COVID-19 letter from Mayor Blackman
Dear Town of Dover Residents and Businesses Owners,
The health and well-being of our community is a top priority for my Administration. Thank you for your patience and support as we send out new information about the Coronavirus (COVID-19) as it is shared by the New Jersey Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control.
We recognize that this is a potentially stressful and extremely difficult time for everyone, and we know the wellbeing of family and friends is of utmost importance in everyone’s mind.
To proactively prevent the spread of COVID-19, we have deemed it in the best interest of the community to temporarily suspend all town-sponsored events and gatherings. Beginning Saturday, March 14, 2020 the events scheduled through the Division of Recreation are all canceled until further notice. We strongly encourage all independent sponsored youth organizations such as soccer, baseball and any other youth sports activities to consider suspending activities as appropriate. With the COVID-19 situation evolving worldwide, the Town may decide to expand the suspension to include other private entities and organizations.
In the meantime, we encourage all community members to keep safe and to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses including COVID-19 by utilizing the following hygienic best practices:
• Wash hands frequently,
• Cover your mouth with a bent elbow when coughing or sneezing
• Avoid touching your face with your hands
• Avoid close contact with those who are sick
• Stay home if you’re sick
• Maintain a safe social distance
Call your health practitioner before going to the hospital if you have COVID-19 symptoms.
The Town will work to maintain staffing levels and provide essential services while planning for several impact scenarios. The Town has been working closely with our Health Officer and OEM Staff and maintaining close communication with County and State officials to continue to safeguard our community from COVID-19 risks.
If you find yourself in need of emergency assistance, please call the hotline number at 1-800-222-1222 trained healthcare professionals are standing by to answer your call 24/7.
The New Jersey Department of Human Services operates a toll free “warm line” which is a resource for people seeking mental health service. The warm line is activated during events that impact the mental health of New Jersey residents. The warm line is available 24 hours and has language access; dial (877) 294-help (4357).
Additionally – here are some links to the New Jersey Department of Health which provide updates and useful information.
We remain vigilant and will continue to send out updates as they become available, or as necessary; we will fight hard to protect the health of our residents, visitors and employees. We ask that everyone remains calm and informed on the facts regarding this matter.
The Town’s website will continue to be updated periodically as new information is made available from the State Department of Health and CDC. Please continue to visit our website at www.dover.nj.us
In addition, we will continue to keep our residents updated with any critical information updates via our “Smart911 Notification System.” (English and Spanish). Visit our Town website to enroll in our Smart911 Notification System.
Mayor, Carolyn Blackman