COVID-19 Update from Mayor Manzo – 3/17/2020

Mayor Lou Manzo provides regular updates on the COVID-19 crisis. This is the 3/17 update.

Dear Resident and Business Owners:

I begin this update with the inevitable news of the first confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Gloucester County. As we all knew, it was only a matter of time until that would occur. Most importantly, is our readiness to deal with the outbreak. To that end, coordination with the NJ Department of Health, our County Department of Health and Office of Emergency Management is the key to that preparedness. Some of that is detailed in the Press Release this afternoon from Gloucester County.

Locally, we continue to engage with County and State leadership on daily conference calls. Our focus is health and safety first, along with seeking information and resources for our local business owners, as they deal with this shut down. Today I want to provide you with access to some of those resources that the State and County have in place.

  1. The NJ Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) has set up a webpage that outlines the resources for companies impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak. 
  2. The Small Business Association (SBA) has stated their intent to provide Disaster Assistance Loans for impacted companies. Keep in mind that final definition of the program is still pending but is expected very shortly. You can monitor for updates. 
  3. The NJ Department of Labor (NJDOL) has set up a site to address work-related questions.
  4. The Gloucester County Board of Chosen Freeholders, Office of Emergency Response in the interest of public health and in following CDC Guidelines regarding large gatherings will be offering three Facebook Live events on March 18th at 10AM, 2PM and 6PM on the Gloucester County, Gloucester County OEM and Gloucester County EMS Facebook Pages. You do NOT need a Facebook account to view the events. (View it Here) If they do not get to your question during the Facebook Live events, please email covid19questions@co.gloucester.nj.us.
  5. For those residents that need information about Unemployment Insurance, call 856-507-2340 or go to that website.

For any needed assistance or guidance during this situation, rely on the Gloucester County Office of Economic Development as your main point of contact. You can call them directly at 856-384-6930 or via email at tbianco@co.gloucester.nj.us.

Additionally, we have been told that the Gloucester County Public Library in Mullica Hill will re-open at some point early next week to allow access to computers and the internet for those who need it. The County is finalizing the protocols so this can be done safely.

Finally, feel free to respond to this email with questions, as many of you have. We will continue to respond with answers and/or guidance as we get through this together.

Together for Harrison Township,
Lou Manzo
Your Mayor