Out of concern for public health and safety our VVPA meeting for Tuesday, March 17 at 7:00 pm has been CANCELLED. We will keep you updated regarding future meetings and events.

Kindly review these important local updates regarding COVID-19 (Coronavirus) from Councilman James Solomon:
RECENT UPDATES about COVID-19 
Dear Friends,

We’ve all likely heard the news that, we have our first presumptive positive case(s) of COVID-19 in Jersey City.

Health & Human Services is proactively reaching out to everyone who may have had contact with the patient(s). (updated, as of 3/15, there are two confirmed cases in JC -vvpa)These are difficult times, but we’re in them together. It’s more important than ever to listen to our public health officials, to stay connected, and to look out for one another. 

The email below provides a comprehensive update on the city’s actions and how you can help. Our resources list is updated below as well. Please, please, please call or email with your questions at jsolomon@jcnj.org and 201-547-5315.In solidarity,-James

What to Do if You Feel Sick
Jersey City has set up a 24-hour hotline.  If you suspect you have been exposed to COVID-19 please call 201-547-5208 before going to a medical facility.

What Jersey City is Doing Jersey City is acting quickly to implement “social distancing” measures. I strongly support aggressive and proactive measures to reduce COVID-19’s spread. The safety of our community must come first. You can read more at the City’s official coronavirus page.

A few highlights:Jersey City Public Schools are closed next week. The Board of Ed and City officials have already put in place meal-access points at each school to ensure that no child goes without food during this time. (visit jcboe.org for more info)Jersey City Free Public

Library has closed until 3/21, but is offering a variety of Online Resources for Home Learning All City offices are accessible via call-ahead appointments only. Call 201-547-4900 to make that appointment.

Mayor Fulop issued an Executive Order cancelling all City-run public meetings and events and beginning a 10 p.m. curfew on establishments with a liquor license “in an effort to reduce large, uncontrolled crowd turnout” (see official press release).

Alternate-side street parking is suspended throughout next week, 3/16 – 3/20.All utility shut-offs suspended.

I’m advocating with State and County officials for an immediate end to evictions and foreclosures. An eviction at this time may devastate a family AND make the community less safe. I’ll be updating with ways you can get involved.

How You Can Help

Looking out for each other means doing everything in our power to slow the spread of the virus. If there is one thing we know with certainty from the examples of China, South Korea, Italy, Washington state, and other areas who’ve fought this battle, it’s that social distancing works

Please listen to our public health experts and stop crowding bars, restaurants, and public spaces. Social distancing requires us to be 6 feet apart from each other. Social distancing slows the spread of the virus down to a point that won’t overwhelm precious hospital resources. By staying home with immediate family and cancelling group events, you will save lives. Former President Barack Obama shared a fantastic resource earlier this morning on why social distancing holds out so much hope, and I’m passing it on to you here.

Check in with family, friends and neighbors on the phone and over video wherever possible.. Jersey City is no stranger to tough times, and just as we’ve pulled together before, neighbors are already mobilizing to find ways to help.

I’ve reached out to public health officials about how we can best and most safely do that for each other; meanwhile, my team continues to reach out to homeless shelters, food banks, community shelters, long-term care facilities, senior centers, small businesses, and nonprofits asking what they need. We’ll be relaying a lot of those needs to the community ASAP.

Learn More

List of Resources – Click here for live link to share.[updated March 14, 2020 at 1:30pm]Key Public Health GuidanceTo avoid overwhelming our medical facilities, and if you believe you may be infected: Call the Jersey City COVID hotline before travelling to a hospital.

The number is: 201-547-5208

Hotline Numbers

Jersey City: 201-547-5208

New Jersey: 1-800-222-1222

Reach out to Councilperson Solomon:

Reach out to jsolomon@jcnj.org or give us a call at (201) 547-5315. 

Updates

Jersey City Public Schools to close on Monday, March 16th for one week

All City-run functions are canceled through March 20th

10 p.m. curfew on establishments carrying a liquor licenseAll utility shut-offs suspended.

All city offices will be appointment-based only. To make an appointment call the office directly or call the main Jersey City line at (201) 547-4900

1st Presumptive Positive COVID-19 Test in Jersey City. ,   2nd JC Case as of 3/15/2020 

Alternate-side parking (street cleaning regulations) enforcement suspended, 3/16 – 3/20

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New Jersey News and Resources

New Jersey Department of Health Coronavirus Information Center

Jersey City News and Resources

Jersey City’s official, regularly-updated COVID-19 information page
Superintendent Walker’s Letter to Jersey City Public School Parents

National and Global Resources

World Health Organization advice for the public
Center for Disease Control’s Coronavirus FAQ
CDC Resources in Multiple Languages
World Health Organization’s COVID-19 Mythbusters 
COVID-19 Global Case Tracker

Getting Involved, Staying Connected, Learning More

Why Social Distancing Saves Lives
Harvard Medical School’s guide on how to talk to children about coronavirus
NPR Kids’ Comic Explaining the Coronavirus, available in English and Chinese
New York Times on neighborhoods pulling together
ADAA’s Tips on Managing Coronavirus Anxiety 

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