COVID-19 CASES REPORTED IN HAMILTON TOWNSHIP AS OF 4/9/2020:

259 TOTAL POSITIVE CASES

7 DEATHS

47 RECOVERIES

 

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4/9/2020

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update

  

As of April 9th, Mercer County has 1,161 positive cases of COVID-19. All active cases are either at home self-isolating or admitted to the hospital. Contact tracing is underway by our Health Department for any new case and continuing on the remaining ones where needed. 

 

Remind everyone in your household of the importance of practicing everyday preventive actions that can help prevent the spread:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue.
  • Clean frequently touched surfaces and objects daily (e.g., tables, counters, light switches, doorknobs, and cabinet handles) using a regular household detergent and water.

 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends wearing cloth face coverings

in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies), especially in areas of significant community-based transmission. It is critical to emphasize that maintaining 6-feet social distancing remains important to slowing the spread of the virus.  



The cloth face coverings recommended are not surgical masks or N-95 respirators.  Those are critical supplies that must continue to be reserved for healthcare workers and other medical first responders, as recommended by current CDC guidance. Cloth face coverings fashioned from household items or made at home from common materials at low cost can be used as an additional, voluntary public health measure. 

For more information visit our website or covid19.nj.gov

 

Township Meeting Updates 

 

Week of April 13-17

 

Monday - April 13th 

 

The Cultural Affairs & Performing Arts Advisory Commission Meeting is cancelled. 

 



Tuesday - April 14th 

 

The Planning Board Meeting will be held remotely beginning at 1pm. Details on how to call in can be found by clicking here

 

The Zoning Board of Adjustment Meeting is cancelled. 

 

New Jersey Imposes Additional Requirements on Essential Businesses to Limit the Spread of COVID-19

 

Yesterday, Governor Phil Murphy signed Executive Order No. 122,  imposing additional mitigation requirements on essential retail businesses and industries. The order outlines specific protections and policies for all essential retail, manufacturing and warehousing businesses, as well as businesses engaged in essential construction projects. 

 

Governor Murphy’s executive order directs the following:

 

1. Essential retail businesses that are still permitted to operate under Executive Order No. 107 (2020) must adopt the following policies:

  • Limit occupancy at 50 percent of the stated maximum store capacity, if applicable, at one time;
  • Establish hours of operation, wherever possible, that permit access solely to high-risk individuals, as defined by the CDC;
  • Install a physical barrier, such as a shield guard, between customers and cashiers/baggers wherever feasible or otherwise ensure six feet of distance between those individuals, except at the moment of payment and/or exchange of goods;
  • Require infection control practices, such as regular hand washing, coughing and sneezing etiquette, and proper tissue usage and disposal;
  • Provide employees break time for repeated handwashing throughout the workday; 
  • Arrange for contactless pay options, pickup, and/or delivery of goods wherever feasible.  Such policies shall, wherever possible, consider populations that do not have access to internet service;
  • Provide sanitization materials, such as hand sanitizer and sanitizing wipes, to staff and customers;
  • Require frequent sanitization of high-touch areas like restrooms, credit card machines, keypads, counters and shopping carts;
  • Place conspicuous signage at entrances and throughout the store, if applicable, alerting staff and customers to the required six feet of physical distance;
  • Demarcate six feet of spacing in check-out lines to demonstrate appropriate spacing for social distancing;
  • Require workers and customers to wear cloth face coverings while on the premises, except where doing so would inhibit that individual’s health or where the individual is under two years of age, and require workers to wear gloves when in contact with customers or goods. Businesses must provide, at their expense, such face coverings and gloves for their employees. If a customer refuses to wear a cloth face covering for non-medical reasons and if such covering cannot be provided to the individual by the business at the point of entry, then the business must decline entry to the individual, unless if the business is providing medication, medical supplies, or food, in which case the business policy should provide alternate methods of pickup and/or delivery of such goods. Nothing in the stated policy should prevent workers or customers from wearing a surgical-grade mask or other more protective face covering if the individual is already in possession of such equipment, or if the business is otherwise required to provide such worker with more protective equipment due to the nature of the work involved.  Where an individual declines to wear a face covering on store premises due to a medical condition that inhibits such usage, neither the essential retail business nor its staff shall require the individual to produce medical documentation verifying the stated condition. 

For a copy of Executive Order 122, click here

 

New Jersey Primary Date Now 

July 7th, 2020 

 



Governor Phil Murphy signed Executive Order No. 120 yesterday, postponing primary elections on Tuesday, June 2nd to Tuesday, July 7th in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.  This includes primaries for President, the U.S. Senate, the U.S. House of Representatives, and county and municipal elections, as well as county committee elections.  

 

The Order also states that all deadlines for meeting statutory requirements for a primary election that are currently scheduled to occur after April 11 will be calculated using the July 7, 2020 primary election date.  This would not affect any deadlines that 1) have already passed, such as the filing deadline for candidate petitions for the primary election, or 2) will pass prior to April 11.  The only exception is the deadline for change of party affiliation declaration forms to be filed, which is currently scheduled for April 8 and will move to May 13.

 

Additionally, independent candidate petitions will be due by 4:00 p.m. on July 7, 2020, and the electronic signature and submission requirements that were set forth in Executive Order No. 105 for primary candidates will be extended to these independent candidate petitions.

 

To read Executive Order 120 in full click here

 

Helpful Contacts & Other Information

 

Questions or Concerns Regarding COVID-19?

Call 2-1-1

Text "NJCOVID" to 898-211

Text your zip code to 898-211 for live text assistance

Visit Covid19.nj.gov



Coping with Stress

If you're feeling stressed, anxious or depressed due to COVID-19, please call New Jersey's Mental Health Hotline at 877-294-HELP (4357) or visit njmentalhealthcares.orgfor emotional support, guidance, and mental health referrals as needed. 

 

You also may call the SAMHSA Disaster Distress Helpline at 1-800-985-5990 or Text TalkWithUs to 66746 (TTY 1-800-846-8517).



Looking for Employment During COVID-19?

The State of New Jersey has developed a centralized resource to match talent with opportunities in industries on the front lines of serving New Jerseyans during the outbreak. Did you lose your job or have your hours reduced as a result of COVID-19? Businesses across New Jersey need thousands of workers for immediate hire. Learn more about who is hiring in your community here:

https://jobs.covid19.nj.gov/  

 

The State has also created a special intake tool for employers seeking to have openings posted on the portal. Employers can access the intake tool directly via 

jobs.covid19.nj.gov/intake 

 

Stay Home. Stay Healthy.



Help stop the spread of germs by remembering to wash your hands and practice social distancing. Please also continue to check on the elderly and anyone else you believe might need a helping hand. Where possible we urge everyone to continue to support our local businesses and merchants.  By working together to flatten the curve we will prevail, we are....

#HamiltonProud

4/8/2020

One TEAM

   

In times of great stress and difficulty, we come together, showing there is good in the world.

During COVID-19 we've heard of the Tramos Family who started a Go Fund Me account to financially help others in this time of need (Learn more here); and 6th grade Crockett student, Kamryn Mooney, who is taking up a collection of masks and goggles for doctors, nurses and rehabs (Read the article here); some have taken to sewing masks for those in need; while a number of residents have also donated to various restaurants who in turn are delivering food to healthcare workers and our at risk populations too.

If you know of anyone who deserves a moment of praise for all that they are doing to help us win the war, here is your chance... share what makes us #HamiltonProud by emailing mayor@hamiltonnj.com 

 

We are all one TEAM because 

Together Everyone Achieves More

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update





As of April 8th, Mercer County has 992 positive cases of COVID-19. All active cases are either at home self-isolating or admitted to the hospital. Contact tracing is underway by our Health Department for any new case and continuing on the remaining ones where needed. 

 

Remind everyone in your household of the importance of practicing everyday preventive actions that can help prevent the spread:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue.
  • Clean frequently touched surfaces and objects daily (e.g., tables, counters, light switches, doorknobs, and cabinet handles) using a regular household detergent and water.

 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies), especially in areas of significant community-based transmission. It is critical to emphasize that maintaining 6-feet social distancing remains important to slowing the spread of the virus.  



The cloth face coverings recommended are not surgical masks or N-95 respirators.  Those are critical supplies that must continue to be reserved for healthcare workers and other medical first responders, as recommended by current CDC guidance. Cloth face coverings fashioned from household items or made at home from common materials at low cost can be used as an additional, voluntary public health measure. 

For more information visit our website or covid19.nj.gov

 

New Jersey WIC Announces New Food Substitutions 

 

In response to COVID-19, WIC is allowing additional substitutions to food purchases, effective immediately and until further notice. 

 

WIC services are now available by phone. If you have any questions or want to apply for WIC, call your local agency by visiting the New Jersey Department of Health website

NJ DOT Advisory - I-295N to I-195E Ramp To Be Closed for Several Nights

New Jersey Department of Transporation (NJDOT) officials today announced several nights of overnight closures and detours of the I-295 northbound ramp to I-195 eastbound beginning tonight in Hamilton, Mercer County.

 

Beginning at 9 p.m. tonight, Wednesday, April 8 until 6 a.m. the next day, Thursday, April 9, and continuing nightly through Saturday night, April 11, NJDOT’s contractor PKF Mark III, will close and detour the I-295 northbound ramp to I-195 eastbound.  The ramp to Route 29/Route 129 northbound will remain open.  The following signed detour will be in place:

 

I-295 north to I-195 east detour

  •        Motorists wishing to travel eastbound on I-195 should take Exit 60 towards Route 29 north/Route 129 north
  •        Keep left and continue on Route 29 northbound towards Trenton
  •        Stay in the right lane and take the exit for South Lamberton Road/Duck Island
  •        Take the ramp for Route 29 south/I-195/I-295
  •        Continue on I-195 eastbound

The precise timing of the work is subject to change due to weather or other factors. Motorists are encouraged to check NJDOT’s traffic information website www.511nj.orgfor construction updates and real-time travel information and for NJDOT news follow on Twitter @NJDOT_info or on the NJDOT Facebook page

Mercer County Accepting Home Energy Assistance Applications 

Mercer County Executive Brian M. Hughes advises residents that the Mercer County Office of Housing and Community Development, located in the County Administration Building at 640 South Broad St. in Trenton, remains closed due to the COVID-19 public health crisis. This includes the Low Income Heating Assistance and USF programs. 

However, the County will continue to receive applications during this time by regular mail, fax or email. This includes new applications, re-certifications, cooling and emergency oil requests. Emergency utility assistance (gas/electric) can also be requested by calling 211.

If you are seeking assistance for a pending electric or gas shutoff notice, termination of service by all utility companies will be suspended during the period of COVID-19. Therefore, no utility customer in New Jersey is in jeopardy of termination of service. PSE&G and JCP&L have suspended all shutoffs in Mercer County during this crisis.

Applications, forms and information can be accessed on the Housing and Community Development programs page on the Mercer County website.

Applications can be sent by regular mail, fax or email to:

County of Mercer County 
Attention: LIHEAP/USF Programs
640 S. Broad St., Room 106
P.O. Box 8068
Trenton, NJ 08650-0068
Fax: 609-278-2758
Email address: housing@mercercounty.org

Please continue checking www.mercercounty.org for additional updates and changes. 

Student Assessment Requirements for 2019-2020 School Year Waived

   

Yesterday, Governor Phil Murphy signed Executive Order No. 117, which waives 2019-2020 statutory school year assessment requirements for eighth grade students and twelfth grade students who have not yet met the graduation assessment requirement due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.  


The executive order waives the graduation assessment requirement for 12th grade students who have not yet met the assessment requirement and planned to submit a portfolio appeal. These students no longer have to submit such an appeal in order to graduate. Approximately 13,000 students were expected to submit portfolio appeals this year. 

The order also waives the statutory requirement that a statewide assessment be administered to all 8th grade students to assess progress toward mastery of graduation proficiency standards. Additionally, the order prohibits the use of student growth data as an evaluation tool for educators and waives the statutory requirement of three observations and evaluations for all non-tenured teaching staff for the 2019-2020 school year. 

Executive Order No. 117 follows the federal government's waiver on March 24, 2020 of a federal requirement that New Jersey administer annual statewide assessments. After the federal waiver was granted, Governor Murphy announced that all statewide assessments in New Jersey would be cancelled for the 2020 spring testing window.

To read Executive Order No. 117, click here.

 

4/7/2020

State, County, and Hamilton Municipal Parks to Close Effective 8pm Tonight



In regards to the Governor's decision to close all State and County parks beginning at 8pm tonight, April 7th, please see the below message from Mayor Martin:



As a result of today's announcement by the Governor that he is closing all State and County parks as of 8pm tonight, I have ordered all municipal parks closed as of 8pm tonight.  This order pertains not only to Veteran's and Sayen park but all "neighborhood" parks as well. 

 

While I wanted all parks to remain open, I am concerned that if our parks remain open, they would not be able to safely handle the additional visitors.  It would put your safety, and the safety of our parks employees, in jeopardy and I cannot take that chance.

 

Please continue to keep up your social and physical distancing, washing your hands, and abiding by all CDC recommendations.  By all of us working together, we will get through this together.  You all continue to make me #HamiltonProud!

 

For more information and to read the Executive Order click here. 

 

A Special Message to the Children of Hamilton Township

Don't forget about our Virtual Easter Egg Roll! Send us pictures and videos of your at-home Egg Roll to mayor@hamiltonnj.com, and post on social media using #HamiltonEasterEggRoll #HamiltonProud

 

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update 

 

As of April 7th, Mercer County has 837 positive cases of COVID-19. All are either at home self-isolating or admitted to the hospital. Contact tracing is underway by our Health Department for any new case and continuing on the remaining ones where needed. 

 

Remind everyone in your household of the importance of practicing everyday preventive actions that can help prevent the spread:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue.
  • Clean frequently touched surfaces and objects daily (e.g., tables, counters, light switches, doorknobs, and cabinet handles) using a regular household detergent and water.

For more information visit our website or covid19.nj.gov

 

 

State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) in Mercer County Open Virtually for Business 

  

Support Nurses and Midwives - World Health Day 2020

 

April 7th, 2020 is the day to celebrate the work of nurses and midwives and remind world leaders of the critical role they play in keeping the world healthy. Nurses and other health workers are at the forefront of COVID-19 response - providing high quality, respectful treatment and care, leading community dialogue to address fears and questions and, in some instances,  collecting data for clinical studies. 

 

In this International Year of the Nurse and the Midwife, World Health Day will highlight the current status of nursing and around the world. WHO and its partners will make a series of recommendations to strengthen of the nursing and midwifery workforce.



This will be vital if we are to achieve national and global targets related to universal health coverage, maternal and child health, infectious and non-communicable diseases including mental health, emergency preparedness and response, patient safety and the delivery of integrated, people-centered care, amongst others.

 

On behalf of all Hamilton Township residents, thank you for all that you do. You make us #HamiltonProud today and every day. 

 

4/6/2020

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update

As of April 6th, Mercer County has 740 positive cases of COVID-19. All are either at home self-isolating or admitted to the hospital. Contact tracing is underway by our Health Department for any new case and continuing on the remaining ones where needed.  

Remind everyone in your household of the importance of practicing everyday preventive actions that can help prevent the spread:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue.
  • Clean frequently touched surfaces and objects daily (e.g., tables, counters, light switches, doorknobs, and cabinet handles) using a regular household detergent and water.

For more information visit our website or covid19.nj.gov

Save Your Pipes Don't Flush Those Wipes... or Masks... or Gloves!

The only product that should be flushed is toilet paper which is designed to disintegrate as it passes through our sewer lines. Other materials cause blockages in your homes pipes and can lead to issues for your entire neighborhood or the sewer system as a whole. Flushing wipes, masks, gloves and more can lead to costly repairs and unpleasant clean ups for you at home. 

Township Information & Reminders

 

Hamilton Township Council Meeting

Tuesday night's Town Council Meeting will be conducted via audio conference.

All rules and regulations that govern Council meetings are still applicable, and there will be opportunity for public comment. Please find detailed instructions on how to join the call below:

Reminder that this Friday, April 10th Township Offices are CLOSED in observation of Good Friday.

Department of Labor Introduces  New Schedule for Claiming Benefits

Beginning the week of April 6th, the New Jersey Department of Labor has introduced a new schedule for claiming and certifying benefits based on the last 4 digits of the claimant's social security number. Please see this revised schedule below:

If you are filing a new claim or reopening an existing claim, you can do so online at anytime.

Helpful Contacts & Other Information 

Questions or Concerns Regarding COVID-19?

Call 2-1-1

Text "NJCOVID" to 898-211

Text your zip code to 898-211 for live text assistance

Visit Covid19.nj.gov


Coping with Stress

If you're feeling stressed, anxious or depressed due to COVID-19, please call New Jersey's Mental Health Hotline at 877-294-HELP (4357) or visit njmentalhealthcares.org for emotional support, guidance, and mental health referrals as needed. 

You also may call the SAMHSA Disaster Distress Helpline at 1-800-985-5990 or Text TalkWithUs to 66746 (TTY 1-800-846-8517).

Looking for Employment During COVID-19?

The State of New Jersey has developed a centralized resource to match talent with opportunities in industries on the front lines of serving New Jerseyans during the outbreak. Did you lose your job or have your hours reduced as a result of COVID-19? Businesses across New Jersey need thousands of workers for immediate hire. Learn more about who is hiring in your community here: jobs.covid19.nj.gov

The State has also created a special intake tool for employers seeking to have openings posted on the portal. Employers can access the intake tool directly via  jobs.covid19.nj.gov/intake 

Stay Home. Stay Healthy.

Help stop the spread of germs by remembering to wash your hands and practice social distancing. Please also continue to check on the elderly and anyone else you believe might need a helping hand. Where possible we urge everyone to continue to support our local businesses and merchants.  By working together to flatten the curve we will prevail, we are #HamiltonProud

4/5/2020

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update

 

As of April 5th, Mercer County has 654 positive cases of COVID-19. All are either at home self-isolating or admitted to the hospital. Contact tracing is underway by our Health Department for any new case and continuing on the remaining ones where needed. 
 
Remind everyone in your household of the importance of practicing everyday preventive actions that can help prevent the spread:
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue.
  • Clean frequently touched surfaces and objects daily (e.g., tables, counters, light switches, doorknobs, and cabinet handles) using a regular household detergent and water.
For more information visit our website or covid19.nj.gov

Trash Talk

While Social Distancing and Staying Home is a must in the war against COVID-19, we understand there are also times you must venture to a supermarket or other essential business, as well as those times when you want to get out for some fresh air in your neighborhood or one of our parks. When out however, we need to remember to do our part to properly dispose of all trash, especially our Personal Protective Equipment. Let's all work together to keep Hamilton clean!

Helpful Contacts & Other Information

Questions or Concerns Regarding COVID-19?
Call 2-1-1
Text "NJCOVID" to 898-211
Text your zip code to 898-211 for live text assistance

Coping with Stress
If you're feeling stressed, anxious or depressed due to COVID-19, please call New Jersey's Mental Health Hotline at 877-294-HELP (4357) or visit njmentalhealthcares.org for emotional support, guidance, and mental health referrals as needed. 

You also may call the SAMHSA Disaster Distress Helpline at 1-800-985-5990 or Text TalkWithUs to 66746 (TTY 1-800-846-8517).

Looking for Employment During COVID-19?
The State of New Jersey has developed a centralized resource to match talent with opportunities in industries on the front lines of serving New Jerseyans during the outbreak. Did you lose your job or have your hours reduced as a result of COVID-19? Businesses across New Jersey need thousands of workers for immediate hire. Learn more about who is hiring in your community here: jobs.covid19.nj.gov
 
The State has also created a special intake tool for employers seeking to have openings posted on the portal. Employers can access the intake tool directly via 

4/4/2020

Hamilton Township's First Virtual Easter Egg Roll


We are egg-cited to announce Hamilton Township's Virtual Easter Egg Roll!

With Easter approaching and the cancellation of many Easter Egg Hunts that our community was looking forward to, Mayor Jeff Martin is hosting Hamilton Township 1st Virtual Easter Egg Roll!

The Egg Roll can take place inside your home or in your yard, and don't forget to take pictures and videos. We know it will be an egg-cellent experience for all! Next let's fill our Social Media feeds with photos and videos of the 1st Virtual Easter Egg Roll for all to see. Don't forget to tag us @HamiltonTwpNJ and add #HamiltonEasterEggRoll #HamiltonProud

We invite you to also e-mail your photos and videos to Mayor@HamiltonNJ.com for us to share on our website and Social Media too (please note that based upon the number of submissions we may not be able to post them all).

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update

As of April 4th, Mercer County has 586 positive cases of COVID-19. All are either at home self-isolating or admitted to the hospital. Contact tracing is underway by our Health Department for any new case and continuing on the remaining ones where needed. 
 
Remind everyone in your household of the importance of practicing everyday preventive actions that can help prevent the spread:
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue.
  • Clean frequently touched surfaces and objects daily (e.g., tables, counters, light switches, doorknobs, and cabinet handles) using a regular household detergent and water.
For more information visit our website or covid19.nj.gov

 

Small Business Emergency Assistance Loan Program

The New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) will launch the application for its Small Business Emergency Assistance Loan Program on Monday, April 13, 2020 at 9:00 am.  

A link to the program application will be posted on the State's COVID-19 Business Information Hub. To provide business owners the opportunity to prepare to apply for the loan, a .pdf version of the application will become on Monday, April 6th. 

The loan program is part of a package of initiatives announced last week to support businesses and workers facing economic hardship due to the outbreak of the novel coronavirus COVID-19.

Businesses and nonprofits can find eligibility requirements for all programs on the COVID-19 Business Information Hub or use the Eligibility Wizard to identify which emergency assistance programs they may want to consider for their business's specific needs. 
 
Stay Home. Stay Healthy.

Help stop the spread of germs by remembering to wash your hands and practice social distancing. Please also continue to check on the elderly and anyone else you believe might need a helping hand. Where possible we urge everyone to continue to support our local businesses and merchants.  By working together to flatten the curve we will prevail, we are
#HamiltonProud

4/3/2020

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update



As of April 3rd, Mercer County has 484 positive cases of COVID-19. All are either at home self-isolating or admitted to the hospital. Contact tracing is underway by our Health Department for any new case and continuing on the remaining ones where needed. 

Remind everyone in your household of the importance of practicing everyday preventive actions that can help prevent the spread:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue.
  • Clean frequently touched surfaces and objects daily (e.g., tables, counters, light switches, doorknobs, and cabinet handles) using a regular household detergent and water.

For more information visit our website or covid19.nj.gov

Roll Up Your Sleeve & Donate Blood

    

Looking for a way to give back during COVID-19?  Join the fight by rolling up your sleeve and donating blood.

There is an urgent need for blood to meet current and future demands on our blood banks, but blood drives across the nation have been canceled due to COVID-19.  https://www.redcrossblood.org/  

We are #HamiltonProud of all those who have donated already and will donate. 

Emergency Child Care Assistance Program for Essential Employees

If you are an essential worker as defined by Governor Murphy's Executive Order 110, you qualify for Emergency Child Care Assistance once you register.  

To register or to find out more information visit www.childcarenj.gov/emergency .  

 

Township Meeting Updates

Week of April 5-11, 2020

Tuesday -  April 7th 

Council Meeting will be held remotely. Details will be announced here: Township Council Meeting 4/7 6:30 PM 

Wednesday -  April 8th

 The Patriotic Committee meeting is canceled 

Board of Public Officers meeting will be held remotely. Details will be announced here: Board of Public Officers 4/8 2:30 PM 

The Environmental Commission meeting is canceled

The Economic Development Advisory Commission Meeting is canceled 

Thursday - April 9th

The Planning Board Meeting is canceled 

Friday - April 10th

Township Offices are CLOSED in observation of Good Friday.

4/2/2020

Neighboring Mercer County Municipalities and Greenhill Pharmacy Partner to Secure Medication for COVID-19 Positive Patients

Greenhill Pharmacy has partnered with East Windsor Township, Robbinsville Township and Hamilton Township to provide Hydroxychloroquine Sulfate, in combination with the antibiotic Zithromax, to treat COVID-19 (coronavirus) positive patients throughout Mercer County at no cost beginning Friday, April 3, 2020.

The FDA issued an emergency-use authorization for this combination of drugs for treatment and mitigation of the impacts of COVID-19. In lockstep with Governor Phil Murphy’s order, only individuals who have tested positive according to the State’s guidelines and have a prescription from their doctor can obtain the course of treatment. Hydroxychloroquine must be …

1. Prescribed for the treatment of COVID-19
2. Supported by a positive test result AND documented on the hard copy prescription
3. Limited to a 14-day supply

The current supply will be allocated to local hospitals, residents of Mercer County (with or without insurance) and first-responders. Greenhill Pharmacy will coordinate contactless delivery via pharmacy staff or courier free to all patients. The prescription will be delivered via courier after prior arrangements are made with the patient and/or their caretaker. In order to best verify and expedite the process, your doctor should send the prescription to Greenhill Pharmacy electronically. The East Windsor-based pharmacy is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Doctors and hospitals can contact the pharmacy at info@wilmingtonrx.com.

“Thank you to Greenhill Pharmacy for not only helping Robbinsville, Hamilton and East Windsor, but all of Mercer County as we push forward together through this crisis,” Mayor Dave Fried said. “We are doing everything we possibly can to minimize the damage in this war against a potent, invisible enemy.”

As of Wednesday, April 1, 2020 a total of 333 people had tested positive for COVID-19 in Mercer County, resulting in three deaths.

“We are extremely grateful to Greenhill Pharmacy in East Windsor, always a pro- active local caring company, which once again has stepped up as our partner in this vital effort to help our communities at this critical time,” East Windsor Mayor Janice Mironov said.

If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 and develop a fever and symptoms, such as cough or difficulty breathing, call your healthcare provider for medical advice. These symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure (based on the incubation period of MERS-CoV viruses).

Mercer County opened the testing center at Quaker Bridge Mall in Lawrence Tuesday by appointment-only for symptomatic residents age 18 or older who have a prescription from their primary health care provider (PCP). If you are symptomatic for COVID-19 and wish to be tested, contact your PCP. If you are not symptomatic (i.e. fever 100.4 or greater and without a prescription) you likely will be turned away from the test site.

“On behalf of everyone in Hamilton, I want to thank Greenhill Pharmacy as well as East Windsor and Robbinsville Townships for their partnership in our joint effort to fight COVID-19 and help the residents in our extended communities,” Hamilton Mayor Jeff Martin said.

COVID-19 Update 

 

As of April 2nd, Mercer County has 386 positive cases of COVID-19. All are either at home self-isolating or admitted to the hospital. Contact tracing is underway by our Health Department for any new case and continuing on the remaining ones where needed. 

Remind everyone in your household of the importance of practicing everyday preventive actions that can help prevent the spread:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

  • Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.

  • Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue.

  • Clean frequently touched surfaces and objects daily (e.g., tables, countertops, light switches, doorknobs, and cabinet handles) using a regular household detergent and water.

    For more information visit our website or covid19.nj.gov

     

    Economic Development Authority to Open Application for Grant Program

     

     

    The New Jersey Economic Development Assistance Authority has announced that applications for the Small Business Emergency Assistance Grant Program will open at 9 am this Friday, April 3rd. The $10 million program will make direct low-cost financing to allow New Jersey small businesses and non-profits to cover operating expenses and ensure continuity of operations during the COVID-19 outbreak. The program is designed to provide a direct loan of up to $100,000 to NJ-based small businesses and non-profit organizations who that have been in existence for at least one year and has less than $5 million in annual revenue.

     

    Visit cv.business.nj.gov to apply and for more information on eligibility.

     

    FAFSA Deadline Extended to June 1st

     

     

    The State announced yesterday that they are extending the deadline for eligible college students to apply for a renewal of state tuition aid for the 2020-2021 academic year from April 15th to June 1st. If you receive aid through HESAA, the New Jersey Higher Education Student Assistance Authority, you now have until June 1st to get your FAFSA form in.

     

    Governor Signs Executive Order to Remove Barriers to Health Care Professionals Joining COVID-19 Response

     

    Yesterday, Governor Phil Murphy signed Executive Order No. 112, authorizing the Division of Consumer Affairs to temporarily reactivate the licenses of recently retired health care professionals and grant temporary licenses to doctors licensed in foreign countries. The executive order also temporarily permits certain health care professionals to perform acts outside of their ordinary scope of practice and grants broad civil immunity to health care professionals and facilities providing services in support of New Jersey’s COVID-19 response efforts who are acting in good faith.

     

    The executive order supplements the State’s existing health care workforce by:

  • Authorizing the Division of Consumer Affairs to temporarily reactivate the licensees of healthcare professionals previously licensed in the State within the last five years. This will enable doctors, nurses, and other healthcare professionals who have recently retired or have allowed their licenses to lapse to temporarily reactivate their license.  
  • Authorizing the Division of Consumer Affairs to grant temporary medical licenses to doctors who are licensed and in good standing in foreign countries.
  • Temporarily waiving certain scope of practice restrictions on Advanced Practice Nurses (APNs) related to physician collaboration, including a rule requiring that an APN enter into a joint protocol with a collaborating physician and a rule requiring APNs to obtain authorization from a collaborating physician in order to dispense narcotic drugs. 
  • Temporarily waiving certain scope of practice restrictions on Physician Assistants (PAs) related to physician supervision, including a rule requiring PAs to obtain physician authorization prior to prescribing a controlled dangerous substance.  

This order will take effect immediately.

 

Isolation Communication Packets

 

Do you know someone who lives alone or has an underlying health issue?  There is a move on Social Media to help assist are loved ones who are the most at risk populations, by providing them with Isolation Communication Packets.  



These packets consist of 3 sheets of paper, one green, one yellow and one red that should be placed in a easily viewed window for those passing by to see. 



GREEN = You are okay

YELLOW = You need help with an errand

RED = You have an emergency

  

4/1/2020

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update

As of April 1st, Mercer County has 333 positive cases of COVID-19. All are either at home self-isolating or admitted to the hospital. Contact tracing is underway by our Health Department for any new case and continuing on the remaining ones where needed. 

Remind everyone in your household of the importance of practicing everyday preventive actions that can help prevent the spread:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue.
  • Clean frequently touched surfaces and objects daily (e.g., tables, countertops, light switches, doorknobs, and cabinet handles) using a regular household detergent and water.

For more information visit our website or covid19.nj.gov

First COVID-19 Related Death Reported in Hamilton Township

Hamilton, NJ - It is with a heavy heart that we report that the Communicable Disease Reporting and Surveillance System (CDRSS) alerted the Hamilton Township Health Department of our first COVID-19 related death in town.  The individual was a 63-year-old male. Further information on the decedent and details surrounding their case will not be released.

"We all knew that this day would ultimately arrive in Hamilton Township, but it does not make the news any easier to digest and announce," says Mayor Jeff Martin.  Mayor Martin asks that we all join in prayer and thoughts for the decedent's family and friends during this difficult time. 

It is our responsibility to keep one another safe and save lives. We ask that residents stay home unless absolutely necessary. Remember the importance of practicing everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 such as maintaining safe physical distancing recommendations of 6 feet or more, washing your hands, cover your coughs and sneezes, and clean frequently touched surfaces or objects daily.

Additionally, Hamilton Township has moved to reporting active cases on the website. Active cases are those which are currently reported in the CDRSS as a confirmed positive case. Active cases may be removed from the system when individuals have recovered or succumbed to complications caused by the virus. You will see our daily active case number fluctuate as new cases are reported and others are removed.

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Reminders & Updates Regarding Township Services

  • The Ecological Center is open for business.  Please note that the facility is open to residents only - no contractors.  At this time they will continue to operate under Regular Hours (schedule is weather sensitive):
  • Reminder that all playgrounds, dog parks, the skate park, hockey rinks, basketball courts, tennis and pickleball courts have been closed.  Please continue to practice physical distancing throughout town, this includes at our township parks.

Foster A Loving Animal Today

 

Become an Animal Foster Parent today!

To avoid overcrowding while also providing for a loving placement for our animal shelter pets, Hamilton Township has implemented a Foster Program. If you or someone you know is interested in helping during COVID-19, here is your chance to foster a loving animal. The application can be found online at here.

State Extends Income Tax Filing Deadline

As part of the State's response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, an announcement was made today that the state income tax filing deadline and the corporation business tax filing deadline will be extended from April 15th to July 15th. There is no need to apply for an extension; it will be automatically applied. 

Helpful Contacts & Other Information

Questions or Concerns Regarding COVID-19?

Call 2-1-1

Text "NJCOVID" to 898-211

Text your zip code to 898-211 for live text assistance

Visit Covid19.nj.gov

Looking for Employment During COVID-19?

The State of New Jersey has developed a centralized resource to match talent with opportunities in industries on the front lines of serving New Jerseyans during the outbreak. Did you lose your job or have your hours reduced as a result of COVID-19? Businesses across New Jersey need thousands of workers for immediate hire. Learn more about who is hiring in your community here: https://jobs.covid19.nj.gov/

The State has also created a special intake tool for employers seeking to have openings posted on the portal. Employers can access the intake tool directly viahttps://jobs.covid19.nj.gov/intake

Support One Another 

Help stop the spread of germs by remembering to wash your hands and practice social distancing. Please also continue to check on the elderly and anyone else you believe might need a helping hand.  Where possible we urge everyone to continue to support our local businesses and merchants.  By working together to flatten the curve we will prevail, we are #HamiltonProud



3/31/2020

Library Services Are Still Available!

 

Although the Library remains closed to the public, access to online (https://hamiltonnjpl.org/category/all_resources/) and digital (https://hamiltonnjpl.org/download-an-e-book/) resources remains available for cardholders.  In addition, we have added many links to websites for children (https://hamiltonnjpl.org/children/), teens (https://hamiltonnjpl.org/teens/) and adults (https://hamiltonnjpl.org/category/all_resources/) that do not require a library card for use.  Staff are available to answer your questions and concerns via email (https://hamiltonnjpl.org/contact-us/) between the hours of 9:00 A.M. and 5:00 P.M., Monday through Friday.  WI-FI is available from the parking lot and surrounding grounds - no password is required. 

All fines and fees will be waived while we remain closed.  All holds currently waiting for pick-up will remain available for a week after we reopen.  If your card expires during the closed period, privileges will be extended until we reopen and they can be renewed in person.  All meetings and events have been canceled through the end of April.

Our status is being evaluated on a day to day basis.  Please check our website (https://hamiltonnjpl.org/) or Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/Hamilton-Township-Free-Public-Library-108057915902986/) frequently for updates as more information becomes available.

COVID-19 Update

As of March 31st, Mercer County has 268 active positive cases of COVID-19 in Mercer County. All are either at home self-isolating or admitted to the hospital. Contact tracing is underway by our Health Department for any new case and continuing on the remaining ones where needed. 

Remind everyone in your household of the importance of practicing everyday preventive actions that can help prevent the spread:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

  • Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.

  • Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue.

  • Clean frequently touched surfaces and objects daily (e.g., tables, countertops, light switches, doorknobs, and cabinet handles) using a regular household detergent and water.

    For more information visit our website or covid19.nj.gov

Mercer County Testing Site for COVID-19 is by Appointment Only

Mercer County in collaboration with health care partners, is now operating an appointment-only, drive-up testing site for COVID-19 at Quaker Bridge Mall in Lawrence. Your doctor must fax your prescription to the site's appointment makers.  Those who show up and who do not have an appointment will not able to be tested.

The testing center is by appointment only for symptomatic Mercer County residents age 18 or older who have a prescription from their primary health care provider (PCP). If you are symptomatic for COVID-19 and want to be tested, contact your PCP.

The testing center is open weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and is a collaborative effort between the County of Mercer, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Hamilton, Capital Health System, St. Francis Medical Center in Trenton and the Trenton Health Team.

Mercer County has contracted with Bio-Reference Laboratories, which will provide testing for individuals who are symptomatic and have been scheduled through their PCP.

To be eligible for testing, an individual must be examined by a PCP. The PCP will determine the need for the test based on symptoms. No one should be tested without being symptomatic. If the PCP deems a test is necessary, they will fax a prescription to the Mercer County call center with the patient’s phone number. Staff will then call the patient, take registration information and schedule an appointment, providing testing site instructions.

For the health, safety and security of staff at the site, patients will not be permitted to leave their vehicles. Walk-ups are not permitted.
 
State Police Announce Updates and Clarifications to List of Businesses Permitted to Operate

The Governor and Superintendent of the State Police announced an Administrative Order amending which businesses are permitted to operate and clarifying ways in which some businesses may operate in accordance with Executive Order No. 107, taking effect immediately. The Administrative Order states the following:

  • Individual appointments to view real estate with realtors by individuals or families shall be considered essential retail business. Open houses are still considered impermissible gatherings.
  • Car dealers may continue to conduct online sales or remote sales that are consistent with current law. In the event of such a sale, the car may be delivered to the purchaser or the purchaser can pick up the car curbside or in the dealership service lane.
  • In accordance with the guidance released by the federal Department of Homeland Security, effective Tuesday, March 31, at 8:00 a.m., firearms retailers are permitted to operate – by appointment only and during limited hours – to conduct business which, under law, must be done in person. The NICS background check system will be up and running to process firearms purchases.
  • Golf courses are considered recreational and entertainment businesses that must close to the public and to members associated with private golf clubs.

Helpful Contacts & Other Information

Questions or Concerns Regarding COVID-19?

Call 2-1-1

Text "NJCOVID" to 898-211

Text your zip code to 898-211 for live text assistance

Visit Covid19.nj.gov

Looking for Employment During COVID-19?

The State of New Jersey has developed a centralized resource to match talent with opportunities in industries on the front lines of serving New Jerseyans during the outbreak. Did you lose your job or have your hours reduced as a result of COVID-19? Businesses across New Jersey need thousands of workers for immediate hire. Learn more about who is hiring in your community here: https://jobs.covid19.nj.gov/

The State has also created a special intake tool for employers seeking to have openings posted on the portal. Employers can access the intake tool directly via https://jobs.covid19.nj.gov/intake

Support One Another

Help stop the spread of germs by remembering to wash your hands and practice social distancing. Please also continue to check on the elderly and anyone else you believe might need a helping hand.  Where possible we urge everyone to continue to support our local businesses and merchants.  By working together to flatten the curve we will prevail, we are

#HamiltonProud

3/30/2020  

Practice Physical Distancing

Last week Governor Murphy issued a stay at home order for all residents - Executive Order 107, but we realize that Spring is upon us and know that staying home is tough. If you decide to visit our parks for passive activities we ask that you please cooperate with physical distancing guidelines of staying 6 feet apart.

We would like to remind residents that all playgrounds, dog parks, the skate park, and hockey rinks have been closed by the Township. 

We must all take responsibility in doing everything we can to flatten the curve to keep each other safe and save lives. 

COVID-19 Update

 

As of March 30th, Mercer County has 249 active positive cases of COVID-19 in Mercer County. All are either at home self-isolating or admitted to the hospital. Contact tracing is underway by our Health Department for any new case and continuing on the remaining ones where needed. 

Remind everyone in your household of the importance of practicing everyday preventive actions that can help prevent the spread:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

  • Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.

  • Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue.

  • Clean frequently touched surfaces and objects daily (e.g., tables, countertops, light switches, doorknobs, and cabinet handles) using a regular household detergent and water.

    For more information visit our website or covid19.nj.gov

NJ Puts Out Call for Volunteer Healthcare Professionals
New Jersey has a critical, sudden need for additional qualified health, mental health, and related professionals to supplement our health care capacity on a temporary basis. If you are a retired nurse or doctor, nursing or medical student, EMT, or former member of the Armed Services' Medical Corp, the State is asking that you consider donating your knowledge and time to help combat COVID-19. If you are willing and able to support the response to COVID-19, please visit https://covid19.nj.gov/volunteer to fill out the interest form. 

Better Together

COVID-19 Screening Tool

Apple has joined with the White House, Department of Health and Human Services, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to create a COVID-19 Screening Tool, an interactive app. 

Just go to Apple.com/COVID-19 where you will find the app entitled COVID-19 in the App Store.  Once downloaded the app will ask a set of questions which cover symptoms, risk factors and potential exposure. It then gives recommendations provided by the CDC based on the inputs provided - the recommendations will be updated regularly. 

Helpful Contacts & Other Information

Questions or Concerns Regarding COVID-19?
Call 2-1-1
Text "NJCOVID" to 898-211
Text your zip code to 898-211 for live text assistance
Visit Covid19.nj.gov

Looking for Employment During COVID19?
The State of New Jersey has developed a centralized resource to match talent with opportunities in industries on the front lines of serving New Jerseyans during the outbreak. Did you lose your job or have your hours reduced as a result of COVID-19? Businesses across New Jersey need thousands of workers for immediate hire. Learn more about who is hiring in your community here: https://jobs.covid19.nj.gov/

The State has also created a special intake tool for employers seeking to have openings posted on the portal. Employers can access the intake tool directly via
https://jobs.covid19.nj.gov/intake

3/29/2020

Practicing Social Distancing means spending more time at home, away from friends and family... which is why it is so important for all ages to not only concern ourselves with our physical health but also our mental health.

Many groups in our area have been sharing ideas to keep us both mentally and physically fit. Try one or more of their ideas out today!

Operation Lift Spirits
Local Nursing Homes and Rehab Facilities are abiding by strict guidelines in order to keep their residents safe. This includes not allowing visitors in, which in turn can make anyone feel lonely and isolated. Help lift someone's spirits today by writing a letter or drawing a picture and then mailing it to one of our many rehabs or nursing homes. Be sure to mark the envelope with "Operation Lift Spirits" so the facilities can distribute them appropriately. This can be a fun project for all ages! Thanks to the Hamilton Area YMCA for sharing this idea.

Staying Fit - Physically and Mentally
Trying to find a way to stay physically fit while the gym is closed - or maybe you are feeling stressed, then a yoga session may be more your speed. The Hamilton YMCA and others have shared links to yoga, mindfulness work outs, as well as more traditional at home work outs...or checkout YouTube. Staying active is good for the mind, body and soul.

Learn through Virtual Visits
Hamilton Township is home to a hidden gem... Grounds for Sculpture. So while we may not be able to go out and experience it in person right now, visit them virtually! Many of their exhibits can be viewed from the comfort of your own home. There is even a fun interactive map. www.GroundsforSculpture.org

Mercer to Open Drive-Up Testing Site for COVID-19 
Mercer County Executive Brian M. Hughes yesterday that the County, in collaboration with health care partners, will open an appointment-only, drive-up testing site for COVID-19 on Tuesday, March 31, at Quaker Bridge Mall in Lawrence.

The testing center is by appointment only for symptomatic Mercer County residents age 18 or older who have a prescription from their primary health care provider (PCP). If you are symptomatic for COVID-19 and want to be tested, contact your PCP.

The testing center, which initially will be open weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., is a collaborative effort between the County of Mercer, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Hamilton, Capital Health System, St. Francis Medical Center in Trenton and the Trenton Health Team.

To be eligible for testing, an individual must be examined by a PCP. The PCP will determine the need for the test based on symptoms. No one should be tested without being symptomatic. If the PCP deems a test is necessary, they will fax a prescription to the Mercer County call center with the patient’s phone number. Staff will then call the patient, take registration information and schedule an appointment, providing testing site instructions.
For the health, safety and security of staff at the site, patients will not be permitted to leave their vehicles. Walk-ups are not permitted.


If you believe you may have symptoms of COVID-19, the State of New Jersey’s COVID-19 Information Hub provides a self-assessment tool that will help you determine whether you should be tested. Visit self.covid19.nj.gov.

As of March 29, 2019 there are 202 active positive cases of COVID-19 in Mercer County. All are either at home self-isolating or admitted to the hospital. Contact tracing is underway by our Health Department for any new case and continuing on the remaining ones where needed.

An unfortunate reality is that as test availability increases so will the number of positive cases. For more information visit our website or covid19.nj.gov

Personal Protective Equipment Donations Needed
Mercer County Office of Emergency Management is seeking donations of medical masks and gloves, and other protective gear to help us safely equip our heroic first responders and health care professionals, who are on the front line of this public health emergency.

If you, your organization or someone you know can donate of any of the items listed below to aid Mercer County’s first responders and health care professionals, please complete the form at one of the links provided.
• N95 Masks
• Eye Protectors (Face Shield; Goggles; Other Eye Protectors)
• Sterile Gowns
• Medically Rated Gloves
• Regular Masks
• Surgical Masks
• Procedural Masks
• Alternative respirators that OSHA has given permission to use in health care during this historic pandemic
• Disinfectant Wipes
• Other Disinfecting Products

Please fill out the electronic PPE -Equipment Donation Form or download the PPE-Equipment Donation Form and email it to the Mercer County Office of Emergency Management at oem@mercercounty.org or fax it to (609) 799-7067. You can also reach out to OEM at (609) 281-7228.

 

Helpful Contacts & Other Information

Questions or Concerns Regarding COVID-19?
Call 2-1-1
Text "NJCOVID" to 898-211
Text your zip code to 898-211 for live text assistance
Visit Covid19.nj.gov

Looking for Employment During COVID19?
The State of New Jersey has developed a centralized resource to match talent with opportunities in industries on the front lines of serving New Jerseyans during the outbreak. Did you lose your job or have your hours reduced as a result of COVID-19? Businesses across New Jersey need thousands of workers for immediate hire. Learn more about who is hiring in your community here: https://jobs.covid19.nj.gov/

The State has also created a special intake tool for employers seeking to have openings posted on the portal. Employers can access the intake tool directly via
https://jobs.covid19.nj.gov/intake

Support One Another
Help stop the spread of germs by remembering to wash your hands and practice social distancing. Please also continue to check on the elderly and anyone else you believe might need a helping hand. Where possible we urge everyone to continue to support our local businesses and merchants. By working together to flatten the curve we will prevail, we are
#HamiltonProud

3/28/2020

COVID-19 Related Closings

Municipal Court - The Supreme Court of New Jersey has extended the cancellation of all court sessions through April 26, 2020. You can find more information here on our website.

MVC Agencies Remain Closed to the Public Two More Weeks

Working with Governor Murphy, Chief Fulton ordered the initial closure from March 17 through March 30. With the threat from COVID-19 continuing and New Jersey having the second-most cases in the United States, it was determined to continue the closures through at least April 12. “Fortunately, we have expanded our online capabilities over the past year and many of our customers can get their business taken care of that way,’’ Chief Fulton said. “In most cases you can renew your license, replace a lost license, change your address, renew your registration and other transactions through our easy to-use online portal.’’

COVID-19

As of March 28, 2019 there are 168 active positive cases of COVID-19 in Mercer County. All are either at home self-isolating or admitted to the hospital. Contact tracing is underway by our Health Department for any new case and continuing on the remaining ones where needed. An unfortunate reality is that as test availability increases so will the number of positive cases. For more information visit our website or covid19.nj.gov

Relief for those Facing Economic Hardship

Governor Phil Murphy today announced that financial institutions will provide mortgage forbearance and financial protections for New Jerseyans facing economic hardship as a result COVID-19. New Jerseyans who are struggling financially as a result of COVID-19 may be eligible for the following relief upon contacting their financial institution:

90-Day Grace Period for Mortgage Payments

Financial institutions will offer, consistent with applicable guidelines, mortgage payment forbearances of up to 90 days to borrowers economically impacted by COVID-19. In addition, those institutions will:

  • Provide borrowers a streamlined process to request a forbearance for COVID-19-related reasons, supported with available documentation;
  • Confirm approval of and terms of forbearance program; and
  • Provide borrowers the opportunity to request additional relief, as practicable, upon continued showing of hardship due to COVID-19.

No Negative Credit Impacts Resulting from Relief

Financial institutions will not report derogatory tradelines (e.g., late payments) to credit reporting agencies, consistent with applicable guidelines, for borrowers taking advantage of COVID-19-related relief.

 Moratorium on Initiating Foreclosure Sales or Evictions

For at least 60 days, financial institutions will not initiate foreclosure sales or evictions, consistent with applicable guidelines.

Relief from Fees and Charges

For at least 90 days, financial institutions will waive or refund at least the following for customers who have requested assistance:

  • Mortgage-related late fees; and
  • Other fees, including early CD withdrawals (subject to applicable federal regulations).

For more information on COVID-19 related mortgage relief, please visit https://www.state.nj.us/dobi/covid/mortgagerelief.html.

Census 2020

Help shape the future today with the 2020 Census.

 While you are stuck inside on this rainy day, why not spend some of that time filling out the 2020 Census. It can be done online, by phone or via mail. This past week, you should have received your Census Bureau mailing which includes your Census ID, which you will need to complete the Census online. Visit www.my2020census.gov to get started.

 Results of the 2020 Census aide in directing billions of dollars in federal funds to communities for schools, roads, and other public services. They also help to determine the number of seats that each state has in Congress. The Census shapes Hamilton’s future, it shapes your future – stand up and be counted today.

3/27/2020

Hamilton Township Reminds Residents to Drive Carefully in Parks

The Township would like to respectfully remind residents that as our parks are seeing increased traffic and use during this time, it is of critical importance that drivers do not speed in our parks and are watchful for pedestrians. Thank you for helping make our parks safer for everyone!

COVID-19 Update

To date, there is a total of 131 positive COVID-19 cases in Mercer County. All are either at home self-isolating or admitted to the hospital.

 

NJ Department of Human Services Announces $70 Million in Food Assistance for Vulnerable Families

Many New Jerseyans who receive food assistance through the NJ Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (NJ SNAP) will receive an extra benefit payment on Sunday and their benefits will be higher in April to help address critical food needs related to the COVID-19 pandemic.  SNAP supplemental payments were included in the federal Families First Coronavirus Response Act. A total of $70 million in extra NJ SNAP benefits will be provided over the next two months to New Jerseyans to help with the purchase of groceries. 

 

On Sunday, March 29, $35 million in supplemental payments will be provided to approximately 205,000 New Jersey households enrolled in NJ SNAP.   April benefits also will be increased by $35 million for these households.  Supplemental benefits will be directly loaded to NJ SNAP recipients’ Families First EBT cards. 

 

Households eligible for the NJ SNAP supplemental benefit will receive the difference between their regular SNAP benefit and the maximum benefit for their family size.  These supplements will be in additional to standard monthly benefits.  Under federal policies implementing the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, households that already receive the federal allowable maximum SNAP benefit are not eligible for supplemental payments.  

 

The April supplemental benefit will arrive together with eligible recipients’ typical monthly payment, meaning recipients will receive one combined payment in April of the supplement and their standard benefit. 

 

Human Services also has received federal approval to extend NJ SNAP recertification periods to six months for cases that are expiring in March, April and May. This means families receiving SNAP will not have benefit interruptions during that time. 

 

Residents who need food assistance can apply for SNAP online at www.NJHelps.org.

 

 

 

REAL ID Enforcement Deadline Extended

Yesterday, Acting Secretary Chad Wolf of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security announced that states will be given a twelve-month extension for REAL ID enforcement, changing the deadline to October 1, 2021.

REAL ID is a new federal requirement for state-issued driver licenses and non-driver IDs to help prevent fraudulent identification. While you are not required to obtain a REAL ID, it will be valuable if you plan on flying anytime soon, otherwise you will need to bring a federally approved form of identification. Visit https://www.state.nj.us/mvc/realid/index.html for more information.

 

 

Helpful Contacts & Other Information

Questions or Concerns Regarding COVID-19?

Call 2-1-1

Text "NJCOVID" to 898-211

Text your zip code to 898-211 for live text assistance

Visit Covid19.nj.gov

 

Looking for Employment During COVID-19?

The State of New Jersey has developed a centralized resource to match talent with opportunities in industries on the front lines of serving New Jerseyans during the outbreak. Did you lose your job or have your hours reduced as a result of COVID-19? Businesses across New Jersey need thousands of workers for immediate hire. Learn more about who is hiring in your community here: https://jobs.covid19.nj.gov/

 

The State has also created a special intake tool for employers seeking to have openings posted on the portal. Employers can access the intake tool directly via 

https://jobs.covid19.nj.gov/intake

3/26/2020

 

Thank you Healthcare Workers!

Each day our Healthcare workers put on their uniforms and face COVID-19 head on. Collectively and on behalf of our entire Township we would like to take this opportunity to say “Thank You” for your service.

Do you have a Healthcare worker you wish to give a “shout out” to for going above and beyond for the residents of our great town? Let us know! Each day our Healthcare workers put on their uniforms and face COVID-19 head on. Collectively and on behalf of our entire Township we would like to take this opportunity to say “Thank You” for your service.

Do you have a Healthcare worker you wish to give a “shout out” to for going above and beyond for the residents of our great town? Let us know!

Do you have a Healthcare worker you wish to give a “shout out” to for going above and beyond for the residents of our great town? Share those moments with us at mayor@hamiltonnj.com or on our social media pages @HamiltonTwpNJ

COVID-19 Update

To date, there is a total of 111 positive COVID-19 cases in Mercer County. All are either at home self-isolating or admitted to the hospital.

New Executive Order Requires Child Care Centers Close on April 1 Unless Serving Children of Essential Workers

Yesterday, Governor Murphy signed Executive Order No. 110, directing all child care centers in New Jersey to certify by Friday, March 27, that they will solely serve as emergency child care centers for the children of essential workers. Child care centers that do not certify that they can and will exclusively care for these children of essential workers must close by Wednesday, April 1.  Child care centers, for purposes of this order, include entities providing care on a regular basis for children aged 0-13, including licensed child care centers. 

In order to be designated as an Emergency Child Care Center, any person or organization, requesting permission to stay open or resume operations on or after April 1, 2020, must submit the certification form to the Commissioner of Children and Families for approval by Friday, March 27, 2020.  If the certification form demonstrates that it will provide child care services exclusively to “essential persons” during the school closure period, and that it will follow all applicable emergency child care standards, the Commissioner shall authorize it to remain open or resume operations as an emergency child care center. For a copy of this certification form, visit https://www.nj.gov/dcf/coronavirus_licensedchildcare.html

Essential persons shall include, but not be limited to: 1) Health care workers, including staff working in health care facilities and in community-based services including home health and behavioral health; 2) law enforcement personnel, fire and emergency services personnel, and staff at correctional facilities; 3) individuals employed at emergency child care centers operating on or after April 1, 2020; 4) staff working for entities that provide essential social services, including, but not limited to, group home and shelter staff; 5) essential government employees who are unable to work from home, including child protection services workers, child welfare workers, foster care workers, unemployment compensation processing staff, and public health employees; and 6) certain critical workers, as defined by the Commissioner of DCF, at essential retail businesses, as defined in Executive Order No. 107 (2020) and subsequent Administrative Orders.


NJEDA Announces New Initiatives to Support Businesses Impacted by COVID-19

The New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) Board today approved a suite of new programs designed to support businesses and workers facing economic hardship due to the outbreak of the novel coronavirus COVID-19.   Taken together, they will provide more than $75 million of State and private financial support, with the opportunity to grow to more than $100 million if additional philanthropic, State, and federal resources become available. The initiatives will support between 3,000 and 5,000 small and midsize enterprises and are meant to complement recently announced federal economic recovery initiatives. 

The suite of new initiatives includes: 

  • Small Business Emergency Assistance Grant Program – A $5 million program that will provide grants up to $5,000 to small businesses in retail, arts, entertainment, recreation, accommodation, food service, and other services – such as repair, maintenance, personal, and laundry services – to stabilize their operations and reduce the need for layoffs or furloughs.
  • Small Business Emergency Assistance Loan Program – A $10 million program that will provide working capital loans of up to $100,000 to businesses with less than $5 million in revenues. Loans made through the program will have ten-year terms with zero percent for the first five years, then resetting to the EDA’s prevailing floor rate (capped at 3.00%) for the remaining five years.
  • Community Development Finance Institution (CDFI) Emergency Loan Loss Reserve Fund – A $10 million capital reserve fund to take a first loss position on CDFI loans that provide low interest working capital to micro businesses. This will allow CDFIs to withstand loan defaults due to the outbreak, which will allow them to provide more loans at lower interest rates to microbusinesses affected by the outbreak.
  • CDFI Emergency Assistance Grant Program – A $1.25 million program that will provide grants of up to $250,000 to CDFIs to scale operations or reduce interest rates for the duration of the outbreak.
  • NJ Entrepreneur Support Program – A $5 million program that will encourage continued capital flows to new companies, often in the innovation economy, and temporarily support a shaky market by providing 80 percent loan guarantees for working capital loans to entrepreneurs.   
  • Small Business Emergency Assistance Guarantee Program – A $10 million program that will provide 50 percent guarantees on working capital loans and waive fees on loans made through institutions participating in the NJEDA’s existing Premier Lender or Premier CDFI programs.
  • Emergency Technical Assistance Program – A $150,000 program that will support technical assistance to New Jersey-based companies applying for assistance through the U.S. Small Business Administration. The organizations contracted will be paid based on SBA application submissions supported by the technical assistance they provide.

More information about the programs will be available here: https://cv.business.nj.gov

 

Helpful Contacts & Other Information

Questions or Concerns Regarding COVID-19?

Call 2-1-1

Text "NJCOVID" to 898-211

Text your zip code to 898-211 for live text assistance

Visit Covid19.nj.gov

 

Looking for Employment During COVID-19?

The State of New Jersey has developed a centralized resource to match talent with opportunities in industries on the front lines of serving New Jerseyans during the outbreak. Did you lose your job or have your hours reduced as a result of COVID-19? Businesses across New Jersey need thousands of workers for immediate hire. Learn more about who is hiring in your community here: https://jobs.covid19.nj.gov/

 

The State has also created a special intake tool for employers seeking to have openings posted on the portal. Employers can access the intake tool directly via 

https://jobs.covid19.nj.gov/intake

3/25/2020

Thank you to Hamilton’s Finest 

We wanted to take a moment to show our thanks for all of our first responders who are out on the frontlines, not just during COVID-19, but every day. To our Police Officers, Fire Fighters, EMTs, EMS, members of our Armed Forces, and your families - we virtually gather today to say - "Thank You" 

Have you caught one of our hometown first responders going above and beyond during COVID-19? Share those moments with us at mayor@hamiltonnj.com or on our social media pages @HamiltonTwpNJ

Earlier today Mayor Jeff Martin, HTSD Superintendent Dr. Scott Rocco, and Director of Health Kathleen Fitzgerald taped another COVID-19 update video which can be found on YouTube here: https://youtu.be/hZuD_HVmkvU. The video will be broadcast on the Hamilton School Channel. HTV -  Fios channel 22 and Optimum channel 78 beginning this evening at 6:00 PM. It will re-air daily through Sunday evening at: 12:00 pm, 2:00 pm, 4:00 pm, 6:00 pm, and 8:00 pm.

To date, we have a total of 12 (twelve) positive COVID-19 cases in town. The residents range in age from 22-years-old to 91-years-old. All are either at home self-isolating or admitted to the hospital. For more information, visit: http://www.hamiltonnj.com/news/?FeedID=3500

Helpful Contacts & Other Information

Questions or Concerns Regarding COVID-19?

Call 2-1-1

Text "NJCOVID" to 898-211

Text your zip code to 898-211 for live text assistance

Visit Covid19.nj.gov

Looking for Employment During COVID-19?

The State of New Jersey has developed a centralized resource to match talent with opportunities in industries on the front lines of serving New Jerseyans during the outbreak. Did you lose your job or have your hours reduced as a result of COVID-19? Businesses across New Jersey need thousands of workers for immediate hire. Learn more about who is hiring in your community here: jobs.covid19.nj.gov/

The State has also created a special intake tool for employers seeking to have openings posted on the portal. Employers can access the intake tool directly via jobs.covid19.nj.gov/intake

Help stop the spread of germs by remembering to wash your hands and practice social distancing.  Please also continue to check on the elderly and anyone else you believe might need a helping hand.  Where possible we urge everyone to continue to support our local businesses and merchants. By working together we will prevail, we are

#HamiltonProud

 3/24/2020

Township Event & Meeting Cancellations

 

The following Township Events have been CANCELLED:

Environmental Commission Meeting-4/8/2020

Municipal Alliance Commission Meeting-4/2/2020

 

COVID-19 Update

 

As of 3:30 PM, Tuesday, March 24, 2020, Hamilton Township has seven (7) positive cases of COVID-19 (Coronavirus), a 48-year-old male, a 28-year-old female, a 63-year-old male, a 48-year-old female, a 30-year-old-male, a 58-year-old female, and a 29-year-old male.  Contact tracing is underway by our Health Department for any new case and continuing on the remaining ones where needed. We expect that reported numbers of cases will continue to grow as more testing sites come online.

 

Trenton Water Works Introduces Online Customer Service System

 

Trenton Water Works today announced a new online service that enables its customers to more conveniently manage their accounts, including using additional payment methods, paying TWW bills and setting up payment reminders.

 

The online system can be accessed by visiting the Trenton Water Works website at www.trentonwaterworks.org and clicking on the “Pay Your Bill” link. Customers can establish an ongoing account by using their e-mail address and creating a password, or they can make a one-time payment. The online system will go live on Monday, March 30.

 

Here is a list of other Invoice Cloud features to help TWW customers manage their accounts:

 

* Credit and Debit Card Payments - Pay your TWW bill with a credit or debit card: Visa, MasterCard, Discover Card, American Express. There is a $3.95 convenience fee to use this service, which is paid to Invoice Cloud, and a limit of $500.

* Autopay - Automatically pay your TWW water bill on the due date. There is a $0.95 fee for this service using ACH and $3.95 to use a credit card.

* E-check - Pay your bill with a checking or savings account for a $3.95 convenience fee.

* Go paperless - Receive your TWW bill via email.

* E-mail Reminders - Receive email reminders when your TWW bill is ready, when a scheduled payment is pending, and receive a confirmation after making a payment. 

* Recurring Payment - Set up a schedule to pay a fixed amount of your TWW bill balance on a specific day of the month. 

* Pay by Text - Receive text notifications about your bill on your smartphone and pay your bill via a stored payment method.

 

Customers without Internet access can pay their bills by phone by calling 1-855-667-0982. There is a $3.95 convenience fee to use this service.

 

Great American Take Out-Support Local Businesses!

 

 

Restaurant owners have joined together to create The Great American Takeout, asking Americans to support their local restaurant industry and order takeout or delivery today, March 24th. We encourage residents to continue to patronize our businesses, as they are the backbone of our community.

 

 

Brighten Someone’s Day-Fun Activities to Spread Kindness

 

COVID-19 has us all spending a lot more time at home, but there are many things we can do to brighten the spirits of those around us.

1) Rainbow Hunt – the Hamilton Area YMCA has suggested a Rainbow Hunt. Put a rainbow in your window, whether you color it, paint it, cut it out or print one from your printer… then place it in your window for those walking by to see. This will help to remind us all that at the end of a storm comes something beautiful, a rainbow.

2) Bear Hunt – the beloved childhood story “We’re Going on a Bear Hunt” has also been inspiration locally for a bear hunt here in Hamilton and across the country. We invite you to place a bear or other stuffed animal in your window so as our residents go on a walk they can look for these items.

3) Chalk the Walk – There’s no need for this idea to end after just one day… Draw or write an inspirational message in chalk on your driveway or sidewalk with chalk. When you are out in the fresh air look for the words of encouragement and artistic abilities of those who live nearby.

These ideas may seem small, but they help us to practice social distancing, while being active and brightening the days of many, not just our community youth. Feel free to share your photos of your participation here for all to see, especially those who cannot venture outside during these trying times.

 

 

Helpful Contacts & Other Information

 

Questions or Concerns Regarding COVID-19?

Call 2-1-1

Text "NJCOVID" to 898-211

Text your zip code to 898-211 for live text assistance

Visit Covid19.nj.gov

 

 

Looking for Employment During COVID-19? 

 

The State of New Jersey has developed a centralized resource to match talent with opportunities in industries on the front lines of serving New Jerseyans during the outbreak. Did you lose your job or have your hours reduced as a result of COVID-19? Businesses across New Jersey need thousands of workers for immediate hire. Learn more about who is hiring in your community here: jobs.covid19.nj.gov/

 

The State has also created a special intake tool for employers seeking to have openings posted on the portal. Employers can access the intake tool directly via https://jobs.covid19.nj.gov/intake

3/23/2020 

As of 4:00 PM, Monday, March 23, 2020, Hamilton Township has six (6) positive cases of COVID-19 (Coronavirus). Contact tracing is underway by our Health Department for any new case and continuing on the remaining ones where needed. We expect that reported numbers of cases will continue to grow as more testing sites come online.

 Read today's update by clicking here: http://hamiltonnj.com/news/?FeedID=3499

Township Facilities Update:  Effective Tuesday, March 24th the following Township Facilities will be closed to the public: 
                  * All Playground Equipment 
                  * Dog Parks 

We ask that residents please cooperate with physical distancing guidelines.  We know that staying at home and limited physical interaction is difficult, but is a critical part in doing everything we can now to flatten the curve to keep people safe and save lives. We know that COVID-19 can have very serious consequences for our vulnerable populations, especially our seniors, and ask that you keep them in mind in the coming days and weeks. We will get through this together and we will be stronger for it.   

Helpful Contacts & Other Information: 
Questions or Concerns Regarding COVID-19?
Call 2-1-1
Text "NJCOVID" to 898-211
Text your zip code to 898-211 for live text assistance
Visit Covid19.nj.gov

Looking for Employment During COVID-19? 
The State of New Jersey has developed a centralized resource to match talent with opportunities in industries on the front lines of serving New Jerseyans during the outbreak. Did you lose your job or have your hours reduced as a result of COVID-19? Businesses across New Jersey need thousands of workers for immediate hire. Learn more about who is hiring in your community here: jobs.covid19.nj.gov/

Support One Another: We continue to urge everyone to support our local businesses and merchants, the backbone of our community. Please also continue to check on the elderly and anyone else you believe might need a helping hand. Help stop the spread of germs by remembering to wash your hands and practice social distancing.  Together we will prevail, we are #HamiltonProud


3/22/2020 

As of 3:30 PM, Sunday, March 22, 2020, Hamilton Township has five (5) positive cases of COVID-19 (Coronavirus), a 48-year-old male, a 28-year-old female, and a 63-year-old male, a 48-year-old female, and a 30-year-old-male. Two out of the five patients are hospitalized while the other three are self-isolating at home. The Communicable Disease Reporting and Surveillance System (CDRSS) has ceased reporting of pending cases. For more information, visit: www.hamiltonnj.com/news/?FeedID=3497

 

NJ Department of Labor Introduces Weekly Benefits Schedule

Given the high volume of unemployment applications, the Department of Labor has instituted a new schedule for claimants to claim their weekly benefits, based on the last four digits of your Social Security Number. Please find a copy of that schedule below.

For information on how to claim your benefits online, click here.

NJ TRANSIT to begin Special Weekday NEC Service

Beginning Monday, March 23rd, NJ TRANSIT will begin running special weekday service along the Northeast Corridor. For a copy of the new service schedule click here.

Census 2020

The Census 2020 is happening NOW! The census provides critical data that is directly connected to federal funding, the number of seats each state has in the House of Representatives, and is used to draw congressional and state legislative districts. Homes began receiving their invitation to respond to the 2020 Census between March 12-20. These official mailings include detailed information and a Census ID for completing the census online. You can complete your questionnaire online, by phone, or by mail. Visit www.my2020census.gov to begin!

Helpful Contacts


Questions or concerns on COVID-19?
Call 2-1-1
Text "NJCOVID" to 898-211
Text your zip code to 898-211 for live text assistance
 

Looking for employment during COVID-19? 

The State of New Jersey has developed a centralized resource to match talent with opportunities in industries on the front lines of serving New Jerseyans during the outbreak. Did you lose your job or have your hours reduced as a result of COVID-19? Businesses across New Jersey need thousands of workers for immediate hire. Learn more about who is hiring in your community here: jobs.covid19.nj.gov/

3/21/2020 

As of 4:00 PM, Saturday, March 21, 2020, Hamilton Township has five (5) positive cases of COVID-19 (Coronavirus), a 48-year-old male, a 28-year-old female, and a 63-year-old male, a 48-year-old female, and a 30-year-old-male. Two out of the five patients are hospitalized while the other three are self-isolating at home. The Communicable Disease Reporting and Surveillance System (CDRSS) has ceased reporting of pending cases. For more information, visit: www.hamiltonnj.com/news/?FeedID=3497

Governor Murphy Announces Statewide Stay at Home Order, Closure of All Non-Essential Retail Businesses

To mitigate the impact of COVID-19 and protect the capacity of New Jersey's health care system for the state's most vulnerable, Governor Phil Murphy today signed Executive Order No. 107, directing all residents to stay at home until further notice. The order provides for certain exceptions, such as obtaining essential goods or services, seeking medical attention, visiting family or close friends, reporting to work, or engaging in outdoor activities. More details can be found here: https://nj.gov/governor/news/news/562020/approved/20200320j.shtml

The following Township Events have been CANCELLED:

  • Rain Barrel Workshop

Protect Our Infrastructure

Our Water Pollution Control employees are working around the clock, ensuring our toilets continue to flush among other things. However, they need our help to keep our sewer lines operating…

Reminder - Do Not Flush:

* Paper Towels * Tissues *Napkins* Diapers * Feminine Hygiene Products
* Wipes of any kind (including Flushable & Disinfectant Wipes)

The items above when flushed can cause blockages in your home sewer line leading to costly repairs and unpleasant cleanups for you the homeowner.

Coping with Social Distancing and Isolation During COVID-19

Dealing with Stress
The outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) may be stressful for people. Fear and anxiety about a disease can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions in adults and children. Coping with stress will make you, the people you care about, and your community stronger.
Everyone reacts differently to stressful situations.  How you respond to the outbreak can depend on your background, the things that make you different from other people, and the community you live in.

People who may respond more strongly to the stress of a crisis include:
•Older people and people with chronic diseases who are at higher risk for COVID-19
•Children and teens
•People who are helping with the response to COVID-19, like doctors and other health care providers, or first responders
•People who have mental health conditions including problems with substance use

Taking care of yourself, your friends, and your family can help you cope with stress. Helping others cope with their stress can also make your community stronger.

Things you can do to support yourself
•Take breaks from watching, reading, or listening to news stories, including social media. Hearing about the pandemic repeatedly can be upsetting.
•Take care of your body. Take deep breaths, stretch, or meditate. Try to eat healthy, well-balanced meals, exercise regularly, get plenty of sleep, and avoid alcohol and drugs.
•Make time to unwind. Try to do some other activities you enjoy.
•Connect with others. Talk with people you trust about your concerns and how you are feeling.
•Call your healthcare provider if stress gets in the way of your daily activities for several days in a row.

Helpful Contacts & Other Information

Questions or concerns on COVID-19?

Call 2-1-1
Text "NJCOVID" to 898-211
Text your zip code to 898-211 for live text assistance
Visit Covid19.nj.gov
 
Looking for employment during COVID-19? 

The State of New Jersey has developed a centralized resource to match talent with opportunities in industries on the front lines of serving New Jerseyans during the outbreak. Did you lose your job or have your hours reduced as a result of COVID-19? Businesses across New Jersey need thousands of workers for immediate hire. Learn more about who is hiring in your community here: jobs.covid19.nj.gov/


3/20/2020 

As of 4:00 PM, Friday, March 20, 2020, Hamilton Township has three (3) positive cases of COVID-19 (Coronavirus), a 48-year-old male, a 28-year-old female, and a 63-year-old male. Additionally, there are eight (8) residents who have test results pending. For more information on these three cases and the process which Hamilton Township's Health Department will follow, please visit http://www.hamiltonnj.com/news/?FeedID=3491

Ecological Facility to Re-Open

The Hamilton Township Ecological Facility will reopen to Hamilton Township residents on Monday, March 23rd at 8am. Until further notice, residents may drop off household recycling and brush ONLY. At this time, contractors will not be allowed to enter the Facility. Upon arrival, a form of identification will be REQUIRED. This policy will be strictly enforced. We ask that residents please cooperate with physical distancing guidelines, as employees will be keeping a six-foot distance between themselves and residents.

Event Cancellations

 

The following Township Events have been CANCELLED:

  • The Bromley Center Clean Up Day

  • The Bromley Center Easter Egg Hunt    

  • Hamilton Township Parks Are Open

While our Township Parks remain open, we are strongly encouraging residents to use caution when utilizing playground equipment. COVID-19 can live on surfaces, including playground equipment, for several hours, and the Township is unable to regularly disinfect all equipment.

You can still have fun outside and maintain safe physical distancing! Being outside is a great way to help reduce stress and take your mind off of other restrictions that are in place. We welcome the continued use of our parks by passive activity such as walking, running or biking!

 

Beware of Potential Scammers

Please be advised that numerous scams have begun to surface surrounding the COVID-19 Pandemic

While no reports of these scams have been identified in Hamilton Township, potential scam tactics may include:

  • Persons going door to door posed as Center for Disease Control Personnel

  • Phone calls or emails phishing for personal information needed to process a government relief check

  • Various other donation scams requesting money to find a cure for COVID-19 other fake charitable causes

    Remember:

    NEVER give out personal information over the phone or through an email

    NEVER donate money to organizations you are not familiar with

    NEVER allow strangers into your house unless they have the property ID or authority

    Report any suspicious activity to the Hamilton Township Police Department

 

Helpful Contacts & Other Information

*The federal government has moved Tax Day to July 15th without interest or penalties

*The State initiated an Administrative Order yesterday mandating the indefinite closure of all personal care businesses which cannot comply with social distancing guidelines, including barber shops, hair salons, spas, nail and eyelash salons, tattoo parlors, among others—and social clubs.

* Residents with questions or concern about COVID-19 can call 2-1-1. This is to supplement, not replace, the existing COVID-19 hotline, 1-800-222-1222

* Text NJCOVID to 898-211 to receive information via text and stay informed through the State

* For unemployment, Sick Leave, Family Leave Insurance visit www.nj.gov/labor

*Additionally, here are phone numbers that may be of assistance at the State level
      * Temporary Disability & Family Leave Insurance 
          Phone: (609) 292-7060     
     * Unemployment

        Central NJ Phone: (732) 761-2020

 

We urge everyone to continue to support our local businesses and merchants, the backbone of our community. Continue to check on the elderly and anyone else you believe might need a helping hand. Stop the spread of germs by remembering to wash your hands and practice social distancing. Together we will prevail, we are #HamiltonProud

3/19/2020 - COVID-19 UPDATE

As of 4PM, Thursday, March 19, 2020, Hamilton Township has two positive cases of COVID-19 (Coronavirus), a 48 year-old male and a 28 year-old female.  For more information on these two cases and the process which Hamilton Township's Health Department will follow, please visit http://www.hamiltonnj.com/news/?FeedID=3491

 

Additional Information

While our Township Parks remain open, we are strongly encouraging residents to use caution when utilizing playground equipment and continue to practice social distancing, even when outside.

Please be advised that as of Thursday March 19, 2020 the Mercer County Board of Elections has postponed all election board worker training classes for the upcoming Primary Election in June until further notice. Please visit the Mercer County Government for future updates.

Census 2020

The Census 2020 is happening NOW! The census provides critical data that is directly connected to federal funding, the number of seats each state has in the House of Representatives, and is used to draw congressional and state legislative districts.

Homes began receiving their invitation to respond to the 2020 Census between March 12-20. These official mailings include detailed information and a Census ID for completing the census online. You can complete your questionnaire online, by phone, or by mail. Visit www.my2020census.gov  to begin!

Coping with Social Distancing and Isolation During COVID-19 

Dealing with Stress

The outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) may be stressful for people. Fear and anxiety about a disease can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions in adults and children. Coping with stress will make you, the people you care about, and your community stronger.

Everyone reacts differently to stressful situations.  How you respond to the outbreak can depend on your background, the things that make you different from other people, and the community you live in.

People who may respond more strongly to the stress of a crisis include:

  • Older people and people with chronic diseases who are at higher risk for COVID-19

  • Children and teens

  • People who are helping with the response to COVID-19, like doctors and other health care providers, or first responders

  • People who have mental health conditions including problems with substance use

     

Taking care of yourself, your friends, and your family can help you cope with stress. Helping others cope with their stress can also make your community stronger.

Things you can do to support yourself

  • Take breaks from watching, reading, or listening to news stories, including social media. Hearing about the pandemic repeatedly can be upsetting.
  • Take care of your body. Take deep breaths, stretch, or meditate. Try to eat healthy, well-balanced meals, exercise regularly, get plenty of sleep, and avoid alcohol and drugs.
  • Make time to unwind. Try to do some other activities you enjoy.
  • Connect with others. Talk with people you trust about your concerns and how you are feeling.

Call your healthcare provider if stress gets in the way of your daily activities for several days in a row.

Helpful Contacts

* Residents with questions or concern about COVID-19 can call 2-1-1. This is to supplement, not replace, the existing COVID-19 hotline, 1-800-222-1222

* Text NJCOVID to 898-211 to receive information via text and stay informed through the State

* For unemployment, Sick Leave, Family Leave Insurance visit www.nj.gov/labor

*Additionally, here are phone numbers that may be of assistance at the State level
      * Temporary Disability & Family Leave Insurance 
          Phone: (609) 292-7060     
     * Unemployment

        Central NJ Phone: (732) 761-2020

 

We urge everyone to continue to support our local businesses and merchants, the backbone of our community. Continue to check on the elderly and anyone else you believe might need a helping hand. Stop the spread of germs by remembering to wash your hands and practice social distancing. Together we will prevail, we are #HamiltonProud

3/18/2020 - COVID-19 UPDATE

As of 4:30PM, Wednesday, March 18th, 2020, Hamilton Township has two positive cases of COVID-19 (Coronavirus), a 48 year-old male and a 28 year-old female. For more information on these two cases and the process which Hamilton Township's Health Department will follow, please click here.

Watch Today's Radio Segment:

Today, Mayor Jeff Martin, Superintendent Dr. Scott Rocco and our Health Director Kathleen Fitzgerald recorded on WBCB1490 a helpful 1 hour segment on COVID-19 as it pertains to our area by clicking here. 

Additional Information
Township Event Updates:
* Effective March 20, 2020 the CYO Bromley Center hours of operation will be as follows: Tuesdays and Thursday during normal Food Pantry distribution hours. Please visit http://www.cyobromley.org for more information
* Azalea Festival has been canceled

Helpful Contacts:
* For unemployment, Sick Leave, Family Leave Insurance visit www.nj.gov/labor
*Additionally, here are phone numbers that may be of assistance at the State level
* Temporary Disability & Family Leave Insurance
Phone: (609) 292-7060
* Unemployment - Central NJ Phone: (732) 761-2020

 

Today Hamilton Township's Office of Emergency Management, alongside Mayor Martin, issued the following Emergency Executive Order. To read the entire document click here. 


We urge everyone to continue to support our local businesses and merchants, the backbone of our community. Continue to check on the elderly and anyone else you believe might need a helping hand. Stop the spread of germs by remembering to wash your hands and practice social distancing. Together we will prevail, we are #HamiltonProud


UPDATE - March 17, 2020

As of 5pm on Tuesday, March 17, 2020, there are no residents that have tested positive for COVID-19 (coronavirus).

Please join Mayor Jeff Martin and Superintendent of Hamilton Schools Dr. Scott Rocco tomorrow at 11am on WBCB 1490AM radio for a live update on COVID-19 prevention efforts in Hamilton. View Live through Facebook at www.facebook.com/WBCB1490 or listen on the radio at 5:00PM at www.wbcb1490.com

Need to drop something off to the Municipal Building? The Township has established 3 drop boxes for residents to deliver what they need while offices are closed. Boxes are located outside of our Health Department, Courts, and next to the municipal building entrance closest to Sculptors Way.

Township Event Updates:

  • All tours at the John Abbott House Museum have been postponed until further notice

  • The Hamilton Stream and Land Cleanup scheduled for April 4th is canceled. The Hamilton Environmental Commission greatly appreciates the interest and support that the community has shown in supporting this effort. 

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Our businesses and their employees are a vital part of our community. The following are websites that can provide assistance: 

 

For sick leave, family leave and unemployment questions: 

NJ Department of Labor  

www.nj.gov/labo

For business questions:  

US Small Business Administration 

www.SBA.gov

New Jersey Business Action Center 

https://www.nj.gov/njbusiness/

 

UPDATE - March 16, 2020

As of 2:30pm on Monday, March 16th 2020, there are no residents that have tested positive for COVID-19 (coronavirus).

Township Event Updates:
•The 2020 State of Hamilton Township Address has been POSTPONED until further notice
•Beginning tomorrow, March 17th, the Library will be limiting their hours of phone and online service to 9am-5pm, Monday through Saturday
•The Bromley Spring Clean Up has been POSTPONED to Saturday, March 28th 2020 from 9am-noon. Additionally, the Bromley Center will be suspending the following programs: Head Start Pre-School, the Teen Center, and Computer Lab. They will, however, continue to distribute food. Please visit http://www.cyobromley.org/ for more information
•Saturday and Sunday tours at the Kuser Mansion have been temporarily suspended

Per Executive Order 104 (https://nj.gov/infobank/eo/056murphy/pdf/EO-104.pdf), Governor Murphy has imposed the following restrictions:

•Closure of ALL pre-K, K-12 schools, colleges, and universities beginning 3/18
•Closure of ALL casinos, racetracks, theaters, gyms
•Closure of ALL non-essential retail, recreational, & entertainment businesses after 8:00 PM
•Banning gatherings of 50+

All bars and restaurants are closed for eat-in services effective 8:00 PM tonight. After 8:00 PM, these establishments may open for takeout and delivery services ONLY, until further notice. These restrictions exist during daytime hours.

All pre-K through grade 12 schools (public, private, and parochial) and all colleges and universities will close effective Wednesday, March 18th until it’s deemed by health officials to be safe for in-person classes to resume.

Starting tonight, all non-essential and non-emergency travel in New Jersey is strongly discouraged between the hours of 8:00 PM AND 5:00 AM. This will remain in effect for the foreseeable future.

Essential businesses which are necessary for the public’s health, safety, and welfare – like supermarkets and grocery stores, pharmacies, medical offices, and gas stations – may remain open past 8:00 PM.

Effective 8:00 PM tonight, all movie theaters, gyms, casinos, and racetracks will close entirely until it is deemed safe for their reopening. Online gaming will continue.

Effective tonight, all other non-essential retail, recreational, and entertainment businesses MUST CLOSE after 8:00 PM. During daytime hours, these businesses may remain open if they limit their occupancy to no more than 50 persons and adhere to social distancing guidelines.

All gatherings of over 50 individuals are CANCELED effective 8:00 PM tonight.

Please continue to support our local businesses and merchants as they are a critical part of our community. Check on the elderly and anyone else you believe might need a helping hand. Help stop the spread of germs by remembering to wash your hands and practice social distancing. We will get through this together. We are #HamiltonProud

UPDATE - March 15, 2020

Hamilton Township is closely monitoring and following recommendations of the County, State, and National health organizations, as well as local Emergency Services organizations, regarding the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic.

Out of an abundance of caution, the Township will remain open, but its staff will be exercising social distance by limiting public interaction. Effective Monday, March 16, 2020, all Township facilities, including the Municipal Building and the Court, will be closed to the public.

Documents and applications, including fees/payments and tax payments, should be mailed to the respective department. The use of online services is strongly encouraged. The deadline for renewing or obtaining dog licenses has been extended until further notice. For inspections, contact the construction office at (609) 890-3666 for more information.

The Mercer County Nutrition Program is still available for pick-up only at the Senior Center. If you know senior in need of meals or other services, please call the senior Center at (609) 890-3686.

Effective Monday, March 16, 2020 the Hamilton Township Public Library will be closed to the public. Fines and fees will be waived during this time.

This afternoon Trenton Water Works (TWW) announced effective immediately, TWW is suspending some of its operations. While water filtration will continue to operate normally, several other services will stop, including hydrant inspection, in-home lead service replacements, seasonal meter installations, backflow-prevention inspections, water shutoffs, and door-to-door, water-service pipe material surveying. The two Lead Service Line Replacement Program contract vendors, Spiniello Companies and South State, Inc., will only do lead service replacements at homes within the TWW system that already have copper or plastic.

TWW has closed the Cortland Street operations center to the general public, suspending for two weeks all in-person transactions at the Customer Service counter. Water-service interruptions that were done prior to our operations suspension will be reviewed for restoration on a case-by-case basis. TWW will continue its protocols for emergency response, and a standby technician will remain on call 24/7 as is our standard operating procedure. Our customer service number at (609) 989-3055 will continue to be available to our customers for routine account inquiries.

As always, we will keep you informed of all releasable information regarding COVID-19 as quickly as possible.

UPDATE #2 - March 14, 2020

Just recently we were made aware of a presumptive positive case of an individual associated with Mercer Elementary School, part of the Mercer County Special Services School District. 

The individual lives outside Mercer County and therefore, it is not a Mercer County case. However, the Hamilton Health Department is awaiting a list of Hamilton residents with whom this individual has been in contact. We will begin reaching out to those individuals once we receive their names and contact information.

As always, we will keep you informed of all releasable information as quickly as possible. 

Mercer County Special Services School District Letter

UPDATE - March 14, 2020

As of 6:30 PM, there are no known cases of COVID-19 (coronavirus) reported in Hamilton Township.

Altice USA (better known to residents as Optimum), announced that for for households with K-12 and/or college students who may be displaced due to school closures and who do not currently have home internet access, are being offered Altice Advantage 30 Mbps broadband solution for free for 60 days to any new customer household within their service region.  Starting Monday, March 16, 2020, eligible households interested in this solution can call 866-200-9522 to enroll.

UPDATE # 2 - March 13, 2020

As of 8:30 PM, the NJ Supreme Court has officially canceled all court sessions for the next two weeks effective Monday, March 16, 2020.

UPDATE - March 13, 2020:

As of 5:00 PM,  there are no known COVID-19 (coronavirus) cases reported in Hamilton Township.

Earlier today the Hamilton Township School District announced that beginning on Monday, March 16, 2020, students will no longer report to their school buildings, rather they will be provided their education in their home setting. HTSD expects this remote learning plan to be in effect for a minimum of two weeks (through March 27, 2020).  Please find a copy of the HTSD remote learning plan letter from Dr. Rocco here.


Message from the Hamilton Township Council

In response to the ongoing public health crisis, the Hamilton Township Council will be adopting the following measures to protect the public at the upcoming Council meeting on March 17, 2020.  We are making additional options for public participation in our meeting available to you.  While everyone is still welcome to attend our Council meeting Tuesday, residents are strongly encouraged to stay home and attend the meeting and comment to Council via a special telephone conference call.  Anyone wishing to make a statement on a specific agenda item may do so by phone or in person.  For those that want to stay home, we will be making full participation in the meeting available via telephone conference. 

Council will be limiting agenda items to those actions which required public notice or those of a time-sensitive nature.  Other actions will be postponed.  The Board of Health meeting will be postponed.  The Director of Health will post a message (or messages) with updates until such time as we are able to reschedule the Board of Health meeting.    Any members of the public wishing to attend this meeting will be asked to present valid ID.  We will record the name, address and phone number of anyone attending in person so that we can contact everyone in the event of a COVID-19 infection related to this meeting.

More details, including call-in information will follow.

If your organization is canceling or postponing a bingo or raffle event due to COVID-19, please be advised that an amendment form is required in order to effectuate the change. Contact the Municipal Clerk's Office at 609-890-3620 to obtain the necessary form and instructions on how process your amendment. 

UPDATE - March 12, 2020:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Hamilton Mayor Jeff Martin Statement

On Township COVID-19 Response

Hamilton, NJ - Hamilton Township Mayor Jeff Martin provided the following update to residents regarding Hamilton Township’s response to COVID-19. 

“As of 3 pm on March 12, 2020, there are NO presumptive positive cases in Hamilton Township.  However, given the fluid situation, the township is taking the following steps to reduce potential exposure to our residents and employees:

With thanks to the St. Patrick’s Day Parade committee to their shared concern for the safety of our residents and employees, the Hamilton St. Patrick’s Day Parade, scheduled for Saturday, March 14, 2020, is postponed to a date to be determined;

Our Municipal Court will be limiting the number of cases heard each day and is requesting only the Defendant, and their attorney, appear to the Court;

Our Municipal Library is cancelling all meeting events at the library, is increasing cleaning, is cancelling some book sales, and is considering other actions as well;

Our Senior Center is cancelling all activities at the center, but will remain open to seniors to pick up their meals through the Mercer County Nutrition Program;

Our State of the Township, scheduled for Thursday, March 19, 2020 is postponed; our Municipal Job Fair scheduled for Tuesday, March 31, 2020 is cancelled; and other non-essential Township events or meetings will be cancelled or postponed as well; and  

The Township is permitting any employee with a doctor’s note directing they, or a family member they care for, to be quarantined without the use of sick time so as to limit the spread to any other employees.

As any additional cancellations, postponements, or other service disruptions are decided, we will continue to post those items to our Township website, social media pages and email system.  Hamilton Township government remains open and is here to serve our residents.

We also want to thank Dr. Scott Rocco, Superintendent of the Hamilton Township School District, and his staff for their collaboration in providing updates to us and to our residents.” 

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UPDATE #2 - March 11, 2020:

As of 4:00 PM there are no known COVID-19 (coronavirus) cases reported in Hamilton Township.

Below is the statement released by Robbinsville Township Office of Emergency Management with more details on the presumptive positive case of an employee of Mercer Bucks Cardiology- Jefferson University Hospitals located at 1 Union Street in Robbinsville.

STATEMENT FROM THE ROBBINSVILLE TOWNSHIP OFFICE OF EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT

On Tuesday, March 10, 2020, Robbinsville Township and the West Windsor Health Department released a statement informing the community of an active public health investigation involving an office site located in Robbinsville Township.

A non-government employee of that office, which is not a municipal building, tested presumptive positive for COVID-19 (coronavirus). Test results from the New Jersey State lab are deemed presumptive until confirmed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The West Windsor Health Department, which serves Robbinsville, is working with other health agencies in investigating a clearly defined group of people who came in contact with this individual, who is an employee of Mercer Bucks Cardiology-Jefferson University Hospitals at 1 Union Street in Robbinsville.

The male individual, who recently traveled to Italy, was asymptomatic when he returned to the workplace for one day on March 3, 2020. On March 4, the individual developed mild symptoms and did not return to the workplace. The practice closed the office immediately, advised staff to self-quarantine at home and implemented an enhanced cleaning process. The office remains closed.

The West Windsor Health Department was notified of the presumptive positive test result on Tuesday, March 10 and immediately took appropriate protective measures to prevent the spread of the virus. As an added precaution, building management is currently performing enhanced cleaning of the building’s common areas.

The Robbinsville OEM, Robbinsville Township Mayor Dave Fried and the West Windsor Township Health Department are dedicated to stopping the spread of COVID-19 and are working with dedicated teams of local, state and federal officials to ensure a safe community.

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We will continue to update the residents of Hamilton Township on the status of COVID-19 in our area. At this time, there is no need to panic and the risk of contracting the virus, especially with proper preventative measures, remains low.  Remember to clean and wash your hands often and if you are feeling sick, stay home.  For updated information please continue to monitor our website or call the NJ Department of Health 24-Hour Hotline at 1-800-222-1222.

 

UPDATE - March 11, 2020:

Yesterday evening, Hamilton Township was made aware of the presumptive positive case of COVID-19 (coronavirus) identified inside a professional office in Robbinsville. Mayor Martin, the Board of Health, and the Department of Public Health want to assure you that we share your concerns and have been, and will continue to, take proactive steps to prevent the spread here locally.

The Township is conducting daily meetings on the status of any potential cases of COVID-19 in Mercer County and their potential impact on our schools, daycares, businesses and scheduled public events, such as the St. Patrick’s Day parade. We are diligently working with State and Federal Health Officials to provide you with the most current and accurate information and will continue to keep you updated as more information is available.  

At this time, there is no need to panic and the risk of contracting the virus, especially with proper preventative measures, remains low.  Remember to clean and wash your hands often and if you are feeling sick, stay home.  For updated information please continue to monitor our website or call the NJ Department of Health 24-Hour Hotline at 1-800-222-1222.


ORIGINAL INFORMATION:

As of March 10, 2020 the Senior Center has cancelled the Mercer County Nutrition Congregate Meal Program within the facility. However, registered participants will be instructed how they can receive a box meal which will be provided by the County. In addition, we have cancelled all programs and activities at the senior center with some exceptions. This policy is in effect through March 22, 2020.