Here you can find up-to-date information about the coronavirus as it affects the Hopewell Valley.
5/15 Governor announces VBM election HERE
5/14 First steps to reopen state announced HERE
5/8 Asymptomatic people can get tested HERE
5/4 Governor Murphy closes schools for the rest of the year HERE
5/2 HoVal towns consider extending property tax payment deadline HERE
4/30 County parks reopen HERE
4/30 From the Towns
4/29 NJ State parks reopen HERE
4/29 HVRSD cancels kindergarten camp HERE
4/23 HV Health officer answers questions HERE
4/20 HT Public Works Director details COVID-19 measures HERE
4/16 Governor Murphy keeps schools closed HERE
4/12 Julie Blake updates COVID-19 effect on Hopewell Township HERE
4/10 Hopewell Borough Mayor reviews tips for health and safety HERE
4/8 Governor Murphy waives testing for graduating seniors: HERE
4/8 NJ Spotlight.com article on what’s open and what’s closed HERE
4/7/20 Governor closes State parks. Mercer County parks and Hopewell Borough park playground were closed previously. https://mercerme.com/new-jersey-closes-state-parks-and-forests/
4/6/20 Stephanie Carey, current Public Health Officer for all 3 municipalities in the Hopewell Valley, recently made the following recommendations regarding wearing masks: https://www.hopewelltwp.org/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=257
4/5/20 Deputy Mayor Michael Ruger talks about social distancing
4/5/20 Local group makes masks, seeks donations here
4/3/20 HT Committee Member Courtney Peters-Manning encourages residents to get outside
4/1 Hopewell Township Mayor McLaughlin and Committee Member Julie Blake update Township positive test numbers here
4/1 NJ State income tax filing deadline extended to 7/15.
4/1 Hopewell Township Committee member Julie Blake talks about mental health resources during the pandemic here
3/31 Hopewell Borough Mayor Anzano updates residents on closures and resources and Councilman Ryan Kennedy describes restaurants that are open and how to contact them. Here
3/29 HT Deputy Mayor Michael Ruger talks about how to get information and ways to help during the pandemic. Here
3/29 CDC issues travel advisory for New Jersey https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/travel-in-the-us.html
3/28 From Assemblywoman Verlina Reynolds-Jackson: “Hello all…here is your latest COVID-19 update (3/28/20)
New cases NJ 2289
New cases Mercer 36
Total cases NJ 11,124
Total cases Mercer 168
New Deaths NJ 32
New Deaths Mercer 0
Total Deaths NJ 140
“Total Deaths Mercer 0
Hunterdon County Positives – 52, an increase of 7 from 3/27/20.|
There have been 29,822 tests administered and 10,436 tests have come back positive for a rate of 34.9%. Not good…PLEASE STAY HOME if going out is not ESSENTIAL!!
‘The State of New Jersey has put in place an agreement with several mortgage lenders that provides for mortgage payment grace period of 90 days. This is very important particularly to people who have a payment due on April 1st. Please check with your individual lending institutions to see if they are a part of this agreement or you can check by logging into…covid19.nj.gov. This agreement also protects home buyers from a credit downgrade. Foreclosures and evictions of home buyers are protected for 60 days. Renters are protected by a previous Executive Order.
‘In addition, friends let’s be smart and responsible. Having a party of 47 people and a DJ, like the one that was broken up in Ewing Twp. is just STUPID. Thank you to the Ewing Twp. Police Dept and Mercer County Prosecutors office for taking care of this issue. If you are not going to be considerate of your own health, be considerate of the lives of others.
‘I would like to send out a special thank you to Health Care workers, First Responders and ALL essential workers who are providing much needed services at this time.
‘Stay at home, stop the spread, save lives!!!’
3/28 Mercer County opens drive through testing center at Quakerbridge. Story here
3/27 Hopewell Township Mayor McLaughlin’s update video https://mercerme.com/mayor-mclaughlin-updates-status-of-hopewell-township-and-available-resources/ (In the video, the Mayor notes there are 13 known positive COVID-19 cases in Hopewell Township).
3/27 From Assemblywoman Verlina Reynolds-Jackson
“Hello all…here is your COVID-19 update for 3/27/20
Positive Test – 8825 an increase of 1982 from 3/26/20
Deaths – 108, an increase of 27 from 3/26/20
Mercer County Positives – 129, an increase of 18 from 3/26/20
Hunterdon County Positives – 45, an increase of 11 from 3/26/20
Stay at home, stop the spread, save lives!!!’
3/26 Hopewell Township Committee provides updates and resources https://mercerme.com/hopewell-township-committee-updates-community-on-covid-19-status/
3/26 From Pennington Borough’s website penningtonboro.org: “Message from Mayor Lawver – As of March 25th, Pennington Borough’s Health Officer, Stephanie Carey, has confirmed that one borough resident has tested positive for COVID-19. As the virus strikes closer to home, I want to remind you that the best way to protect yourself and your family, and to minimize the spread of the virus is to follow Governor Phil Murphy’s “Stay at Home Executive Order. Specifically, the Order calls for all residents to stay at home unless doing essential shopping, seeking medical services, going to essential work that cannot be done remotely, or exercising; to practice social distancing when out of the home; to avoid public transportation; and avoid gatherings of 10 or more.
Furthermore, I recommend that you all read and follow the CDC’s guidelines on “How to Protect Yourself.” Please be extremely careful and take care of yourself and your family. “
3/25 Hopewell Township Public Health Officer shares guidelines for social distancing: http://www.hopewelltwp.org/civicalerts.aspx?AID=246
3/25 The Board of Public Utilities has sent a letter to all water companies asking them to voluntarily suspend water shut-off notices. If they do not do it voluntarily the Governor will issue an Executive Order preventing water shut-off. (Source: Assemblywoman Verlina Reynolds-Jackson Facebook page.)
3/25 Where is the coronavirus in New Jersey (as of yesterday) https://www.nj.com/coronavirus/2020/03/where-is-the-coronavirus-in-nj-map-update-on-county-by-county-cases-march-24-2020.html
3/25 State launches website to find out the truth about Covid-19. https://mercerme.com/new-jersey-launches-website-for-covid-19-rumor-control/
3/24 State of New Jersey granted federal waiver to cancel all standardized testing schedule for spring 2020. https://www.nj.gov/education/broadcasts/2020/mar/24/New%20Jersey%20Cancels%20Statewide%20Student%20Assessments.pdf?fbclid=IwAR3kP-Ptfk5fzp4cZyvRSTFx_J8DL998nP_RvyDtcId6u0uB6rv3XqgPp1Y
3/24 Governor suspends elective surgeries https://www.insidernj.com/press-release/governor-murphy-suspends-elective-surgeries-invasive-procedures-preserve-essential-equipment-hospital-capacity/
3/23: From Hopewell Township: In an effort to keep our employees safe and implementing social distancing within Hopewell Township work vehicles the following modifications are required to the HT Dept. of Public Works schedule. Thank you for your patience during these unusual times.
3/21 Governor Murphy orders everyone to stay home. https://mercerme.com/governor-murphy-orders-everyone-to-stay-home/
3/21 HVRSD opens mobile food pantry https://mercerme.com/hvrsd-and-partners-open-mobile-food-pantry/?fbclid=IwAR3ZWqXZCsLM9EKhiyfnMuEzUcgxzvTC4lu22XKVsLAXpSsnIVw-k9AfHUs
3/20 College of NJ assistant history professor tests positive for Coronavirus https://www.nj.com/coronavirus/2020/03/tcnj-professor-tests-positive-for-coronavirus.html
3/19 Hopewell Township updates and resources https://mercerme.com/from-the-towns-covid-19-updates-and-resources-from-hopewell-township/
3/18 Timberlane teacher tests positive for coronavirus https://mercerme.com/covid-19-in-hopewell-twp-middle-school-teacher-infected-after-school-closure/
3/18 (Update – DOH closed the testing centers) Drive through coronavirus testing centers open in Mercer County https://mercerme.com/two-drive-through-coronavirus-testing-centers-are-open-in-mercer-county/
3/16 NJ Park open spaces remain available to the public but indoor sites are closed. https://mercerme.com/open-spaces-at-nj-state-parks-remain-open/
3/16 Governor Murphy Closes Schools, Workplaces, NonEssential Businesses – MercerMe coverage
3/15 What is social distancing, anyway? See this link.
3/14 Hopewell Residents share resources. Sign up by clicking here.
NEW JERSEY DRIVERS: Due to the #COVID19 outbreak, and to protect public health, New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission will automatically extend expiration dates by TWO MONTHS for driver’s licenses, registrations, and inspection stickers expiring in March, April, and May. For more info, see this link.
3/13 Planet Princeton reports first presumptive positive test in Princeton. See this link.
3/13 Mercer County Library – Hopewell Branch suspends programming
3/13 HVRSD goes to remote learning for the rest of March – MercerMe coverage
3/13 NEWS ALERT – The Cinderella Musical at Central High School scheduled for March 13 and 14 has been cancelled. If you ordered your tickets online you may obtain a refund at: www.showtix4u.com.
3/13 Hopewell Township closes municipal building to visitors and cancels meetings and activities https://mercerme.com/hopewell-township-closes-municipal-building-and-cancels-activities/
3/13 Arts council cancels all March activities.
3/12 HVRSD Schools early dismissal March 13 – see text below
3/12 County Executive Brian Hughes declares State of Emergency: https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/NJMERCER/bulletins/2805bf2
3/12 Governor Murphy says public gatherings of more than 250 people should be cancelled. See this link.
3/12 MercerMe post listing resources, updates, and closures – MercerMe coverage
3/9 Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman talks with a doctor about what to do to protect yourself against COVID-19. Link here.