, county OEM officials urge residents not to be alarmed if they see first responders wearing high levels of protective gear, such as masks, hoods, suits and respirators. Out of an abundance of caution, they may wear this gear for the safety of the patient and fellow responders.
The following are tips provided by the Morris County Office of Health Management (consistent with CDC recommendations) to protect yourself and others from respiratory infections, including the coronavirus (COVID-19):
- Maintain recommended Social Distance of 6 feet if you must go out into public
- Stay home if you are sick;
- Limit close contact with people who are sick;
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth;
- Avoid handshakes. Try an elbow bump;
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds;
- If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol;
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces;
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. If you do not have a tissue, use your sleeve (not your hands);
- Get a flu shot to prevent the flu if you have not done so this season.
Residents are asked to avoid rumors and some less-than-accurate reports about this virus. Keep informed by obtaining information from trusted and reliable sources, including the CDC, NJDOH, and their local health departments: