COVID-19

The Montville Health Department, along with the other Township Departments, is monitoring this rapidly evolving situation closely. We are in regular contact with the Morris County Office of Health Management, NJ Department of Health (NJDOH), and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to ensure that accurate and timely information is being provided. 

While community spread has been observed here in New Jersey, the CDC is stating that the risk of serious health outcomes to the general public remains low. While the majority of COVID-19 patients do not experience serious outcomes, the two groups that are most at risk for serious outcomes are the elderly, and those with underlying chronic health conditions. Testing for COVID-19 is available through healthcare providers and testing sites, however, it is advised that other possible causes for symptoms, such as influenza or other viruses, are ruled out first prior to testing for COVID-19. If a COVID-19 test comes back positive, the Montville Health Department is notified through the electronic Communicable Disease Registry and Surveillance System (CDRSS), and the result is considered ’presumed positive" until it can be confirmed by the CDC laboratory. 

If you are ill and have symptoms such as fever, cough, or shortness of breath, it is recommended that you stay at home and do not attend public gatherings or go to work/school, and to call your healthcare provider.

If you are not ill and have no symptoms, practice good hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette, avoid sick people, and adhere to social distancing recommendations.

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UPDATES:

Montville Township cases, as of 3/31/20:

Current casesRecovered/cleared casesTotal cases
461258


For Morris County data broken down by municipality, please see the Morris County COVID-19 page. Please note the limitations and provisos posted under the County’s chart regarding their data. Due to a variety of factors, slight differences may occur between data on the county website and the data on municipal websites throughout the county.

For county and state data, please see the NJDOH COVID-19 Dashboard.

All appropriate precautions and protocols regarding monitoring and tracking are in place and are being followed. 

The individuals who have tested positive have been contacted by the Montville Township Health Department, are under isolation from the public, and are being continuously monitored by the Health Department as per NJDOH and CDC requirements to ensure compliance with all local, county, and state protocols and the protection of our community. 

Document (updated 3/27/20): NJ Residents with a Positive COVID-19 Test: Instructions and Next Steps

Document (updated 3/27/20): Ill NJ Residents Who Tested Negative for COVID-19: Instructions and Next Steps

Document (3/26/20): Guidance for Close or Casual Contacts of a Confirmed or Suspected Case of COVID-19

Document (3/29/20): FAQs for Close Contacts of NJ Resident with a Positive COVID-19 Test

Household contacts, or close contacts of individuals who test positive for COVID-19 will be contacted by the Montville Health Department, asked for information, and provided with instructions for quarantine and monitoring.

  • A household contact is defined as: a person who lives in the same household. 
  • A close contact is defined as: being within approximately 6 feet of a case for a prolonged period of time (for instance, caring for, living with, visiting, or sharing a healthcare waiting area or room) or having direct contact with infectious secretions of a case (such as being coughed or sneezed on), in the time period from 3 days (72 hours) prior to onset of a case’s symptoms until the beginning of isolation of the case.

Casual contacts: other persons who may have come into casual contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, for instance, being in the same indoor environment such as a lobby or office for a prolonged period of time, or walking past the person or being in the same room briefly with them, will not be contacted by the Health Department, and do not need to be under quarantine. These persons should, along with the rest of the public, continue to follow recommendations to stay home, comply with social distancing measures, maintain hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette, and monitor themselves for symptoms (fever, cough, shortness of breath). 

PLEASE NOTE: Federal and NJ State laws strictly prohibit the release to the public of private health information of any individual, including the name, address, or any other identifying information specific to those who test positive for COVID-19. The Montville Health Department acts at all times in accordance with all applicable municipal, county, state, and federal laws. 

Persons who have tested positive for COVID-19 are under isolation from the public. Persons who may have COVID-19 and who do not yet have any symptoms are not under isolation and are still able to move freely in public. Therefore, for your protection and the protection of those around you, please continue to stay home, comply with social distancing measures, frequently wash hands correctly, cough/sneeze into elbows instead of hands, and monitor yourself for symptoms. If you experience symptoms (fever, cough, difficulty breathing), please telephone your healthcare provider for guidance.

We will continue to update the public regularly regarding the status of cases within Montville Township.

03/31/20: The Morris County Office of Emergency Management has created Operation Save-a-Life, an emergency call for Registered Nurses, Licensed Practical Nurses and medical professionals who are available during this COVID-19 health crisis to sign up for paid job openings at healthcare facilities across Morris County that are in dire need of qualified medical personnel. For more information, please see the Operation Save-a-Life page of the County’s website.

03/30/20: The County of Morris, in partnership with Atlantic Health, is offering free drive-through COVID-19 testing at the County College of Morris, in Randolph. Those who wish to be tested must:

  • Be a Morris County resident 
  • Schedule an appointment 
  • Be symptomatic
  • Have a prescription from their healthcare provider for testing

For more information, please see Morris County’s COVID-19 page of their website.

03/30/20: Governor Murphy, in a press release, announced Administrative Order 2020-6, which updates and clarifications to the list of essential retail businesses that are allowed to operate.This now includes:

  • Individual appointments to view real estate with realtors by individuals or families shall be considered essential retail business. Open houses are still considered impermissible gatherings.
  • Car dealers may continue to conduct online sales or remote sales that are consistent with current law. In the event of such a sale, the car may be delivered to the purchaser or the purchaser can pick up the car curbside or in the dealership service lane.
  • In accordance with the guidance released by the federal Department of Homeland Security, effective Tuesday, March 31, at 8:00 a.m., firearms retailers are permitted to operate – by appointment only and during limited hours – to conduct business which, under law, must be done in person. The NICS background check system will be up and running to process firearms purchases.
  • Golf courses are considered recreational and entertainment businesses that must close to the public and to members associated with private golf clubs.

03/28/20: The CDC issued a Health Advisory warning the public of the risk of severe illness and/or death from using non-pharmaceutical chloroquine phosphate (a chemical used in home aquariums) to prevent and/or treat COVID-19. Pharmaceutical chloroquine, and the related compound hydroxychloroquine, should be used only under the supervision of a healthcare provider as prescribed medications. Note: there are currently no USFDA-approved drugs specifically for the treatment of patients with COVID-19. At present, clinical management includes infection prevention and control measures and supportive care.  An array of drugs approved for other indications, as well as several investigational drugs, are being studied in several hundred clinical trials that are underway across the globe.

03/27/20: Governor Murphy, in a press release on March 25th, announced that law enforcement agencies across New Jersey are strictly enforcing all state Executive Orders during the COVID-19 pandemic, and those who refuse to comply will face criminal charges. NJ Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal reiterated that first responders should not be expending their limited PPE and putting themselves at risk to break up gatherings.  

03/27/20: On Saturday, March 28, New Jersey’s two federally-supported, state-run community test sites (Bergen County and Monmouth County) will be open only to symptomatic healthcare workers and symptomatic first responders (police/fire/EMT), who must present valid credentials and proof of NJ residency. Testing for each of these dates is limited to 250 specimens maximum at each of the sites, for a total of 500 from both sites combined. 

Beginning Sunday, March 29, the two sites will begin a schedule that alternates between being open to symptomatic healthcare workers/first responders and being open to the symptomatic general public. This alternating schedule will continue until further notice:

Bergen: Public: Mondays, Wednesdays, Saturdays. Healthcare/first responders: Sundays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays.

Monmouth: Public: Sundays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays. Healthcare/first responders: Mondays, Wednesdays, Saturdays.  

Other testing sites are also available that are open to all those who are symptomatic. A list of all sites and their requirements for testing can be found at https://covid19.nj.gov.

03/26/20: Governor Murphy, in a press release, announced that President Trump has issued a Major Disaster Declaration for the State of New Jersey. “This declaration will allow us to lift remaining bureaucratic barriers to assistance and enhance our statewide response to COVID-19. I am grateful to the Administration and the Federal Emergency Management Agency for their collaboration and coordination in supporting our response and recovery efforts to COVID-19 in New Jersey.” In his request dated March 23, 2020, Governor Murphy requested two types of statewide assistance, including individual assistance, which provides assistance to individuals and households, and public assistance, which includes assistance for emergency work and the repair or replacement of disaster-damaged facilities.

03/25/20: Montville Township in a press release announced the extension until further notice of the continued cancellation of Township programs and closure to the public of Township buildings and facilities. The Health Department, with limited staff, and with protections in place for that staff, is still providing essential services to the Township, including communicable disease tracking and monitoring, ensuring Dial-A-Ride clients still have access to essential goods and services with a modified Dial-A-Ride program, and assisting the Montville Social Services Department to provide a variety of essential services to residents in need.

03/25/20: Governor Murphy, in a press release, announced Executive Order 110, directing all child care centers in New Jersey to certify by Friday, March 27, that they will solely serve as emergency child care centers for the children of essential workers. Child care centers that do not certify that they can and will exclusively care for these children of essential workers must close by Wednesday, April 1. Certification is to be submitted by licensed childcare facilities on the NJ Department of Families and Children COVID-19 page.

03/24/20: NJ State Administrative Order 2020-06 was issued, which expanded the list of essential businesses to include mobile phone retail and repair shops, bicycle shops (but only to provide service and repair), livestock feed stores, nurseries and garden centers, and farming equipment stores.

03/21/20: Atlantic Health Systems has issued a call to communities for assistance with making masks for our local AHS hospitals, including Morristown Medical Center and Chilton Medical Center, among others. The masks will be used for those in healthcare spaces who are not directly at risk for COVID-19, but still may require protection. This allows professional-level masks to be used exclusively by healthcare workers who are at higher risk. Please see this Youtube video tutorial, but be sure to use the materials specified in these mask-making instructions. A representative from Atlantic Health will pick up completed masks (details included in the written instructions).

03/21/20: Governor Murphy announced in a press release the opening of a COVID-19 Community-Based Testing Site at the PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel. Starting on Monday, March 23rd, the drive-thru testing center will be open seven days per week, beginning at 8:00 a.m. until supplies last. Gates will not open until 8:00 a.m. and individuals will not be permitted to line up along the Garden State Parkway. The PNC Bank Arts Center Commuter Lots will be closed. In order to be eligible for testing, individuals must be current New Jersey residents and experiencing symptoms of respiratory illness. Priority will be given to symptomatic individuals experiencing cough, fever (99.6F or above) and shortness of breath.

03/21/20: Governor Murphy announced in a press release he launch of the New Jersey COVID-19 Information Hub, a new, visitor-friendly website available at covid19.nj.gov. The New Jersey COVID-19 Information Hub provides New Jerseyans with the most up-to-date information about COVID-19 and the State’s response, including information about services such as food assistance and small business assistance. 

03/21/20: Governor Murphy, in a press release, announced Executive Order 107, which directs all residents to stay at home until further notice. The order provides for certain exceptions, such as obtaining essential goods or services, seeking medical attention, visiting family or close friends, reporting to work, or engaging in outdoor activities. The order also prohibits all gatherings of individuals, such as parties, celebrations, or other social events, unless otherwise authorized by the Order. When in public, individuals must practice social distancing and stay at least six feet apart whenever possible, excluding immediate family members, caretakers, household members, or romantic partners. It further directs the closure of all non-essential retail businesses to the public, with the exceptions of:

  • Grocery stores, farmer’s markets and farms that sell directly to customers, and other food stores, including retailers that offer a varied assortment of foods comparable to what exists at a grocery store;
  • Pharmacies and medical marijuana dispensaries;
  • Medical supply stores;
  • Gas stations;
  • Convenience stores;
  • Ancillary stores within healthcare facilities;
  • Hardware and home improvement stores;
  • Banks and other financial institutions;
  • Laundromats and dry-cleaning services;
  • Stores that principally sell supplies for children under five years;
  • Pet stores;
  • Liquor stores;
  • Car dealerships, but only for auto maintenance and repair, and auto mechanics;
  • Printing and office supply shops;
  • Mail and delivery stores.

03/20/20: Montville Township Mayor Frank Cooney issued a press release announcing that he has tested positive for COVID-19, and urging residents to exercise caution and follow public health recommendations to prevent the spread of the virus.

03/20/20Governor Murphy announced in a press release a list of several pieces of legislation regarding COVID-19 that he signed today.

03/20/20: NJ State Administrative Order 2020-03 was issued which ordered the state-wide closure of all municipal, county, and state public libraries, and all libraries and computer labs and public and private colleges and universities.

03/19/20: Governor Murphy announced in a press release the opening of a drive-through COVID-19 testing site in Bergen County starting Friday, 03/20/20, from 8am to 5pm daily. It will be open 7 days a week, and will remain operational until further notice. Testing at the site is limited to New Jersey residents who have COVID-19 symptoms (cough, fever of 99.6F or above, or shortness of breath). Individuals without symptoms will not be tested. Testing is free, and will be covered by the federal government or personal insurance company. Individuals are encouraged to bring insurance cards if they have one.

03/19/20: The Montville Kiwanis Food Pantry announced in a press release special hours on Saturday, March 21, 2020 for residents impacted by COVID-19Free, non-perishable care packages will be provided via curbside pickup to impacted residents at the Food Pantry at 91 Passaic Valley Road. To minimize crowding and adhere to social distancing guidelines, they ask for those residing south of Horseneck Road to arrive from 10:00am to 12:00 noon, and those residing north of Horseneck Road to arrive from 12:00 noon to 2:00pm.

03/19/20: Morris County Emergency Management Coordinator Scott DiGiralomo today issued an Order Pursuant to a Declaration of Emergency effective 8:00pm this evening, ordering the closure until further notice of all indoor public or private recreational bathing facilities, indoor recreational facilities, and all playgrounds and all playing fields, and restricting use of parks for passive recreation.

03/19/20: Governor Murphy today announced on Twitter that effective 8:00pm this evening, he is ordering the closure until further notice of all personal-care businesses which cannot comply with social distancing guidelines (including barber shops, hair salons, spas, nail salons, eyelash salons, and tattoo/body art facilities), as well as social clubs.

03/19/20: Governor Murphy today announced Executive Order 105 in a press release implementing changes to upcoming elections to further mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

03/18/20: The County of Morris issued a press release detailing adjustments to county Department of Human Services programs.

03/18/20: Montville Township issued a press release announcing that the Township has issued a proclamation of a State of Emergency in Montville Township.

03/17/20: Montville Township issued a press release regarding the first presumed positive case in Montville Township. Along with that notice, they issued a Risk Level chart received today from NJDOH, which describes various risk levels to the public based on their own health status and exposure.

03/16/20: Governor Murphy today announced Executive Order 104 in a press release that:

  • All gatherings of persons in the State of New Jersey shall be limited to 50 persons or fewer, with limited exceptions;
  • All public, private, and parochial preschool programs, and elementary and secondary schools, including charter and renaissance schools, will be closed beginning on Wednesday, March 18, 2020, and remain closed as long as the Order remains in effect;
  • Institutions of higher education will cease all in-person instruction beginning on Wednesday, March 18, 2020, and shall cease such in-person instruction as long as the Order remains in effect;
  • The Commissioner of Education shall continue working with each public, private, and parochial school to ensure students are able to continue their education through appropriate home instruction;
  • The Secretary of Agriculture and the Commissioner of Education shall take all necessary actions to ensure all students eligible for free or reduced meals will continue to receive the services necessary to meet nutritional needs during closures;
  • All casinos, concert venues, nightclubs, racetracks, gyms, fitness centers and classes, movie theaters, and performing arts centers will be closed to the public beginning on Monday, March 16, 2020 at 8:00 p.m. and remain closed as long as this Order remains in effect;
  • All other non-essential retail, recreational, and entertainment businesses must cease daily operations from 8:00 p.m. until 5:00 a.m. (examples of essential businesses excluded from this directive include grocery/food stores, pharmacies, medical supply stores, gas stations, healthcare facilities, and ancillary stores within healthcare facilities);
  • All restaurant establishments, with or without a liquor or limited brewery license, are permitted to operate under their normal business hours, but beginning after 8pm this evening 03/16/20, they are limited to offering delivery and/or take out-services only. Grocery/food stores are exempt from this directive.  

03/16/20: In an abundance of caution and concern, and to follow the lead of the Office of the Governor, which today announced Executive Order 104 in a press release which ordered closed all schools pre-K through higher education, the Montville Township Health Department issued a strong recommendation to all child care centers within Montville Township to close to the public beginning March 18, 2020 and to remain closed until such time as deemed by health officials to be safe to resume operations.

03/16/20: NJ Motor Vehicle Commission Chief Administrator Sue Fulton has announced in a press release that all NJMVC agency and road testing facilities will be closed effective immediately as a measure to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, and that they anticipate to re-open on Monday, March 30, 2020.  

03/15/20: To promote social distancing measures in response to COVID-19, use of the Montville Dog Park has been suspended effective immediately through Friday, March 27, 2020. Fob entry to the gate has been disabled, and signs have been posted on the gate.

03/14/20: The Chief Justice of the New Jersey Courts issued a press release announcing that municipal court sessions will be suspended for two weeks, starting Monday, March 16, 2020 through Friday, March 27, 2020. Individuals scheduled to appear before a municipal court to contest a traffic or parking ticket, or minor local ordinance violation, should instead await notice of a new court date. 

03/13/20: Montville Township has issued a press release regarding social distancing measures the Township is taking in response to COVID-19, including cancellation of events and meetings, modifications of some programs, and closure of some Township buildings and facilities. These measures are being taken to reduce transmission of COVID-19, primarily to prevent a surge for our healthcare systems. Please remember that although the risk of exposure to COVID-19 is high because it is a new virus and we do not have immunity to it, the risk of serious health outcomes to most of our population is low. The two groups most at risk for serious outcomes are the elderly, and the chronically ill. Let’s all do our part to protect our most vulnerable - practice good hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette as described in the flyer below, avoid sick persons, and stay home if you are feeling sick.

03/13/20: The Montville Dial-A-Ride senior transportation program has been modified until further notice in an abundance of caution to protect the two groups most vulnerable to COVID-19: the elderly and the chronically ill. Please see the Montville Dial-A-Ride page for details on these temporary modifications.

03/13/20: Montville Township Schools will be closed on Monday, March 16th for staff planning in the event of a prolonged health-related school closure. In order to promote social distancing, they will remain closed from Tuesday, March 17th through Friday March 27th. Distance learning will be in place for students during that time. All extracurricular and athletic activities are cancelled through March 27th. In addtion, the Board of Education meeting scheduled for March 17th has been cancelled. 

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RESOURCES:

As information can be subject to frequent updates, we’d like to remind the public that the most accurate and up to date information can be found at the sources listed below.

General Inquiries - websites:

NJ State COVID-19 Information Hub - a visitor-friendly website that provides New Jerseyans with the most up-to-date information about COVID-19 and the State’s response.

NJDOH COVID-19 website - information for the general public, schools, businesses, healthcare providers, public health professionals, and state employees. Questions about COVID-19 can be submitted electronically to NJDOH on this site.

CDC COVID-19 website - general information, situation updates, and information particular to specific audiences.

CDC COVID-19 Managing Stress and Anxiety website  - information on reducing stress in yourself and others, information for parents, information for responders, and information for people released from quarantine.          

General Inquiries - text alerts and phone numbers: 

Text NJCOVID to 898-211 to receive state alerts 

NJDOH 24-hour COVID-19 Public Hotline: 1-800-222-1222 for general inquiries from the public. Those in NJ using an out-of-state cell phone number can call 1-800-962-1253. The hotline is staffed 24/7 by trained professionals, in multiple languages.

NJ General COVID-19 Questions: 2-1-1 (7a-11p)

Clinical Questions: 1-800-962-1253 (24/7)

NJ Department of Human Services 24-hour "Warmline" for those seeking mental health services during this event: 1-877-294-HELP (4357). The Warmline is staffed 24/7 by trained professionals, in multiple languages.

Residents with health concerns: Please contact your healthcare provider.

Healthcare providersPlease contact the Montville Health Department at 973-331-3316.

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