Vernon Township Mayor’s Updated Statement on the Coronavirus

Posted: March 18, 2020

During each of my communications concerning this Coronavirus crisis that our municipality, our county, our state, our nation and the world is currently enduring, I have committed to you that I would keep you informed—it’s my way of fulfilling my responsibility to do all that I can to the residents of Vernon safe.

It is with regret that in this communication I must inform you that for the first time in Sussex County, two individuals have been confirmed to have the Coronavirus. And, one of those individuals is a Vernon Township resident.

This information came to me today at about 3:15 p.m. from the Sussex County Health Department. For understandable privacy health reasons, the information that I was given was limited. What I know is that the individual is a 53-year-old male who has been self-quarantined for the past seven days, and he remains self-quarantined. He started this self-quarantining process after he was exposed to another individual at his job (outside of the county) who had been confirmed as having the virus. The county obtained the results of his Coronavirus test from his health care provider.

Our town government does not have, nor do we seek, any contact or other information concerning this individual; all contact and/or information concerning this or any other Coronavirus case will be through the Sussex County Health Department.

At this point in time, you know all that I know. Let’s continue safe practices and to look out for each other; I will continue to keep you appropriately informed.   

Howard L. Burrell, Mayor