March 21, 2020
Dear Parents/Guardians and Community members,
First and foremost, I hope this finds you, your families, and your loved ones safe and well, despite these unprecedented and rather challenging circumstances. As always, together our Cranford community shall overcome these challenges and, in the end, be better, stronger and even more united for it.
At this point, I am sure you are all watching the number of positive COVID-19 cases continue to climb statewide and nationally. States, including New Jersey, are taking drastic measures to help limit the spread and flatten the curve, including closing schools, closing non-essential businesses, and imposing curfews.
Given that the virus is now so widespread that almost any of us could have been exposed to it, I have been advised by the Township Health Department not to continue issuing updates on each new case, unless there is an unusual occurrence. To monitor the cases in our community, please visit the Township website (click the "News" section on your phone).
At this point, everyone should continue to monitor their own health with an eye towards COVID-19 symptoms, namely fever, cough, and difficulty breathing. If you or a family member is experiencing symptoms consistent with COVID-19, call your healthcare provider before arriving for an evaluation.
Additionally, please know that if there is a concern that you may have had direct contact with an individual who tests positive for COVID-19, the Health Department will contact you as a part of their investigative protocol.
Families are reminded to take all recommended precautions and exercise best practices like hand washing and social distancing to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19.
We should all be reminded to maintain the following health and hygiene behaviors:
- Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue or into your sleeve, not your hands.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
- Wash hands often, with soap and water, for at least 20 seconds, especially after coughing or sneezing.
- Keep your children home when they are sick.
- Avoid people who are sick.
- Clean and disinfect frequently-touched surfaces and objects.
If you have any questions regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19), please contact the New Jersey Department of Health Hotline at 800-222-1222 or simply dial 211.
Please know that we face this public health concern together, and together, we will get through this. Let’s continue to take care of ourselves and each other.