Good afternoon, I am Mayor Paul Medany, today is June 15th, 2020 on behalf of Deptford Township Council we are back with our regular update on information on our crisis situations.
So, in Deptford, statistically, let’s get to that first.
We have 520 cases total but keep in mind 409 are from our long term care facilities. Gloucester County has 2,423 and New Jersey has 167,103.
Deptford Township residents and visitors have done an excellent job stopping the spread of this virus. Thank you, Deptford residents and our visitors, and please keep it up.
These videos have been providing information and communication through all of the crisis situations. Council’s job is to ensure the health, safety, and welfare of all residents and hopefully that’s what we’re doing for you. We want you to know we are listening to the issues surrounding us. It has been a most challenging year, but we are taking action and we keep moving forward.
It is becoming very easy to forget that the disease is still among us. To keep us in a safe place we simply have to follow all the rules.
Keep in mind scientists are still studying this and there are still many unanswered questions at this point about it. What most science has determined is the disease spreads mostly by droplets from talking, sneezing, and coughing. That is why we are asking you to please maintain your six foot distance and wear a mask.
The story here is this. We must get back to a normalized society and that society is going to have to behave differently.
That behavior will include masks, hand sanitizers, staying a distance from others, no close talking, no hugging, no shaking hands, no touching your face, all of this to prevent the disease from spreading.
All of those things are not that difficult, just please we have to change our behaviors, we just can’t say it enough.
But what doesn’t make sense is why a big box store has been allowed to remain open and is thriving when most other businesses are closed especially our Deptford mall?
Now we have been advocating, calling and writing for months for better answers about why this is happening and have not received a good explanation yet for this contradiction from the Governor’s office.
Now as far as what is open, what will be opening, and restrictions look on our website www.Deptford-nj.org.
Our Township building is now open with restrictions. Bars and restaurants are operating with restrictions. I know we all want to get out, we just have to use the guidelines. Hopefully playgrounds will open very soon.
And keep checking back on our website and Facebook for schedules of events and other openings around Deptford Township.
The complexities of local government can be very challenging. We have restrictions from the state. We have rules and regulations and mandates that we must follow. But our Council and administration is prepared for all these through training, education and especially experience.
On another note, yes there was a bear in the Oak Valley section yesterday, today is Monday, yesterday was Sunday. I guess it’s cute looking at pictures and maybe seeing it in person but there is a serious side to this. It is a wild animal and they can be very dangerous, as all wild animals can. You really have to be careful. Hopefully he won’t show up again, it is sad for the bear but please stay safe.
It has been an uplifting experience attending all the drive by birthday parties, we have actually had two 100 year old birthday parties in Deptford in the past month. So, happy birthday to everyone who missed their birthday party so far.
This week is graduation week for all of our school children from kindergarten through high school. High school graduation is especially bittersweet because they missed part of their final year and missed spending time with their classmates and their great educators.
Congratulations to all of our graduates and we wish you all the best.
Stay safe always, thank you Deptford for everything you’re doing and have done, we look forward to seeing you soon.
Contact the NJ Coronavirus Center hotline at 800-222-1222
Mayor Paul Medany & Township Council
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