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Nationally, the number of new COVID-19 infections has risen dramatically. COVID-19 infections, hospitalizations & deaths in NJ are rising but the hospitalizations & deaths are in lower proportion to infections, than what was experienced earlier this year.
Cooler weather, increased indoor activities, second waves of COVID outbreaks overseas, pandemic fatigue and increased levels of testing are contributing to the increasing numbers.
The rate of transmission has been fluctuating in recent weeks between 1.16 and 1.60. Anything above 1.0 is considered concerning. The higher the number, the greater the risk of viral spread throughout the community. This rate has consistently averaged above 1.0 over the last several weeks.
While COVID activity had been particularly better in the Northeast and Northwest regions of the State, these regions have now joined the rest of the State by moving from low COVID activity (green) to moderate COVID activity (yellow). Statewide, COVID activity has been slowly but consistently increasing, including in Morris County. However, it should be noted that approximately half of the other NJ counties are experiencing more COVID activity than in Morris County. Within all of the Pequannock Health Department’s jurisdictions, the number of new cases has been steadily increasing. While these aren’t necessarily sharp increases, the increases are pronounced and trending upward. It has gradually become a different situation than the very low activity we enjoyed over the past several months.
Please see the link below for the NJ Regional COVID Activity Report and Diagram through October 17th and the links to the Morris County Health Department COVID Websites:
NJ Regional COVID Activity Report
Morris County Health Department
The latest COVID-19 relevant Executive Orders that were issued, are as follows:
Executive Order No. 181 Allows Gyms, Indoor Amusement and Water Parks
Effective 6:00 a.m. on Tuesday, September 1, 2020 “Health clubs,” as defined by N.J.S.A. 56:8-39, which include gyms and fitness centers, as well as amusement and water parks, can open their indoor premises as of 6:00 a.m. on Tuesday, September 1, 2020, provided that such businesses adopt policies that include, at minimum, the following requirements:
Executive Order No. 183 Allows Indoor Dining and Performance and Entertainment Venues
Effective at 6:00 a.m. on Friday, September 4, 2020, restaurants, cafeterias, dining establishments, and food courts, with or without a liquor license, bars, and all other holders of a liquor license with retail consumption privileges, collectively referred to as “food or beverage establishments,” are permitted to offer in-person service at indoor areas, provided that the establishment complies with the following requirements:
Effective at 6:00 a.m. on September 4, 2020, entertainment centers where performances are viewed or given, including movie theaters, performing arts centers, and other concert venues, may open their indoor spaces to the public with the following requirements:
Executive Order No. 187 Allows the Resumption of Certain Indoor and Outdoor Sports Activities
Effective October 12, 2020, non-contact practices, contact practices, and competitions for sports defined as “Low Risk”, “Medium Risk”, and “High Risk” by DOH’s “Guidance for Sports Activities” are permitted in both outdoor and indoor settings. All activities referenced in this Paragraph are subject to the “Guidance for Sports Activities” issued by the Commissioner of the DOH, and such activities must comply with all applicable laws, regulations, and Executive Orders, including restrictions on recreational and entertainment businesses.
No-contact practices, contact practices, and competitions that are conducted indoors are subject to the current indoor gathering limit of 25% of the capacity of the room in which it takes place, with such limit not to exceed 25 persons or be smaller than 10 persons. However, if the number of individuals who are necessary for a non-contact practice, contact practice, or competition, such as players, coaches, and referees, is greater than 25 persons, such a non-contact practice, contact practice, or competition may proceed, as long as no individuals are present who are not necessary for the no-contact practice, practice, or competition, such as spectators. If this exception applies, the number of individuals at such an indoor gathering still may not exceed 25% of the capacity of the room in which it takes place, and such limit may not exceed 150 persons.
NOTE- Other restrictions may be applicable for the activities specified in the above mentioned Executive Orders. For additional information, please refer to the entire content of Executive Orders and Executive Directives at the links below.
Executive Orders from Governor Murphy