Vernon Township Mayor’s Updated Statement on the Coronavirus

Posted: March 29, 2020

Vernon Family, I communicate to you for the second day in a row with news that probably does not surprise you—as it does not surprise me. The news is that I have just been informed by the Sussex County Health Department that on today, March 29, 2020, three new COVID-19 cases have been confirmed in Vernon Township. These cases are a 46-year-old male, a 49-year-old male, and a 63-year-old female.

These new cases bring our town’s total up to 11.

As I said, these new cases do not surprise me, because COVID-19 has been spreading with exponential growth throughout the United States; in fact, our country now has the largest number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the world.

Until I see scientific/medical evidence that we as a town, a county, a state and a nation have:

  • Drastically slowed the rate of spread of this virus;
  • Dealt with our nation’s dire shortages of medical and personal protection supplies, as well as supplies/equipment needed to adequately diagnose this COVID-19 virus; and…
  • Prepared our health care system to deal with the current and on-coming surges in COVID-19 patients;

I will not relax the one tool that has proven to reduce/prevent the spread of this virus—i.e., SOCIAL DISTANCING—nor will I be patient or forgiving of those who blatantly, arrogantly and/or uncaringly ignore this practice in our township.

This is a crisis, and not a joke, and we should all start acting with an understanding of that fact.

I know and understand that we feel like this coronavirus has taken away many of the choices we have in the way that we live. However, there are two primary choices that we always have in life; and those are to either accept conditions as they exist, or accept the responsibility for changing them.

Let’s accept the responsibility for changing the spread of this virus by practicing social distancing, avoiding large crowds and gatherings, practicing good hand hygiene, and staying home if we are sick. KEEP THE FAITH!

Howard L. Burrell, Mayor