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April 30, 2020 6:00 AM

A message from Mayor Onderko 4/30/2020

April 30, 2020
A message from Mayor Richard M. Onderko:
By now most of our residents are adjusting to this strange new “stay at home lifestyle” as we fight the coronavirus pandemic. I am pleased that the health guidelines put in place are being followed by our residents. However, it is a little troubling to see our confirmed cases continue to hold steady week over week here in Manville and in Somerset County.

I plan on doing weekly updates from here on out to keep everyone informed the best we can. One of the biggest challenges faced in this pandemic has been dealing with the vast amount of information being provided daily at all levels of government and how best to get the information out to our residents. Our social media sites, Nixle alerts and our Borough’s website will continue to be utilized and updated regularly.

For the last four weeks in April, we had 19, 29, 15 and 19 cases reported in Manville with 10 more reported so far this week for 101 cases in total as of April 29th. Unfortunately, 2 of our residents have died from the virus. Please keep all those affected by this virus in your thoughts and prayers.

There has been lots of concerns over unemployment benefits. There is a new website called, www.myunemployment.nj.gov. Hopefully, it is up and operational. If you have any concerns or questions related to this crisis, please email boroinfo@manvillenj.org and someone will get back to you. We are here to help in any way we can.

The coronavirus does not move itself; people move it. That is why it is important to abide by the stay at home executive order to help stop the spread and only visit stores for essential items. Please wear a mask when out in public and remember to wash your hands often. Social distancing must be practiced, and it looks like social distancing will remain in effect for the rest of this year.

Governor Murphy has recently stated we are still several weeks away before some businesses can reopen. We must commit to doing our part to “flatten the curve” downward so things can begin to get back to normal sooner than later. Also, please help Manville by filing your 2020 Census response if you have not done so. Future federal and state aid amounts depend on an accurate count of the number of residents living in Manville.

Be well and stay safe.

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