Vernon Township Mayor’s Updated Statement on the Coronavirus

Posted: March 24, 2020

Vernon Family, the number of reported Coronavirus cases throughout our nation and our state is rising quickly. There is both increased and ongoing spread in most communities.

During today’s 4:00 p.m. phone conference call between the Sussex County Health Department and Sussex County mayors, we were advised that there are seven new confirmed Coronavirus cases in Sussex County, which increases our county’s total number from 15 to 22. The seven new confirmed cases are in Branchville, Hamburg, Stanhope, Frankford and Hardyston with one each; and Sparta with two. There is still only one confirmed case in our town.

However, we should not become overconfident or complacent in terms of our practice of behaviors that have been proven to flatten the Coronavirus curve by preventing/limiting its spread—i.e., practicing social distancing, avoiding large crowds and gatherings, practicing good hand hygiene and staying home if we are sick.

Due to the limited number of Coronavirus test kits, health officials have recommended that individuals with no Coronavirus symptoms not be tested. Additionally, they recommend that individuals with mild symptoms stay home if they are sick, and follow the guidance of their health care provider.

If any Vernon resident or other member of the public has Coronavirus related questions, you can contact the Sussex County Division of Health COVID-19 Hotline at 973.579.9488 to speak with a Sussex County Division of Health staff member or a Sussex County Medical Reserve Corp volunteer. The hotline’s hours of operation are Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Vernon residents can find additional information at the Sussex County Coronavirus website.

While chance plays some part in all of our lives, history has proven that it’s CHOICE, and not simple chance, that is the primary influencing force in our lives. Let’s continue to make the kind of good, smart, safe and healthy CHOICES that will contribute to our town, our county, our state, our nation and the world ending this Coronavirus crisis!

Howard L. Burrell, Mayor