COVID-19 Information and News
Due to the current vaccine shortage, the clinics held by West Windsor Health Department and other municipal health departments in Mercer County, will be placed on a temporary hold effective February 13, 2021. The State has determined that centralized county-based clinics have been determined to be the best strategy to move forward. Once the supply increases to meet the demand, West Windsor Health Department is prepared to stand up local clinics to help vaccinate those residents who face challenges in receiving care at the larger regional sites. In the meantime, our local health departments will continue to support the vaccination efforts underway by assisting the county at the Mercer County Community College (MCCC) vaccination site. Mercer County has also partnered with Capital Health Systems to operate a vaccination clinic at the CURE arena. Appointments are required at both sites through NJVSS. Learn more by visiting: http://www.mercercounty.org/departments/division-of-public-health/coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19/covid-19-vaccination
Second Dose Vaccinations.
Individuals who received a first dose vaccination at a municipal clinic will be scheduled automatically into a second dose clinic at the same location. The temporary hold on municipal clinics does not apply to 2nd dose clinics.
Existing Wait Lists. The existing wait lists maintained by local health departments in Mercer have not been abandoned. Eligible residents who have pre-registered with the municipality will be scheduled into a portion of the appointments at one of the two county-facilitated vaccination sites; MCCC and the Cure Arena. Some appointments are reserved each week to drawl down on these lists, but it will take weeks or more to vaccinate everyone currently included. New additions to the wait lists are not available. It is important to understand that wait lists may prioritize the oldest residents and those unable to navigate larger venues. Please be patient and do not flood the phone lines and emails of our local health agencies with inquiries about your position on the list or wait times. We are unable to provide this feedback. You will be contacted once an appointment is available.
Registering for Vaccination. Everyone seeking vaccination is strongly encouraged to use the State’s centralized registration and take the first appointment offered to you. Mercer County vaccination sites and various sites throughout the state will be using the NJVSS system.
Registration for the New Jersey Vaccination Scheduling System is available at: https://covidvaccine.nj.gov
Are you having technical trouble with the NJVSS Registration? Complete the help form at: https://covid19.nj.gov/forms/vaccine/vss-feedback
Hotline for help using NJVSS 1-855-568-0545
Additional Vaccination Sites.
There are some local healthcare providers that offer vaccinations such as urgent cares, hospitals and pharmacies. These sites may use a separate registration process. Please check with individual sites for details.
A complete list of New Jersey COVID-19 Vaccination Sites is at: https://covid19.nj.gov/pages/covid-19-vaccine-locations-for-eligible-recipients
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COVID-19 Cases Reported in West Windsor Residents 994
Recent Activity over previous 14 days 20
February 19, 2021 through February 26, 2021(4:00 pm)
The COVID-19 case counts reported above are current as of February 26, 2021. Please be assured that the Health Department is monitoring for case reports seven days a week and will initiate immediate investigations, inform close contacts, and take recommended public health actions to help prevent further spread of illness in the community. Individuals are cleared from isolation once their symptoms resolve and they are at least 10 days beyond the date of symptom onset and 24 hours fever-free and symptoms have improved. The first case of COVID-19 in a West Windsor resident was reported on March 19, 2020.
If you have tested positive and have not been contacted by the Health Department, it is likely due to delayed or lack of reporting by the testing facility where your test was performed. You are encouraged to contact our office to discuss important precautions to help prevent the further spread of illness to those around you. Our office can be reached at 609-936-8400.
People infected with COVID-19 experience a range of symptoms from mild to severe and some are even asymptomatic. COVID-19 symptoms may appear in as few as two days or as long as 14 days following exposure. Even though a person is asymptomatic or pre-symptomatic, they may still be capable of transmitting the virus to others. The existence of pre-symptomatic or asymptomatic transmission during the current COVID-19 pandemic presents challenges for contact tracing. This is one of the reasons that public health officials continue to urge our residents to be diligent and adhere to preventative measures: wear a mask, avoid crowds, practice social distancing, and wash your hands often. It’s very important to stay home and prevent passing the virus to others when you are ill, have been exposed to an ill person or have traveled in the previous 14 days. Avoid all non-essential travel. Keep your circle of contacts small and consistent. Stay informed and monitor trusted sources of information for COVID-19 guidance. Please cooperate with public health officials in contact tracing efforts and help stop the spread of disease in our community.
Question of the week: If I am fully vaccinated for COVID-19 do I still need to avoid non-essential travel and follow quarantine recommendations?
Answer: YES. At this time, the recommendations to avoid non-essential travel and adherence to testing/quarantine guidelines both pre and post travel, remain in effect regardless of vaccination status.
Vaccine has been received by acute care hospitals, local health departments and additional providers across New Jersey and vaccination of our frontline healthcare workers and first responders is underway. New Jersey’s plan for distribution calls for a phased approach which prioritizes healthcare workers and residents of long term care facilities during the initial rollout. Recently, the state has expanded the list of people eligible for vaccination. Currently, the local demand for vaccine far exceeds the amount of vaccine shipped to local health department to offer clinics. New vaccination sites will be opening in our area over the coming days. Please be patient and monitor for updates on the state and local health department websites. The West Windsor Health Department will offer clinics for eligible individuals as we receive vaccine shipments and we will continue to work in partnership with local health departments in our area to host regional clinics as the vaccine supplies increase. Please monitor the Township webpage at www.westwindsornj.org over the coming weeks for updates on local clinic options. Residents are strongly encouraged to register at www.covid19.nj.gov/vaccine to learn about clinics offered by healthcare providers throughout our region.
- Any member of the public attending in-person any Township public meeting and/or public hearing must read and abide by the COVID-19 meeting guidelines and must also complete and bring with them a COVID-19 Questionnaire
- 24-Hour Public Hotline: 1-800-222-1222 or visit: covid19.nj.gov
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CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION – COVID- 2019 - STAY INFORMED
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Preparing for Community Spread of Coronavirus https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/preparing-individuals-communities.html
24-Hour Public Hotline Coronavirus 1-800-222-1222
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As businesses and workplaces reopen, many are wondering how to assess their risk for contracting COVID-19 in specific situations. There are several factors to consider and the link below provides a clear explanation.
Thank you Mercer Mask Project
11,349 MASKS and 660 GOWNS - handmade and donated to front line workers as of May 6, 2020!
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- Governor's Outreach Team Update for Mayor's 3/25/2020
- West Windsor Township has temporarily suspended the pick-up of Weekly White Goods/Appliances by the Department of Public Works (posted 3/24/20)
- COVID Council Letter to Residents 3-23-20
- Waste Management Bulk Pickup Suspension
- Soliciting Medical Supplies Donations
- COVID Update 3-21-20
- COVID Update 3-20-20
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- NOTICE OF PARK CLOSURES FOR COVID-19 SOCIAL DISTANCING PRECAUTIONS:
West Windsor Township believes that residents should have access to parks during these difficult times. We also hold the health and well-being of our residents in high regard. To that end, effective immediately, all active Township park facilities will be closed until further notice. These areas include all playgrounds, fields, courts and dog parks. All passive areas will remain open at this time which include walking/biking paths and trails. We ask anyone utilizing our parks to practice social distancing as outlined by the CDC.
- Please continue to call 1-609-799-9068 to reach the Health Department.
- Heath Department is investigating the first case of COVID-19 - 3/19/20
- Public Health Update – COVID-19 – March 16, 2020
- NJ COVID-19 Case Counts
- Governor Murphy issues Executive Orders to address COVID-19
Restrictions - All bars, restaurants, gyms, movie theaters, and casinos in New Jersey (as well as New York and Connecticut) will be ordered to close at 8pm Monday, March 16, 2020 and will remain closed until further notice to protect against COVID-19. Restaurants and bars will be permitted to offer takeout and delivery. Supermarkets and pharmacies will be open. • All NJ public and private schools are to close on Wednesday, March 18, 2020 • Governor Murphy has announced that New Jersey is strongly discouraging residents from making non-essential travel between 8pm-5am.
- Mayors Update on Coronavirus 3/9/2020
March 4, 2020 - A message from Governor Murphy - Tonight, Acting Governor Lt. Governor Sheila Oliver and I are announcing the first presumptive positive case of novel coronavirus, or COVID-19, in New Jersey. The individual, a male in his 30s, is hospitalized in Bergen County and has been hospitalized since March 3rd.
We take this situation very seriously and have been preparing for this for weeks. I urge residents to remain calm.
The investigation is underway and more information will be released when it becomes available.
For more info: visit nj.gov/health call 1-800-222-1222