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Pursuant to State of New Jersey Executive Order #107, all Leonia residents are ordered to stay at home, except for certain essential activities. See details under "news" section of home page.

Garbage/Recycling Pickup Update: Please note that the DPW pickup schedule has been changed until further notice. To view the schedule, please click here.

Town-wide Conference Call on Sunday, April 5, 2020 at 7:30 PM. Pre-registration is required; to register, visit https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7287349070091403788

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information

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This page will provide you with updated information on actions the Borough of Leonia is taking regarding the Coronavirus (formally known as COVID-19), as well as to provide you with important reminders and resources for you to utilize, and to share with your family and neighbors.

April 1, 2020 Updates

Fellow Leonians:

Some important updates today, as well as key reminders.  Don’t forget that all past daily messages are posted on the Borough’s website, with versions available in English, Korean and Spanish. You can find all of the information here: https://www.leonianj.gov/information-news/coronavirus-covid-19-information

I will be hosting another town-wide conference call on Sunday, April 5 at 7:30 PM. Preregistration is required; to register for the conference call, please visit https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7287349070091403788.  Once you’ve registered, you’ll receive a confirmation email, and will receive a customized link which will allow us to recognize individual attendees, during the Q&A period.

Leonia Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Ed Bertolini will join me on the call; we will provide updates regarding the current status of the COVID-19 pandemic, Leonia’s response, and school-related information. All Leonians are encouraged to join; in order to ensure that there is enough room for everyone, we request, if possible, one registration per household. You can join the discussion either via computer or phone, so multiple people in your home can participate via a single device.

Current Status

  • Current Cases: New Jersey, and Bergen County in particular, continue to see significant surges in positive cases.
    • New Jersey (22,255): As of this afternoon, there are 22,255 presumptive positive or positive cases in New Jersey; this represents an increase of 3,559 from yesterday.
    • Bergen County (3,494): Bergen County continues to report significant daily increases (even allowing for the receipt of mass testing results). The new total represents an increase of 585 cases vs. yesterday.
    • Leonia (33):  Today, we were advised that we have seven additional Leonia residents who have tested positive for COVID-19. Thus far, one Leonian in total has succumbed to the disease, and we continue to keep them, and their family, in our thoughts and prayers, and ask that all Leonia residents do the same.

To reiterate, experts have not yet determined when we will reach the peak; it certainly appears that we are in the surge, there is no consensus on when the true peak will be reached. It is imperative that everyone follow the proper shelter in place, social distancing, and sanitary protocols, in order to slow the spread.

Updates/New Information

  • State Income Tax Filing Deadline Extension: Governor Murphy announced today the deadline to file New Jersey state income taxes has been extended to July 15 (consistent with the Federal income tax extension). Of course, you can file at any time before that date.
  • DPW Schedule – Thursday, April 2: As a reminder, we have moved to a temporary DPW schedule. On Thursday, April 2, there will be NO pickup of any kind. Residents MUST abide by all ordinances regarding when garbage and trash is placed outside of your homes for collection. Today, I saw several homes with large piles of trash on the curb outside of their homes, when the next pickup isn’t for ten days. Persistent non-compliance could lead to the issuance of summonses and fines.
  • Census 2020 – t's easy to forget about the 2020 Census with everything that is going on w/COVID-19. The funding that is being provided from the federal government to combat COVID-19 as well as our schools, roads and hospitals is based on the 2010 census data. The more Leonians who respond to the 2020 Census could increase Leonia’s ability to receive additional public funding. Please complete your census questionnaire by mail or phone, or by logging on to www.2020census.gov. It takes less than 10 minutes to complete. Informational FAQs can be found at: https://docs.google.com/document/d/11vjA4uj8jf-VW8w9qElAVJKRyc32e3yCnhq3RAL5eM4/edit?usp=sharing.

Important Information and Reminders

Following are important reminders and information:

  • Shelter in Place:  Mandatory for ALL residents, regardless of age, except for certain essential or permitted activities. Violators are subject to summons and/or criminal charges. Additional details can be found here: https://www.leonianj.gov/Home/Components/News/News/109/179
  • Exercise and Social Distancing: All Leonians are encouraged to get outside regularly, both for physical and mental well-being. If you choose to go for a walk or run with neighbors or friends, please remember all previously communicated social distancing protocols, and try to remain at least six feet away from non-household members at all times. Do NOT share sports equipment or toys with anyone outside of your household.
  • Leonia Cares Assistance Program Rollout: The Leonia Cares rollout is continuing. If you’d like to volunteer to be a Block Captain or Runner, please complete the interest form here: https://forms.gle/ykQZMLpK4jfJKRmj7. If you have already completed the volunteer form, but need to sign the waiver, you’ll find it here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1scsQp2QXdgaROiZ-XkoDoMsryE9wJiO3/view?usp=sharing.
  • Group Gatherings: There are to be absolutely no multi-household group gatherings of any kind, either inside or outside. Violators are subject to significant fines and/or other penalties. Please help keep everyone safe, and don’t participate in ANY group activities!
  • COVID-19 Information: As a reminder, all residents should only be getting information from reputable sources (which don’t include listservs, social media sites, emails from friends (unless you are friends with Dr. Fauci!), etc.). These are as follows:
  • Nixle Signup: Make sure that all Leonians are signed up to get the Nixle alert messages! To sign up, visit https://local.nixle.com/city/nj/leonia/, or text “07605” to 888777.

Your municipal government is working around the clock to ensure that the health and safety of all Leonia residents is protected to the greatest extent possible. Thank you for doing all that you can to assist, and for ensuring that we continue to display the community strength that makes Leonia such a special place to live.

 

Judah Zeigler

Mayor

Borough of Leonia

jzeigler@leonianj.gov

____________________________________________________________________________

March 31, 2020 Updates

Fellow Leonians:

Only a few updates today and of course, important reminders.  Don’t forget that all past daily messages are posted on the Borough’s website, with versions available in English, Korean and Spanish. You can find all of the information here: https://www.leonianj.gov/information-news/coronavirus-covid-19-information

Current Status

  • Current Cases: New Jersey, and Bergen County in particular, continue to see significant surges in positive cases.
    • New Jersey (18,696): As of this afternoon, there are 18,696 presumptive positive or positive cases in New Jersey; this represents an increase of 2,060 from yesterday.
    • Bergen County (2,909): Bergen County continues to report significant daily increases (even allowing for the receipt of mass testing results). The new total represents an increase of 427 cases vs. yesterday.
    • Leonia (26):  Today, we were advised that we have seven additional Leonia residents who have tested positive for COVID-19. Thus far, one Leonian in total has succumbed to the disease, and we continue to keep them, and their family, in our thoughts and prayers, and ask that all Leonia residents do the same.

To reiterate, experts have not yet determined when we will reach the peak, but most agree that it is at a point still several weeks away. It is imperative that everyone follow the proper shelter in place, social distancing, and sanitary protocols, in order to slow the spread.

“Bright Light” – Stories of Hope

As I either directly come across Leonians who are doing something special to help in this time of crisis, or I’m made aware of such actions, I’m going to include them here, because I think we all need a reminder that there are “bright lights” that always shine in our community, and should serve to give us all hope. If you’d like to share something you think should be highlighted, please email me; I’ll share these, as appropriate.

  • Caring in a Family’s Darkest Hour – Yesterday, I received an email from a Leonia resident who, along with his wife, owns a restaurant in a neighboring community. This Leonia resident had seen in my email that there had been a COVID-19 related death in our community, and reached out to me to offer to provide food for the victim’s family, either dropped off or, if the family preferred, to be picked up at the person’s restaurant. The resident who offered didn’t know the victim or their family, but, as he so eloquently put it, “we are all in it for one another.”

His generosity and selflessness quite literally brought tears to my eyes – his first thought wasn’t of himself, but instead, only about what he could to do help others in their darkest hour. I’d love to share his name with you, but need to protect his privacy (as he certainly didn’t make the offer to gain publicity). However, his action spoke to me and gave me even more faith than I already have – faith that if we pull together as neighbors and as a community, we will prevail over this enemy.

Updates/New Information

  • DPW Schedule – Wednesday, April 1: As a reminder, we have moved to a temporary DPW schedule. On Wednesday, April 1, commingled recycling (glass plastic) will be collected, town-wide.
  • Leonia Retirement Housing Complex Quarantine – Please note that, pursuant to the order of the Leonia Public Health Officer, and consistent with State of New Jersey Executive Order #107, the Leonia Retirement Housing Complex on Glenwood Ave. is under a quarantine until April 14, 2020. No visitors are permitted unless the visitor is deemed to be an essential caregiver, and in those cases, the essential caregiver must don a mask and disposable gloves prior to entering the resident’s apartment. Deliveries are to be left at the management office, for distribution by management staff to the recipient’s apartment. This action is being taken in order to ensure, to the greatest extent possible, that all residents of the Complex are kept healthy and safe.
  • Wearing Masks – Unfortunately, there continues to be conflicting messaging coming from many areas, including whether or not masks should be worn by asymptomatic individuals, when they are not in their homes. The World Health Organization, and the Centers for Disease Control, have not recommend that this measure be taken, and remind everyone that, even if someone properly dons a mask, if they aren’t also wearing proper eye protection, the degree of protection is significantly reduced. In addition, if those who do not have symptoms start to purchase masks for personal use, there will be further strain placed on an already critical shortage of masks for healthcare workers, first responders, and other essential workers who are doing everything possible to ensure health and safety.

Although guidance from the official health organizations will continue to evolve as more is learned about COVID-19, all residents are encouraged to follow social distancing guidelines and legally required shelter-in-place directives.

 

Important Information and Reminders

Following are important reminders and information:

  • Shelter in Place:  Mandatory for ALL residents, regardless of age, except for certain essential or permitted activities. Violators are subject to summons and/or criminal charges. Additional details can be found here: https://www.leonianj.gov/Home/Components/News/News/109/179
  • Exercise and Social Distancing: All Leonians are encouraged to get outside regularly, both for physical and mental well-being. If you choose to go for a walk or run with neighbors or friends, please remember all previously communicated social distancing protocols, and try to remain at least six feet away from non-household members at all times. Do NOT share sports equipment or toys with anyone outside of your household.
  • Mental Wellness Professionals Needed: As a reminder, we are creating a group of volunteer mental health professionals to assist in addressing the needs of Leonia residents. If you haven’t yet signed up, please visit the following link to volunteer your expertise: https://forms.gle/vizYpaXBNcucGqFP9.  We need a significant number of additional volunteers to make this initiative successful; please consider volunteering!
  • Leonia Cares Assistance Program Rollout: The Leonia Cares rollout is continuing. If you’d like to volunteer to be a Block Captain or Runner, please complete the interest form here: https://forms.gle/ykQZMLpK4jfJKRmj7. If you have already completed the volunteer form, but need to sign the waiver, you’ll find it here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1scsQp2QXdgaROiZ-XkoDoMsryE9wJiO3/view?usp=sharing.
  • Group Gatherings: There are to be absolutely no multi-household group gatherings of any kind, either inside or outside. Violators are subject to significant fines and/or other penalties. Please help keep everyone safe, and don’t participate in ANY group activities!
  • COVID-19 Information: As a reminder, all residents should only be getting information from reputable sources (which don’t include listservs, social media sites, emails from friends (unless you are friends with Dr. Fauci!), etc.). These are as follows:
  • Nixle Signup: Make sure that all Leonians are signed up to get the Nixle alert messages! To sign up, visit https://local.nixle.com/city/nj/leonia/, or text “07605” to 888777.

The number of cases in Leonia has more than doubled in the last 72 hours – and while this is certainly frightening, it is not at all unexpected. As the surge continues, we will unfortunately continue to see significant increases in the number of Leonians who are directly impacted by COVID-19. This is why it is so critically important to stay home and, when it is absolutely necessary to go out, observe proper social distancing protocols. Doing so WILL help flatten the curve, and will also save lives…perhaps even your own.

Your municipal government is working around the clock to ensure that the health and safety of all Leonia residents is protected to the greatest extent possible. Thank you for doing all that you can to assist.

 

Judah Zeigler

Mayor

Borough of Leonia

jzeigler@leonianj.gov

 

__________________________________________________________________________

March 30, 2020 Updates

Fellow Leonians:

Only a few updates today and of course, important reminders.  Don’t forget that all past daily messages are posted on the Borough’s website, with versions available in English, Korean and Spanish. You can find all of the information here: https://www.leonianj.gov/information-news/coronavirus-covid-19-information

Current Status

  • Current Cases: New Jersey, and Bergen County in particular, continue to see significant surges in positive cases; this is entirely as expected, and is similar (from the perspective of data trends) to New York (where many of our residents were commuting, prior to the executive order).
    • New Jersey (16,636): As of this afternoon, there are 16,636 presumptive positive or positive cases in New Jersey; this represents an increase of 3,250 from yesterday.
    • Bergen County (2,482): Bergen County continues to report significant daily increases (even allowing for the receipt of mass testing results). The new total represents an increase of 313 cases vs. yesterday.
    • Leonia (19):  Today, we were advised that we have four additional Leonia residents who have tested positive for COVID-19, and we are aware of several additional cases that have not yet made it in to the state communicable disease database. I am deeply saddened to report also that we have lost our first Leonia resident to COVID-19; While we can’t, for obvious reasons, share any details about the family of the individual, please nevertheless him that person, as well as their family, in your thought and prayers.

To reiterate, experts have not yet determined when we will reach the peak, but most agree that it is at a point still several weeks away. It is imperative that everyone follow the proper shelter in place, social distancing, and sanitary protocols, in order to slow the spread.

Updates/New Information

  • DPW Schedule – Tuesday, March 31: As a reminder, we have moved to a temporary DPW schedule. On Tuesday, March 31, household garbage will be picked up. Household garbage is only being picked up once a week, on Tuesdays.
  • Direct Assistant Payment Scams - BEWARE – Please be aware that some residents have been receiving phone calls from individuals claiming to represent various government agencies, and asking for personal information so that the individual being targeted can quickly get their Federal direct relief checks. The U.S. Government is utilizing IRS filing information from all taxpayers in order to determine eligibility of payments, as well as where these payments will be sent. Please do NOT give out any personal information to anyone who may try to call you about this, or any other assistance program.
  • Litter – We are seeing an increase in the amount of litter on Borough streets, especially items like disposable masks and gloves. All residents are requested to deposit all waste items into trash receptacles either in your home or on our main streets. Please do not simply throw items on the ground. If you come across litter and wish to pick it up, please ensure that you are ALWAYS wearing gloves when doing so, and please deposit it immediately in a waste receptable, also discarding the gloves you were wearing when picking up the litter items.

Important Information and Reminders

Following are important reminders and information:

  • Shelter in Place:  Mandatory for ALL residents, regardless of age, except for certain essential or permitted activities. Violators are subject to summons and/or criminal charges. Additional details can be found here: https://www.leonianj.gov/Home/Components/News/News/109/179
  • Exercise and Social Distancing: All Leonians are encouraged to get outside regularly, both for physical and mental well-being. If you choose to go for a walk or run with neighbors or friends, please remember all previously communicated social distancing protocols, and try to remain at least six feet away from non-household members at all times. Do NOT share sports equipment or toys with anyone outside of your household.
  • Mental Wellness Professionals Needed: As a reminder, we are creating a group of volunteer mental health professionals to assist in addressing the needs of Leonia residents. If you haven’t yet signed up, please visit the following link to volunteer your expertise: https://forms.gle/vizYpaXBNcucGqFP9.  We need a significant number of additional volunteers to make this initiative successful; please consider volunteering!
  • Leonia Cares Assistance Program Rollout: The Leonia Cares rollout is continuing. If you’d like to volunteer to be a Block Captain or Runner, please complete the interest form here: https://forms.gle/ykQZMLpK4jfJKRmj7. If you have already completed the volunteer form, but need to sign the waiver, you’ll find it here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1scsQp2QXdgaROiZ-XkoDoMsryE9wJiO3/view?usp=sharing.
  • Group Gatherings: There are to be absolutely no multi-household group gatherings of any kind, either inside or outside. Violators are subject to significant fines and/or other penalties. Please help keep everyone safe, and don’t participate in ANY group activities!
  • COVID-19 Information: As a reminder, all residents should only be getting information from reputable sources (which don’t include listservs, social media sites, emails from friends (unless you are friends with Dr. Fauci!), etc.). These are as follows:
  • Nixle Signup: Make sure that all Leonians are signed up to get the Nixle alert messages! To sign up, visit https://local.nixle.com/city/nj/leonia/, or text “07605” to 888777.

Hopefully we’ll start to see the sun again tomorrow – everyone should take the opportunity to get outside and get some exercise (yes – I’ll say it – remember to maintain proper social distancing!). Also, don’t forget to say “hi” to your neighbors if you see them outside, or via phone, text, email Facetime, Houseparty, Google Duo, Skype, or whatever other platform makes sense for you. Leonia is a tremendously strong community – so let’s use all of the tools at our disposal to make sure we stay that way!

As always, please know that every member of your municipal government, is working hard to ensure that everyone is staying healthy, safe and secure.

 

Judah Zeigler

Mayor

Borough of Leonia

jzeigler@leonianj.gov

 

_____________________________________________________________________________

March 29, 2020 Updates

Fellow Leonians:

Only a few updates today, as well as a correction to one piece of information and of course, important reminders.  Don’t forget that all past daily messages are posted on the Borough’s website, with versions available in English, Korean and Spanish. You can find all of the information here: https://www.leonianj.gov/information-news/coronavirus-covid-19-information

Current Status

  • Current Cases: New Jersey, and Bergen County in particular, continue to see significant surges in positive cases; this is entirely as expected, and is similar (from the perspective of data trends) to New York (where many of our residents were commuting, prior to the executive order).
    • New Jersey (13,386): As of this afternoon, there are 13,386 presumptive positive or positive cases in New Jersey; this represents an increase of 2,262 from yesterday.
    • Bergen County (2,169): Bergen County continues to report significant daily increases (even allowing for the receipt of mass testing results). The new total represents an increase of 331 cases vs. yesterday.
    • Leonia (15):  Today, we were advised that we have five additional Leonia residents who has tested positive for COVID-19, and we are aware of additional cases that have not yet made it in to the state communicable disease database. Again, most of the patients in Leonia are well under age of 60; this serves as a sobering reminder of the need for everyone, without exception, to follow the guidelines that have been established.

To reiterate, experts have not yet determined when we will reach the peak, but most agree that it is at a point still several weeks away. It is imperative that everyone follow the proper shelter in place, social distancing, and sanitary protocols, in order to slow the spread.

Updates/New Information

  • DPW Schedule – Monday, March 30: As a reminder, we have moved to a temporary DPW schedule. On Monday, March 30, there will be trash pickup, town-wide.

  • New Jersey State Income Tax Filing Deadline – CORRECTION: The deadline to file New Jersey State income taxes is currently April 15, 2020; while it is anticipated that this deadline will be extended, the Governor has not yet confirmed this.  

Important Information and Reminders

Following are important reminders and information:

  • Shelter in Place:  Mandatory for ALL residents, regardless of age, except for certain essential or permitted activities. Violators are subject to summons and/or criminal charges. Additional details can be found here: https://www.leonianj.gov/Home/Components/News/News/109/179
  • Exercise and Social Distancing: All Leonians are encouraged to get outside regularly, both for physical and mental well-being. If you choose to go for a walk or run with neighbors or friends, please remember all previously communicated social distancing protocols, and try to remain at least six feet away from non-household members at all times. Do NOT share sports equipment or toys with anyone outside of your household.
  • Mental Wellness Professionals Needed: As a reminder, we are creating a group of volunteer mental health professionals to assist in addressing the needs of Leonia residents. If you haven’t yet signed up, please visit the following link to volunteer your expertise: https://forms.gle/vizYpaXBNcucGqFP9.  We need a significant number of additional volunteers to make this initiative successful; please consider volunteering!
  • Leonia Cares Assistance Program Rollout: The Leonia Cares rollout is continuing. If you’d like to volunteer to be a Block Captain or Runner, please complete the interest form here: https://forms.gle/ykQZMLpK4jfJKRmj7. If you have already completed the volunteer form, but need to sign the waiver, you’ll find it here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1scsQp2QXdgaROiZ-XkoDoMsryE9wJiO3/view?usp=sharing.
  • Group Gatherings: There are to be absolutely no multi-household group gatherings of any kind, either inside or outside. Violators are subject to significant fines and/or other penalties. Please help keep everyone safe, and don’t participate in ANY group activities!
  • COVID-19 Information: As a reminder, all residents should only be getting information from reputable sources (which don’t include listservs, social media sites, emails from friends (unless you are friends with Dr. Fauci!), etc.). These are as follows:
  • Nixle Signup: Make sure that all Leonians are signed up to get the Nixle alert messages! To sign up, visit https://local.nixle.com/city/nj/leonia/, or text “07605” to 888777.

I know this is getting tiresome for everyone, but please – let’s focus on the fact that we are all doing what we can to flatten the curve, protect the health and safety of our frontline healthcare workers (including many Leonia residents!), and saving lives. We all have a part to play in ensuring, to the greatest extent possible, that we’re protecting the health and safety of all Leonians so please, do everything you can to help!

Thanks to all of you – I look forward to the day when I can talk to everyone in person – and not have to worry about standing at least six feet away from you!

 

Judah Zeigler

Mayor

Borough of Leonia

jzeigler@leonianj.gov

 

_____________________________________________________________________________

March 28, 2020 Update

Fellow Leonians:

Only a few updates today, as well as some new, but important, reminders; as always, please read the entire email carefully, so that you are fully up-to-date. Don’t forget that all past daily messages are posted on the Borough’s website, with version available in English, Korean and Spanish. Each page of information is organized in date order (with the most recent information at the top). You can access all of this information at https://www.leonianj.gov/information-news/coronavirus-covid-19-information.  There are links on each page to the pages containing the information in languages other than English.

Current Status

  • Current Cases: We continue to see significant day-over-day increases in cases both at the State and County level; fortunately, the precautions that we have been taking seem to be working, as our increases are smaller than many other similarly-sized Bergen County municipalities. This is why it is so important to strictly follow all “stay at home” and social distancing guidelines.
    • New Jersey (11,124): As of this afternoon, there are 11,124 presumptive positive or positive cases in New Jersey; this represents an increase of 2,299 from yesterday.
    • Bergen County (1,838): Bergen County continues to report significant daily increases (even allowing for the receipt of mass testing results). The new total represents an increase of 333 cases vs. yesterday.
    • Leonia (10):  Today, we were advised that we have one additional Leonia resident who has tested positive for COVID-19. Please note that we are seeing positive results across all age groups, with most under the age of 60; this serves as a sobering reminder of the need for everyone, without exception, to follow the guidelines that have been established.

To reiterate, experts have not yet determined when we will reach the peak, but most agree that it is at a point still several weeks away. It is imperative that everyone follow the proper protocols, in order to slow the spread.

Updates/New Information

  • Mental Wellness Advisory Team: The Borough of Leonia would like to ensure that we are providing all Leonians with information on the best available resources to ensure optimized mental health, especially during the COVID-19 Pandemic. To that end, we are asking Leonia residents who are also licensed mental health professionals to volunteer to come together (virtually), and as a group, determine the best "toolkit" that can be developed for use by our residents.

     

    We will do this by conducting 1 - 2 webinar discussions, during which the professionals will be able to share their expertise on how to assist in this endeavor, and jointly, determine next steps for ensuring that the toolkit is developed as quickly as possible. 

    If you're interested in assisting in this critically important effort, please click on this link and fill out the intake form: https://forms.gle/vizYpaXBNcucGqFP9 

  • Property Tax Payment Dates: While the Federal government has extended the deadline for filing of income taxes, and the State of New Jersey has done similarly, property taxes remain due on schedule. Local governments don’t have the authority to “deficit spend;” therefore, we don’t have the ability to delay property tax payments, as we would not be able to fund essential government services, including public schools. This is why it is so important that we get assistance from both the Federal and State government; we continue to press our legislators and Governor on this point.

     

  • Bicycle/Pedestrian Safety: Please remember that bicycles are NOT permitted on sidewalks in the Borough of Leonia; now that parks are closed, there are a significant number of people exercising by taking walks on our streets, and we must ensure that they are safe while doing so. If you wish to ride a bicycle, please ensure that you are riding in the street, using a helmet, and abiding by all other safety guidelines.

     

  • Vehicle Security: Unfortunately, even in times of crisis, criminals will always try to find a way to act like criminals. Since criminals know that most people are home, they are now shifting their attention to vehicles. While we haven’t seen an increase in vehicular break-ins in Leonia, they are increasing in many communities in Bergen County; all Leonia residents are encouraged to ensure that their car doors are locked, and their key fobs, keys, etc. are brought into homes when leaving vehicles.

     

  • Leonia Cares Launch: Leonia Cares Block Captains have begun to drop off information letters to the homes to which each have been assigned. If you would like to sign up as a Block Captain, please visit this link: https://forms.gle/ykQZMLpK4jfJKRmj7. If you have already signed up, but have not yet signed and returned your waiver, you must do so before you are able to drop off the information letters to your assigned area. Please visit this link to download, sign and electronically return it: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1scsQp2QXdgaROiZ-XkoDoMsryE9wJiO3/view?usp=sharing. The goal is to have all letters delivered to homes in areas with block captains, by the end of the day on Monday. Those who need assistance should follow the directions in the letter to contact your individual block captain.

     

  • Group Gatherings: In spite of both the overwhelming evidence of the benefits of social distancing to slowing the spread of the COVID-19 virus and saving lives, and the fact that every resident is now legally obligated to remain in their homes except for short, authorized activities outside of each household, we have in the past day received several reports of groups representing different households participating in gatherings, including an outdoor baseball game which occurred yesterday afternoon.
    • PARENTS: There is NO reason for your children to be leaving your home, unless they are either with you or with another adult that you trust, and you know that they will be participating in an activity that doesn’t pose an increased exposure risk. Please talk to your children, and remind them of why it is so critical (and legally required!) for them to fully comply with all  “shelter in place” directives, and that doing so is the best thing they can do both for their health, as well as for everyone else in your household.
    • ALL LEONIA RESIDENTS: You are reminded that violation of the Executive Orders issued by authorized Federal, State, County and/or local government officials is illegal, and violators are subject to the issuance of summonses and/or criminal charges against them. No, we’re not suggesting that we’re going to be hauling people to jail – but at the same time, we are serious about protecting everyone’s health and safety. If group gatherings occur moving forward, participants will in most cases receive summonses, which can carry significant financial and other penalties. PLEASE – do what’s RIGHT – and strictly observe all of the guidelines we’ve been so deliberate about communicating to you.

Important Information and Reminders

Following are important reminders and information:

  • Shelter in Place:  Mandatory for ALL residents, regardless of age, except for certain essential activities. Violators are subject to summons and/or criminal charges. Additional details can be found here: https://www.leonianj.gov/Home/Components/News/News/109/179
  • Exercise and Social Distancing: All Leonians are encouraged to get outside regularly, both for physical and mental well-being. If you choose to go for a walk or run with neighbors or friends, please remember all previously communicated social distancing protocols, and try to remain at least six feet away from non-household members at all times. Do NOT share sports equipment or toys with anyone outside of your household.
  • COVID-19 Information: As a reminder, all residents should only be getting information from reputable sources (which don’t include listservs, social media sites, emails from friends (unless you are friends with Dr. Fauci!), etc.). These are as follows:

Thanks to everyone who is doing all that they can to slow the spread of the virus, as well as to all who are stepping forward to assist fellow residents with urgent needs. Every Leonian has an obligation to protect the health and safety of those in their household – and every Leonian should know that your municipal government is doing everything we can to ensure the health and safety of every resident of our community, as well as those who work here.

We will get through this – together.

 

Judah Zeigler

Mayor

Borough of Leonia

jzeigler@leonianj.gov

 

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March 27, 2020 Update

Fellow Leonians:

Today’s updates include information on the Federal CARES Act, as well as County park updates and other critical areas; please carefully read the entire email, so that you’re up to date.

Current Status

  • Current Cases: The current cases continue to climb at a significant rate; while not unexpected, this does speak to the continued need to strictly observe the Governor’s Executive Order requiring all New Jersey residents to stay at home, and to observe proper social distancing protocols.
    • New Jersey (8,825): As of this afternoon, there are 6,876 presumptive positive or positive cases in New Jersey; this represents an increase of 1,949 from yesterday.
    • Bergen County (1,505): Bergen County continues to report significant daily increases (even allowing for the receipt of mass testing results). The new total represents an increase of 299 cases vs. yesterday.
    • Leonia (9):  This afternoon, we were advised that we have one additional Leonia resident who has tested positive for COVID-19.

     

    To reiterate, experts have not yet determined when we will reach the peak, but most agree that it is at a point still several weeks away. It is imperative that everyone follow the proper protocols, in order to slow the spread. 

    Updates/New Information 

  • Federal Relief (CARES Act): This afternoon I, along with many of the State’s other Mayors, participated in a all with Senators Menendez and Booker, who provided additional information (to the extent that it is available) the federal relief bill which was signed into law late this afternoon. Following are the key points from that call:
    • Direct Assistance Payments: Many people will, within the next few weeks, receive direct payments from the government, subject to the following:
      • Payment Amounts: $1,200 for single income tax filers/$2,400 for joint filers
      • Payments for Children: Adults will receive $500 per child
      • Income limits: Payments begin to become smaller at $75,000 income (single filers) or $150,000 (joint filers). Maximum eligible income is $99,000 (single filers) or $198,000 (joint filers).
      • Basis for payments: Payments will be based on either a taxpayer’s 2019 tax return (if already filed) or 2018 return (if 2019 has not yet been filed). If, when the taxpayer files a 2020 return, their 2020 income entitles them to a higher payment than they automatically receive, they will receive an additional credit.
      • Taxation on Relief Payments: Relief payments are non-taxable.
    • Unemployment Benefits: The CARES Act supplements state unemployment benefits, as follows:
      • Expanded Eligibility: Under the Act, certain independent contractors and part-time workers (i.e. Uber/Lyft drivers) are eligible for benefits
      • Increased Benefit Timeline: The Act extends unemployment benefits for an additional 13 weeks.
      • Increased Benefit Amount: The Act increases benefits by $600/week (additional to the state-level benefit), for a period of up to four months.
    • Small Business Administration (“SBA”) Loans: There is a $350 billion fund established for loans targeted to small businesses (500 employees or less). Key details:
      • Maximum loan amount: $10 million
      • Loan payments may be deferred for up to one year
      • Portion of loan used for salaries and/or benefits could be eligible for loan forgiveness.
    • Small Business Grants: An emergency grant program has also been established; loans of up to $10,000 are offered, for use by small businesses to meet immediate demands.
    • School District Assistance: The Act establishes a $310 million fund for assistance to K-12 public school districts; details regarding distribution are not yet available.
    • Assistance for Municipalities: Unfortunately, the Act does NOT include any direct assistance for municipal governments; on today’s call (as I did on my last call with the Senators), I voiced a strong concern that without direct assistance, if property tax collections fall significantly, municipal governments will be faced with significant financial challenges, leading to layoffs and an inability to properly fund school districts. Senator Menendez indicated that there is a $150 billion allocation for states, and counties with populations of over 500,000 (which includes Bergen County). Based on preliminary calculations, New Jersey should receive approximately $3.44 billion, and Bergen County should receive approximately $164 million. The Senator indicated that municipalities will receive assistance from these funding sources; however, he was not able to provide details.

       

      I remain deeply concerned about the lack of clarity around how municipalities like Leonia will receive assistance to help address the very significant financial impact of the pandemic. I will continue to keep pressing this issue with our elected officials, and will provide updates as additional information is received.

       

  • Bergen County Parks CLOSED: This morning, all vehicular traffic was banned from Bergen County Parks. Unfortunately, those utilizing the parks (including Overpeck Park) continued to ignore what should now be very well-known and accepted social distancing protocols. Because of this, Bergen County Executive Tedesco has this evening issued Bergen County Executive Order 2020-01E, which states that effective at 8:00 AM on Saturday, March 28, 2020, all Bergen County Parks (including Overpeck Park) have been ordered CLOSED until further notice.

     

    I have seen the emails and social media posts from residents who are unhappy with the Bergen County Executive’s decision to close the parks to vehicular traffic (and, I can only assume, will be even more unhappy with the decision to close the parks completely). I remind everyone that we are in a situation that is almost without precedent – and having to make the “sacrifice” of not being able to utilize parks, for what will more than likely be a relatively short period of time, is not anywhere near an insurmountable obstacle. Everyone also needs to remember that all levels of government are doing everything we can to “flatten the curve,” because we are trying to save lives.  Candidly, I am disappointed and surprised that anyone would do anything other than FULLY support EVERY effort we are making in this regard.  

  • Change to FEMA Testing Site – Bergen Community College: Note that tomorrow (Saturday, March 28, 2020), the FEMA testing site at Bergen Community College in Paramus will be open ONLY to first responders and healthcare workers, all of whom must either be Bergen County residents or work in Bergen County. The site will resume normal operations on Sunday.

 

  • Bergen County Mobile Testing Site Launch: There is a new mobile testing site being launched; details are as follows:
    • Location: Newbridge Medical Center (Ridgewood Ave., Paramus) – Parking Lot
    • Launch Date: March 30, 2020 (tentative)
    • Eligible: First responders and healthcare workers only
      • Phase II: Once space available, also open to essential County and local government employees
      • Phase III: Once space is available after phase II, open to Bergen County residents, with doctor’s prescription
      • Phase IV: Once space is available after phase III, open to anyone over 60 with active symptoms
    • Appointments: Required
    • Telemedicine: All visitors must first have been screened through telemedicine.
    • Planned Capacity: 200 tests available
  • FEMA New Jersey Field Hospital:  The Meadowlands Convention Center in Secaucus is being transitioned into a FEMA field hospital. It is anticipated that this process will take 2 – 3 weeks; once online, it should help take some of the burden of non-COVID-19 cases off of existing Bergen and Northern Hudson hospitals.

Important Information and Reminders

Following are important reminders and information:

  • Shelter in Place:  Mandatory for ALL residents, regardless of age, except for certain essential activities. Additional details can be found here: https://www.leonianj.gov/Home/Components/News/News/109/179
  • Exercise and Social Distancing: All Leonians are encouraged to get outside regularly, both for physical and mental well-being. If you choose to go for a walk or run with neighbors or friends, please remember all previously communicated social distancing protocols. Do NOT share sports equipment or toys with anyone outside of your household.
  • Leonia Cares Assistance Program: To volunteer, please visit the following link: https://forms.gle/ykQZMLpK4jfJKRmj7
  • Nixle Signup: If you know someone who isn’t getting the Nixle messages, please have them text “07605” to 888777, in order to sign up.

I recognize that the decisions that are being made by myself and other government officials are ones which might result in some level of inconvenience to you or members of your household. However, these decisions are being made with singular purpose: to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus, and ensure the health and safety of all Leonia residents. Therefore, regardless of any personal opinions, all Leonians are expected to fully and without exception comply with all directives issued by all levels of government.

It is also worth reminding all Leonians that your elected officials, and many of those who are first responders and members of essential Boards, are all volunteers, performing our responsibilities solely to assist our neighbors. We are sacrificing time with our families, time performing professional responsibilities, and/or other commitments, instead choosing to prioritize YOU; please think about this before you write a negative post on a listserv, or on social media. Anyone can disagree with something; offering an alternative solution, and doing so in a respectful, manner, makes far more sense.

Now is the time for all Leonians to pull together and support each other, as well as the efforts that are being made on every Leonian’s behalf.

 

Judah Zeigler

Mayor

Borough of Leonia

jzeigler@leonianj.gov

 

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March 26, 2020 Update

Fellow Leonians:

Today’s email contains a significant amount of new information, as well as important reminders. PLEASE read the email IN ITS ENTIRETY, so that you’re completely up to date.

Current Status

  • Current Cases: You will see that the number of cases across the state, and in Bergen County, has increased very significantly. This is largely due to the fact that today marked the first day for which results from testing centers was received, and this was for five days of testing (March 20 – 24); so, while we expect incidence rates to continue to increase by significant amounts, for the foreseeable future, the large increases below aren’t necessarily representative of the wave of cases actually in the state.
    • New Jersey (6,876): As of this afternoon, there are 6,876 presumptive positive or positive cases in New Jersey; this represents an increase of 2,474 from yesterday.
    • Bergen County (1,206): Bergen County continues to report significant daily increases (even allowing for the receipt of mass testing results). The new total represents an increase of 387 cases vs. yesterday.
    • Leonia (8):  Two additional Leonians have tested positive, bringing our total to eight. One of these remains hospitalized; the other seven are at home and under quarantine.

     

    To reiterate, experts have not yet determined when we will reach the peak, but most agree that it is at a point still several weeks away. It is imperative that everyone follow the proper protocols, in order to slow the spread.

    Updates/New Information

  • School Closure Timeline: Governor Murphy announced today that the matter of when schools in New Jersey “won’t even be discussed until April 17.” This means that all schools, public and private, including Leonia Public Schools, will continue to be closed at least through this date, with students continuing the distance learning protocols which have already been put in place. Dr. Bertolini will continue to provide additional information in this regard directly to the school community, following their established communication methodologies. 
  • Bergen County Parks Closed to Vehicular Traffic: This afternoon I participated in a call with the Bergen County Executive; he has at last taken action on the continued potential health issues at the county parks. Effective at 8:00 AM on Friday, March 27, all vehicular traffic will be prohibited within the confines of all Bergen County parks (including Overpeck County Park). This should significantly limit the number of people utilizing the park, which in turn should result in a greater ability to observe proper social distancing protocols. The County Executive has committed that, in the event park users continue to ignore social distances requirements, he will close the parks entirely.
  • Major Disaster Declaration: Today, President Trump, at Governor Murphy’s request, declared the entire State of New Jersey as a major disaster area. This paves the way for FEMA response teams to increase their presence in the State (typically takes 2 – 3 weeks), and allows State, County and local governments to obtain reimbursement, on behalf of their taxpayers, for disaster-related expenses. Leonia has, from the beginning of the pandemic, been carefully tracking all human resource and other expenses related to our response, and we will ensure that we obtain as much relief as possible from the Federal government.  If there are individual FEMA programs for which our residents may be eligible, we will communicate these to you as the information is provided to us. 
  • Use of Non Live-In Household Service Employees: I have been made aware of discussions (online and otherwise) regarding recommendations for individuals who perform housecleaning or similar non-emergency household services. As a reminder, these individuals have NOT been deemed “essential” by the Governor and thus, as is very clearly articulated in the Governor’s Executive Order #107 (which has been communicated by me through these messages, every day since it was created), bringing these individuals into your home is illegal, unless and until the Executive Order is rescinded. Likewise, encouraging others to do so is similarly illegal. More importantly, it simply doesn’t make sense to bring these individuals into your home, as it is not in keeping with the necessary social distancing protocols which are not only legally required, but which are proving to be the only effective way to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

 

Executive Order #108 expressly prohibits me, or any local or county leader, from implementing any order that in any way contradicts Executive Order #107, and requires me, as well as all law enforcement and other personnel, to strictly enforce the directives as outlined in the Executive Order.

 

This does not in any way mean that I don’t understand the significant financial hardship placed on these individuals a result of the current situation; however, my statutory responsibility is to uphold the law, and to do everything possible to ensure the health and safety of all Leonia residents. All Leonia residents should ensure that they strictly comply with the requirements that have been previously provided, and which are posted on the Borough website at https://www.leonianj.gov/Home/Components/News/News/109/179.  I urge everyone to be guided accordingly.

There are other items of new information that are less critical, so rather than bury you with too much information today, I will provide the details on those items in tomorrow’s communication.

Important Information and Reminders

Following are important reminders and information:

  • Quarantined:  All Anna C. Scott School students and Staff, as well as Leonia Middle School students who attend SACC at ACS, and SACC staff working at ACS, should be in a self-quarantine period, through March 27, 2020.
  • Shelter in Place:  Mandatory for ALL residents, except for certain essential activities. Additional details can be found here: https://www.leonianj.gov/Home/Components/News/News/109/179
  • School Closure: All public and private schools are closed through April 17, 2020 (at a minimum). All students should follow the distance learning protocols previously established and communicated.
  • Exercise and Social Distancing: All Leonians are encouraged to get outside regularly, both for physical and mental well-being. If you choose to go for a walk or run with neighbors or friends, please remember the following social distancing protocols:
    • Do not participate in games with friends (indoor or outdoor), if they involve utilizing any shared items (i.e. basketballs, soccer balls, baseballs, softballs, etc.).
    • All who are participating should always remain at least six feet apart from each other.
    • If you approach others while you are out for a walk, cross the street or take other action to avoid getting closer than six feet to other people. In these cases, it’s not about distance; it’s about avoiding situations where someone might inadvertently transmit the virus through a cough or sneeze.
  • Leonia Cares Assistance Program: We continue to recruit Block captains and others for the Leonia Cares assistance program, which ensures that homebound and/or vulnerable residents are able to obtain food and prescription medicine. All volunteers will conduct their activities in a manner that utilizes all best practices in social distancing. To volunteer, please visit the following link: https://forms.gle/ykQZMLpK4jfJKRmj7A list of the streets that, thus far, still need block captains, is included at the very end of this message; please take a look and if you can assist, sign up and help.

Please be assured that every decision that we make is guided by one goal; to ensure the health, safety and security of all Leonia residents, as well as those who work and visit our community. I recognize that there is rarely a single “right” answer to any issue; however, we are making our decisions based on our ongoing discussions with health experts, as well as ongoing communications with all levels of government.

It is imperative that each and every Leonia resident do their part by strictly following the guidelines that have been established – and, equally importantly, by looking out for one another and being a resource for each other, as Leonians do so well. We will see this through together, as one community – and I am honored to have the privilege to continue to lead this effort.

 

Judah Zeigler

Mayor

Borough of Leonia

jzeigler@leonianj.gov

 

Streets with Need for Block Captains

 

Street

Between

Beechwood Pl.

Broad Ave. to Glenwood Ave.

Bergen Blvd.

Fort Lee Border to Lester St.

Bergen Blvd.

Lester St. to Washington St.

Bergen Blvd.

Washington St. to Hazlitt St.

Bergen Blvd.

Hazlitt St. to Christie Lane

Borough Pl.

Broad Ave. to Wood Park

Broad Ave.

Ames Ave. to Sylvan Ave.

Broad Ave.

Sylvan Ave. to Highwood Ave.

Broad Ave.

Park Ave. to Christie St.

Broad Ave.

Summit Ave. to Westview Ave.

Broad Ave.

Christie St. to High St.

Broad Ave.

Westview Ave. to Allaire Ave.

Broad Ave.

Beechwood Pl. to Woodland Pl.

Broad Ave.

Woodland Pl. to Hillside Ave.

Broad Ave.

Harold St. to Christie Heights St.

Broad Ave.

Christie Heights St. to Vreeland Ave.

Broad Ave.

Vreeland Ave. to Van Orden Ave.

Broad Ave.

Lakeview Ave. to Englewood City Limit

Brook Terr.

Overlook Ave. to Lakeview Ave.

Brook Terr.

Lakeview Ave. to dead end

Chestnut St.

Fort Lee Rd. to road bend

Chestnut St.

Road bend to Reldyes Ave.

Chestnut St.

Reldyes Ave. to Irving Pl.

Christie Heights St.

Broad Ave. East to dead end

Coover St.

Hillside Ave. to Harrison St.

Cottage Pl.

Grand Ave. to Leonia Ave.

Edgewood Rd.

Nordhoff Pl. to Englewood City Limit

Elizabeth Terr.

Meadowview Pl. to cul-de-sac

Fort Lee Rd.

Spring St. to Grand Ave.

Fort Lee Rd.

Grand Ave. to Romaine Pl.

Fort Lee Rd.

Romaine Pl. to Leonia Ave.

Fort Lee Rd.

Gladwin Ave. to Oaktree Pl.

Fort Lee Rd.

Oaktree Pl. to Broad Ave.

Fort Lee Rd.

Paulin Blvd. to Linden Terr.

Fort Lee Rd.

Linden Terr. to Warwick Lane

Fort Lee Rd.

Warwick Lane to Cumley Terr.

Fort Lee Rd.

Cumley Terr. to Oratam Terr.

Fort Lee Rd.

Oratam Terr. to Fort Lee Borough limit

Fairway Dr.

Dead end to Greenway Dr.

Fairway Dr.

Greenway Dr. to Nordhoff Dr.

Glenwood Ave.

Sylvan Ave. to Highwood Ave.

Glenwood Ave.

Woodland Pl. to Hilltop Terr.

Glenwood Ave.

Hilltop Terr. To Hillside Ave.

Glenwood Ave.

Hillside Ave. to Dogwood Terr.

Glenwood Ave.

Birch Pl. to cul-de-sac

Grand Ave.

Edsall Blvd. to Oakdene Ave.

Grand Ave.

Oakdene Ave. to Moore Ave.

Grand Ave.

Christie St. to Maple St.

Grand Ave.

Maple St. to Prospect St.

Grand Ave.

Prospect St. to Palisade Ave.

Grand Ave.

Palisade Ave. to Fort Lee Rd.

Grand Ave.

Cottage Pl. to Harrison St.

Grand Ave.

Harrison St. to Christie Heights St.

Grand Ave.

Christie Heights St. to Vreeland Ave.

Grand Ave.

Vreeland Ave. to Van Orden Ave.

Grand Ave.

Van Orden Ave. to Overlook Ave.

Grand Ave.

Overlook Ave. to Longview Ave.

Grand Ave.

Longview Ave. to Lakeview Ave.

Grand Ave.

Lakeview Ave. to Englewood City Limit

Grandview Terr.

Greenway Dr. to Nordhoff Dr.

Greenway Dr.

Grandview Terr. to Fairway Dr.

Greenway Dr.

Fairway Dr. to Ridgeland Terr.

Harold Ave.

Broad Ave. to dead end

Hazlitt Ave.

Reldyes Ave. to Bergen Blvd.

Hillcrest Ave.

Christie Heights St. to Vreeland Ave.

Hillcrest Ave.

Vreeland Ave. to Van Orden Ave.

Hillcrest Ave.

Van Orden Ave. to Overlook Ave.

Hillcrest Ave.

Overlook Ave. to Lakeview Ave.

Hillside Ave.

Grand Ave. to Leonia Ave.

Hillside Ave.

Leonia Ave. to Coover St.

Hillside Ave.

Coover St. to Wood Terr.

Hillside Ave.

Wood Terr. To Kingsley St.

Hillside Ave.

Broad Ave.to Glenwood Ave.

Hillside Ave.

Glenwood Ave. to Overlook Terr.

Hilltop Ave.

Glenwood Ave. to Overlook Terr.

Hilltop Ave.

Overlook Terr. To Madonna Cemetery

Hoeffley's Lane

Fort Lee Rd. to Church Lane

Irving St.

Christie Lane to Chestnut St.

Irving St.

Chestnut St. to Fort Lee Rd.

Knapp Terr.

Paulin Blvd. to Park Ave.

Knapp Terr.

Park Ave. to Reldyes Ave.

Lakeview Ave.

Lakeview Circle to Grand Ave.

Lakeview Ave.

Grand Ave. to Brook Terr.

Lakeview Ave.

Brook Terr. To Hillcrest Ave.

Lakeview Ave.

Hillcrest Ave. to Eastview Ave.

Lakeview Ave.

Eastview Ave. to Broad Ave

Longview Ave.

Grand Ave. to Brook Terr.

Lowe St.

Ray Ave. to Leonia HS

Magnolia Pl.

Broad Ave. to Glenwood Ave.

Maple St.

Dead end to Station Pkwy.

Maple St.

Station Pkwy. to Spring St.

Maple St.

Spring St. to Grand Ave.

Nordhoff Dr.

Fort Lee Borough limit to Ridgeland Terr.

Nordhoff Dr.

Grandview Terr. To Pine Hill Rd.

Palmer Pl.

Oakdene Ave. to Highwood Ave.

Palmer Pl.

Highwood Ave. to Park Ave.

Ray Ave.

Western Blvd. to Lowe St.

Ray Ave.

Lowe St.to Grand Ave.

Richmond Pl.

Reldyes Ave. to dead end

Ridgeland Terr.

Greenway Dr. to Nordhoff Dr.

Ridgeland Terr.

Edgewood Rd. to Englewood City limit

Romaine Pl.

Palisade Ave. to Fort Lee Rd.

Schor Ave.

Grand Ave. to Willow Tree Rd.

Station Pkwy

Meadowview Ct. to Maple St.

Spring St.

Maple St. to Fort Lee Rd.

Van Orden Ave.

Hillcrest Ave. to Broad Ave.

Van Orden Ave.

Broad Ave. to cul-de-sac

Vreeland Ave.

Grand Ave. to Hillcrest Ave.

Vreeland Ave.

Hillcrest Ave. to Broad Ave.

Vreeland Ave.

Broad Ave. to Pine Hill Rd.

Vreeland Ave.

Pine Hill Rd. to Birch Pl.

Vreeland Ave.

Birch Pl. to Golf Course Dr.

Washington Terr.

Reldyes Ave. to Bergen Blvd.

Western Blvd.

Ray Ave. to dead end

Winthrop Pl.

Park Ave. to Reldyes Ave.

 

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March 25, 2020 Update 

Fellow Leonians:

Again, just a few updates, along with additional key reminders. As always, please review the entire message, carefully, in order to ensure that you have the latest, official, correct information.

Current Status

  • Current Cases: 
    • New Jersey (4,402): As of this afternoon, there are 4,402 presumptive positive or positive cases in New Jersey; this represents an increase of 727 from yesterday.
    • Bergen County (819): Bergen County continues to report significant daily increases. The new total represents an increase of 118 cases in the past day.
    • Leonia (6):  We continue to hold steady at six cases in Leonia.

    Please remember that experts have not yet determined when we will reach the peak, but most agree that it is at a point still weeks away. It is imperative that everyone follow the proper protocols, in order to slow the spread. 

    Updates/New Information 

  • Mental Health Assistance: We recognize that as the time during which people are isolated increases, some residents may have the need to talk with a mental health professional. We are in the process of identifying volunteer resources who are willing to assist in these cases, and will provide more details as soon as they are finalized. All are encouraged to spend at a least a little time outside each day (practicing social distancing), to call or digitally interact with friends and/or family, and take time for yourself.

     

  • Additional DPW revisions: We have had additional discussion regarding the DPW schedule, and are pleased to advise that Monday pickups will alternate between yard waste and trash (town-wide). Therefore, the revised schedule is as follows:
    • Mondays: Alternating between yard waste and trash pickup
    • Tuesdays: Household garbage collection (town-wide)
    • Wednesdays: Recycling collection (alternates between paper and glass/plastic; consult Borough calendar in order to determine which is being collected each week.

       

      I did receive several complaints about the decision to reduce garbage pickup to once per week. I urge those individuals first to remember that we have an obligation to ensure the safety not just of our residents, but also of our employees, and also that a once per week garbage pickup is consistent with the rate at which the vast majority of other municipalities collect household garbage. To be frank, this is, at most, a minor inconvenience. 

  • Dante’s Closure: As the owner of Dante’s reported this afternoon (and thus, I am able to include here), one of his employees has had a presumptively positive test result. Therefore, Dante’s will be closed for at least 14 days. We wish Yuri and all of his staff the best during this period, and look forward to their reopening, as soon as it is safe to do so.

     

  • Daycare Center Closures: Today, Governor Murphy signed Executive Order #110, which requires all daycare centers to close effective April 1, 2020, and remain closed until further notice. The only exceptions are those centers which exclusively serve the children of essential personal, and these centers must, by March 27, 2020, certify that they should be included in this category.

     

  • Scouting for Food – Postponed: We have been asked to advise all Leonians that the Scouts Scouting for Food program (originally scheduled for this weekend) has been postponed until a date TBD. All Leonia residents are encouraged to remember that food pantries (including Leonia agencies) are in continued significant need of non-perishable foods; please contact those organizations directly in order to arrange donations.

Important Information and Reminders

Following are important reminders and information:

  • Quarantined:  All Anna C. Scott School students and Staff, as well as Leonia Middle School students who attend SACC at ACS, and SACC staff working at ACS, should be in a self-quarantine period, through March 27, 2020.
  • Shelter in Place:  Mandatory for ALL residents, except for certain essential activities. Additional details can be found here: https://www.leonianj.gov/Home/Components/News/News/109/179
  • Exercise and Social Distancing: All Leonians are encouraged to get outside regularly, both for physical and mental well-being. If you choose to go for a walk or run with neighbors or friends, please remember the following social distancing protocols:
    • Do not participate in games with friends (indoor or outdoor), if they involve utilizing any shared items (i.e. basketballs, soccer balls, baseballs, softballs, etc.).
    • All who are participating should always remain at least six feet apart from each other.
    • If you approach others while you are out for a walk, cross the street or take other action to avoid getting closer than six feet to other people.
  • Leonia Cares Assistance Program: We continue to recruit Block captains and others for the Leonia Cares assistance program, which ensures that homebound and/or vulnerable residents are able to obtain food and prescription medicine. All volunteers will conduct their activities in a manner that utilizes all best practices in social distancing. To volunteer, please visit the following link: https://forms.gle/ykQZMLpK4jfJKRmj7.   

 

We continue to work hard to try to anticipate the needs of all Leonia residents not just today, but in the days and weeks ahead, and ensure that we are putting in place the ability to offer as much support as possible. This wouldn’t be possible without the dedication of all of our incredible Borough employees, as well as all of the volunteers (including your elected officials), who are giving of themselves so selflessly. Seeing their efforts makes me even more proud to be a member of this community – and gives me the inspiration to continue to do everything possible to ensure everyone’s safety and security.

Be there for one another, Leonians, in every way possible – we will succeed, as one community.

 

Judah Zeigler

Mayor

Borough of Leonia

jzeigler@leonianj.gov

 

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 Update - March 24, 2020

Fellow Leonians:

Just a few updates today, along with some important reminders. Please review the entire message, carefully, in order to ensure that you have the latest, official, correct information.

Current Status

  • Current Cases: 
    • New Jersey (3,675): As of this afternoon, there are 3,675 presumptive positive or positive cases in New Jersey; this represents an increase of 831 from yesterday.
    • Bergen County (701): Of the total cases shown above, 701 are reported to be in Bergen County.  This represents an increase of 116 from yesterday.
    • Leonia (6):  Leonia continues to have six known cases (no new cases from yesterday).

    The incidence rate continues to increase significantly, and will continue to do so, for the foreseeable future. New York State in general, and New York City in particular, is recognized as the U.S. “hot spot” for COVID-19, and it seems to be generally accepted that the virus has been in the New York metropolitan area for several weeks. Given the large number of New Jersey residents who have, until very recently, commuted to New York for business and pleasure, there is little question that New Jersey’s cases will also continue to increase significantly.

    Updates/New Information

  • Revised DPW Collection Schedule: As we continue to refine our continuity plans in order to ensure that we have essential staff available throughout the duration of the pandemic, we will at times find it necessary to alter the manner in which services are provided. Therefore, effective immediately, the following changes are being made to the DPW collection schedule:
    • Trash Collection: Suspended until further notice
    • Household Garbage Collection: Decreased to once per week, on Tuesdays.

     

    This will result in the following DPW collection schedule, which will be in effect until further notice:

    • Mondays: Yard waste collection (town-wide)
    • Tuesdays: Household garbage collection (town-wide)
    • Wednesdays: Recycling collection (alternates between paper and glass/plastic; consult Borough calendar in order to determine which is being collected each week).

     

  • Essential Businesses: This afternoon, the State Director of Emergency Management signed Administrative Order 2020-06, which designates additional businesses as essential. These are as follows:
    • Mobile phone retail and repair shops
    • Bicycle shops, but only to provide service and repair (sales are not permitted)
    • Nurseries and garden centers

       

      All essential businesses are, pursuant to Executive Order 107, required to ensure that proper social distancing and sanitary protocols are strictly followed. 

  • Leonia Cares Assistance Program: We will begin to roll out the Leonia Cares Assistance program within the next day; it will be implemented based on the areas of the community in which we have registered volunteers. We still have LOTS of areas that need Block Captains, and we still need young people (ages 18-25) to assist with obtaining the groceries for those who are being assisted, as well as picking up prescriptions.  The Program is being implemented utilizing the very best practices in social distancing and sanitary protocol; there will be NO person-to-person interaction between volunteers and those being assisted. To sign up to volunteer, please visit the following link: https://forms.gle/ykQZMLpK4jfJKRmj7.This is a VERY important program; I urge all Leonians to strongly consider assisting.

Important Information and Reminders

Following are important reminders and information:

  • Quarantined:  All Anna C. Scott School students and Staff, as well as Leonia Middle School students who attend SACC at ACS, and SACC staff working at ACS, should be in a self-quarantine period, through March 27, 2020.
  • Shelter in Place:  Mandatory for ALL residents, except for certain essential activities. Additional details can be found here: https://www.leonianj.gov/Home/Components/News/News/109/179
  • Exercise and Social Distancing: All Leonians are encouraged to get outside regularly, both for physical and mental well-being. If you choose to go for a walk or run with neighbors or friends, please remember the following social distancing protocols:
    • Do not participate in games with friends (indoor or outdoor), if they involve utilizing any shared items (i.e. basketballs, soccer balls, baseballs, softballs, etc.).
    • All who are participating should always remain at least six feet apart from each other.
    • If you approach others while you are out for a walk, cross the street or take other action to avoid getting closer than six feet to other people.
  • Alternate Side of the Street Parking Restrictions: Suspended, until further notice. However, please utilize common sense when parking your vehicles on the street; all residents need to park in a manner so as to ensure that emergency vehicles can get through if necessary.

I was able to get out for a walk this afternoon with a couple of my youth soccer players (following proper social distancing protocols, of course!), and it really lifted my spirits; I definitely encourage everyone to get outside weather permitting), and take a walk or run. It was also great to see everyone who was outside following the social distancing guidelines we’ve been communicating – well done, to all!

As this period of mandatory isolation continues, it’s only natural that tempers grow short, and frustration increases. We all need to accept that – and remember it when we’re dealing with each other, both inside and outside of our homes. There’s no doubt that this is an incredibly difficult time (and could get even more so); however, it will get better, and when it does, we’ll all recognize that even in these dark hours, we all will have learned a great deal from and about each other, and about ourselves.

I continue to be incredibly grateful to live in this wonderful, special community – and thank each and every Leonian for the sacrifices you are making, each and every day.

 

Judah Zeigler

Mayor

Borough of Leonia

jzeigler@leonianj.gov

_____________________________________________________________________________ 

Update - March 23, 2020

Fellow Leonians:

There are several important updates I’d like to provide to you today, as well as to reinforce some of the key areas I’ve covered previously.

Current Status

  • Current Cases: 
    • New Jersey (2,844): As of this afternoon, there are 2,844 presumptive positive or positive cases in New Jersey; this represents an increase of 587 from Saturday to Sunday, and 930 from Sunday to Monday.
    • Bergen County (585): Of the total cases shown above, 585 are reported to be in Bergen County.  This represents an increase of 95 cases from Saturday to Sunday, and 128 from Sunday to Monday. 
    • Leonia (6):  Leonia has six cases, including one that was identified overnight. The latest patient is hospitalized; the remaining five are at home and in quarantine.

    As the number of tests continues to increase, we will continue to see a commensurate increase in the number of positive cases statewide, as well as in Bergen County and, unfortunately, in Leonia. 

    Updates/New Information

  • Increased Enforcement – Stay at Home/”Shelter in Place” Order: During today’s briefing, Governor Murphy indicated that he, through the Attorney General’s office, is allocating additional resources to ensure people strictly adhere to his order that all New Jersey residents stay at home/”shelter in place,” except for essential trips outside of their homes. All Leonia residents MUST remain in their homes, except for reasons as outlined in Saturday’s communication. You can get full details by clicking on this link: https://www.leonianj.gov/Home/Components/News/News/109/179

     

  • Town-wide Conference Call: 405 people registered for last night’s town-wide conference call, and 317 participated. In addition to the information that was provided, there were many questions asked and answered, on a variety of topics. A recording of the call will be posted on the Leonia website within the next 24 hours, and we are planning additional calls as we move forward.

     

  • Leonia Cares Assistance Program: The Leonia Cares Assistance Program is just about ready to launch. As a reminder, we need LOTS of volunteers to serve as Block Captains, ensuring that seniors, those with disabilities and others who cannot leave their homes have the ability to obtain groceries, prescriptions, and that they are staying in good health. To sign up to volunteer, please visit the following link: https://forms.gle/ykQZMLpK4jfJKRmj7.We also need young people (ages 18-25) to assist with obtaining the groceries for those who are being assisted, as well as picking up prescriptions. This is a VERY important program; I urge all Leonians to strongly consider assisting. NOTE: the program will be implemented utilizing all social distancing and sanitary best practices; there will be no person-to-person interaction between volunteers and those being assisted.

Important Information and Reminders

Following are important reminders and information:

  • Quarantined:  All Anna C. Scott School students and Staff, as well as Leonia Middle School students who attend SACC at ACS, and SACC staff working at ACS, should be in a self-quarantine period, through March 27, 2020.
  • Shelter in Place:  Mandatory for ALL residents, except for certain essential activities. Additional details can be found here: https://www.leonianj.gov/Home/Components/News/News/109/179
  • Exercise and Social Distancing: All Leonians are encouraged to get outside regularly, both for physical and mental well-being. If you choose to go for a walk or run with neighbors or friends, please remember the following social distancing protocols:
    • Do not participate in games with friends (indoor or outdoor), if they involve utilizing any shared items (i.e. basketballs, soccer balls, baseballs, softballs, etc.).
    • All who are participating should always remain at least six feet apart from each other.
    • If you approach others while you are out for a walk, cross the street or take other action to avoid getting closer than six feet to other people.
  • Ongoing COVID-19 Information:  As a reminder, it is VERY important that people carefully review any information provided to them about COVID-19. It is HIGHLY recommended that you obtain your information ONLY from one of the following sources:
  • Flushing Toilets: Please remember that you should NOT flush anything other than toilet paper. Flushing wipes, feminine products, etc. could (and often will) result in pipes and/or sewers backing up. We have already seen several issues of this type; please be responsible, and discard in household garbage any items other than toilet paper.

I know that everyone will start to get a little “stir crazy” as we progress through this period of mandated isolation; I urge all Leonians to ensure that you take the time to virtually interact with family and friends through phone calls, Facetime, Whatsapp, Skype, Houseparty, or whatever other platform you prefer. In addition, you’re encouraged to get outside (using proper social distancing and sanitary guidelines) and get exercise.

Most importantly – please stay positive! This is a difficult, stressful time for everyone – but we’re all in it together! Let’s all be there for one another – and please continue to be reassured that your municipal government is doing everything possible to ensure the safety and security of all Leonia residents.

 

Judah Zeigler

Mayor

Borough of Leonia

jzeigler@leonianj.gov

_____________________________________________________________________________ 

Update - March 21, 2020

Fellow Leonians:

There are several important updates I’d like to provide to you today, as well as to reinforce some of the key areas I’ve covered previously.

Current Status

  • Current Cases: 
    • New Jersey (1,327): As of this afternoon, there are 1,327 presumptive positive or positive cases in New Jersey; this is an increase of 437 from yesterday.
    • Bergen County (362): Of the total cases shown above, 362 are reported to be in Bergen County.  This represents an increase of 113 cases from yesterday. 
    • Leonia (5):  Leonia now has five (5) positive cases, with two more being reported in the last 24 hours.

     

    As the number of tests increases, we will continue to see a commensurate increase in the number of positive cases statewide, as well as in Bergen County and, unfortunately, in Leonia.

    Updates/New Information

     

  • Statewide Executive Order to Stay at Home/Shelter in Place:  Today, Governor Murphy issued Executive Orders #107 and 108, which require all New Jersey residents to stay in their homes, effective at 9:00 PM today (Saturday), March 20, 2020, except to undertake essential activities. The order also includes new restrictions on business closures (both retail and non-retail), and bans non-essential travel in the State of New Jersey, 24 hours a day.  Full details were transmitted in a separate Nixle email, and can also be found on the Borough website at https://www.leonianj.gov/Home/Components/News/News/109/179
  • Townwide Conference Call: We’re going to give this another try, so please read these instructions carefully.
    • Date: Sunday, March 22, 2020
    • Time: 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM
    • Registration Required: To register for the call, visit https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8302167515960481035
    • Once you visit the link and register, you’ll receive an email with a unique link; you’ll click on this link tomorrow, in order to join the webinar. You can join by phone as well, but you must still register, using the link above.

      

  • Conference Call with Federal Officials:  This morning, I, along with 100 other New Jersey Mayors, participated in a conference call with Senators Menendez and Booker. Following are some of the key points that we discussed:
    • Aid Package: Congress is currently finalizing negotiations with the White House on a $1 trillion aid package that covers a number of key items, including, but not limited to;
      •  Extension of unemployment insurance benefits
      • Providing small business grants (in addition to loans)
    • Direct Cash Payments: The Senators indicated that if the Federal Government issues direct cash payments to individuals, these will be the same for everyone who qualifies (vs. based on a predetermined scale). Currently, the plan is to distribute these based on 2018 income tax records; I urged the Senators to push for a different mechanism, as there are many people whose circumstances have changed significantly since that time. The Senators agreed with the concern, however, I have my doubts as to whether there will be any movement on this.
    • Small Business Loan Forgiveness: There is a strong push to include a provision forgiving certain small business loans, in order to ensure that small businesses remain viable once the health crisis itself begins to abate. This has not yet been finalized.
    • Tax Filing Deadline: The date by which you must file your income tax return for 2019 has been moved from April 15, 2020 to July 15, 2020. If you owe tax, you will not incur interest or penalties if you file by the new date. You are of course permitted to file before the deadline (and if, like many, you are receiving a refund, you are encouraged to do so).
    • Student Loans: Student loan payments have been deferred for 60 days (you should check with your lender for details). There is a push for forgiveness of a portion of student loan debt, but this has not yet been finalized.
    • Funding for Municipalities: I raised a question to the Senators regarding what assistance could be provided directly to municipalities in the event that we experience a decline in property tax collection, due to significant unemployment, business closure or other financial hardships. There is currently a bill being developed which will permit the Federal Reserve to purchase municipal bonds; however, I pushed hard (as did other Mayors who spoke after me) for direct financial assistance from the Federal Government, rather than simply asking municipalities (and, by extension, taxpayers) to simply incur more debt. This relief is far from certain – and frankly, is something that is a significant concern. I will continue to push our Federal officials on this point, and urge everyone to do the same.
    • November Elections: All are in agreement that Election Day must occur; the current bill packages include additional funding for elections, including increased reliance on vote by mail and other alternative voting protocols.

Important Information and Reminders

Following are important reminders and information:

  • Quarantined:  All Anna C. Scott School students and Staff, as well as Leonia Middle School students who attend SACC at ACS, and SACC staff working at ACS, should be in a self-quarantine period, through March 27, 2020.
  • Shelter in Place:  Mandatory for ALL residents, beginning at 9:00 PM on Saturday, March 21, 2020, except for certain essential activities. Additional details can be found here: https://www.leonianj.gov/Home/Components/News/News/109/179
  • Social Distancing: When you are not in your home, you should remain at least six feet away from any non-family member not living with you.
    • If you want to go for a walk or run with your neighbor or friend, that’s fine; however, make sure that you remain six feet away from them at all times.
    • Playing catch, using neighbor’s play equipment, or using anyone else’s items for shared exercise should be avoided. For example, if you are standing six feet away from someone, but playing catch, you are sharing with each other whatever is on the ball that you are using (including, potentially, the COVID-19 virus), which completely negates the effectiveness of social distancing.
    • Playing basketball with friends (either at home or at a park, all of which are closed, but some of which are continuing to be frequented) is also not an example of social distancing; not only are you playing a sport requiring close interaction between participants, but the ball itself is “shared,” further endangering anyone who is participating…and those frequently MUCH more vulnerable members of their households.
  • Ongoing COVID-19 Information:  As a reminder, it is VERY important that people carefully review any information provided to them about COVID-19. It is HIGHLY recommended that you obtain your information ONLY from one of the following sources:

Today’s Executive Order does little more than make a requirement those guidelines that we have already been asking all Leonia residents to follow for some time. In case there are any Leonians who still think that everyone is overreacting…the time is long past for you to get over it. The crisis is real, and the virus is in our community. Everyone has for some time been asked to do the right thing; now, you are legally required to do the right thing.

As Mayor, I take the responsibility of ensuring the health and safety of all Leonia residents as my highest priority – and I assure you that our municipal government will have NO tolerance for people who continue to ignore what are now their legal obligations. We all need to remember that we are part of a larger community – and thus must each do our part to help “flatten the curve” and limit exposure, active cases and ultimately, loss of life.

Thanks to all of you who have been, and will continue, to do what’s right – as I’ve said so many times before, we are all in this together. Please – let’s support one another, care for one another – and emerge from this time of great challenge as a stronger community.

 

Judah Zeigler

Mayor

Borough of Leonia

jzeigler@leonianj.gov

 

______________________________________________________________________________

 

Update - March 20, 2020

Fellow Leonians:

There are just a few COVID-19 updates I’d like to provide to you today, as well as to reinforce critical areas which have been communicated previously.

Current Status

  • Current Cases: 
    • New Jersey (890): As of this afternoon, there are 890 presumptive positive or positive cases in New Jersey; this is an increase of 148 from yesterday.
    • Bergen County (249): Of the total cases shown above, 194 are reported to be in Bergen County.  This represents an increase of 55 cases from yesterday. 
    • Leonia (3):  Leonia now has three (3) positive cases, all of whom are doing well and are at home. Initially, a fourth case was incorrectly reported as a Leonia resident; however, that case involved someone who was visiting a family member, and the impacted individual lives outside of Bergen County. We are aware of at least one other case that is presumptively positive, but has not yet been reported through the State database.

       

      There are a significant number of tests which have been administered by Bergen County’s hospitals, but for which results have not been received. Thus, we can expect to continue to see large increases in the number of cases, each day, for some period of time. 

      Updates/New Information 

  • Bergen County Drive-Up Testing Center: The new FEMA testing center located at Bergen Community College opened at 8:00 AM on Friday morning; as anticipated, it quickly reached capacity, and thousands of people were turned away. The center will process a maximum of 350 tests/day. As a reminder, you must be a New Jersey resident and have active symptoms in order to be tested at the center. If you are feeling unwell, you are strongly encouraged to contact your healthcare provider, rather than driving to the center.

     

  • Response to Request for Personal Protective Equipment:  We had an outstanding response from our community to our request for various items of personal protective equipment (PPE), both in terms of direct donations as well as identification of companies from which we were able to purchase additional supplies. Thanks to everyone who responded!

     

  • Business Closures:  The Governor has indicated that there is a strong likelihood that, within the next 24-48 hours, he will issue additional directives requiring the closure of all “non-essential” businesses, until further notice. We will provide details of these closures when they are made available to us; in the meantime, all Leonians are STRONGLY urged to remain in their homes, except to obtain food or medicine, or to receive medical attention. This is the best way to “flatten the curve” and slow the spread of the virus.

Important Information and Reminders

Following are important reminders and information:

  • Quarantined:  All Anna C. Scott School students and Staff, as well as Leonia Middle School students who attend SACC at ACS, and SACC staff working at ACS, should be in a self-quarantine period, through March 27, 2020.
  • Shelter in Place:  While not mandatory, it is HIGHLY recommended that all other Leonians shelter in place in your homes, limiting your time outside, and practicing proper social distancing and sanitary procedures.
  • Social Distancing: When you are not in your home, you should remain at least six feet away from any non-family member not living with you.
    • If you want to go for a walk or run with your neighbor or friend, that’s fine; however, make sure that you remain six feet away from them at all times.
    • Playing catch, using neighbor’s play equipment, or using anyone else’s items for shared exercise should be avoided. For example, if you are standing six feet away from someone, but playing catch, you are sharing with each other whatever is on the ball that you are using (including, potentially, the COVID-19 virus), which completely negates the effectiveness of social distancing.
  • School Updates: The Leonia Public Schools have been doing an excellent job keeping their school community updated; all updates regarding the Leonia Public Schools will continue to come through those channels.
  • Virtual School Closure – Wednesday, March 25: As previously indicated, on Wednesday, March 25, there will be no distance learning conducted through the Leonia Public Schools. This does NOT mean that students should leave their homes, or congregate within homes with visitors. PLEASE observe proper social distancing and sanitary protocols, to protect both students as well as those with whom they live.

I have no doubt that people are probably getting tired of seeing some of this information over and over; however, the simple fact is that we are still seeing too many instances of people ignoring the necessary social distancing guidelines that have been put in place. This puts EVERY Leonian at an increased risk – so please do your part by observing all of the social distancing, quarantine and/or shelter in place guidelines that have been issued to you. Our goal is simple; to protect the health and safety of all Leonians.

Finally, don’t forget your neighbors; while the Leonia CARES assistance program details are being finalized, call, email or text your neighbors (especially the elderly and those with disabilities), and ensure that they have enough food and medicine, and are not feeling in any way unwell. If this is the case, they should immediately contact their healthcare provider.

Thanks again to everyone who is doing their part to slow the spread of the virus; if you observe a neighbor or resident not doing so, take the time to remind them of the need to be part of the solution, by observing social distancing and sanitary guidelines.

We will get through this – together – and at this time, I am VERY grateful to live in a community where we all care so deeply about one another.

 

Judah Zeigler

Mayor

Borough of Leonia

jzeigler@leonianj.gov

 

______________________________________________________________________________

 

Update - March 19, 2020

Fellow Leonians:

There are several important COVID-19 updates I’d like to provide to you today, as well as to reinforce critical areas which have been communicated previously.

Current Status

  • Current Cases: 
    • New Jersey (742): As of this afternoon, there are 742 presumptive positive or positive cases in New Jersey; this is an increase of 315 from yesterday.
    • Bergen County (194): Of the total cases shown above, 194 are reported to be in Bergen County.  This represents an increase of 80 cases from yesterday.  52 of Bergen County’s 70 municipalities are reporting at least one COVID-19 case in their community. The towns with the two largest number of cases are Teaneck (42) cases and Englewood (16).
    • Leonia (2):  Leonia now has two (2) positive cases, with the second one being identified overnight. The person who was most recently identified had been hospitalized due to an underlying condition, but is now home (like the first case).  Both are quarantined.

     

    There are a significant number of tests which have been administered by Bergen County’s hospitals, but for which results have not been received. Thus, we can expect to continue to see large increases in the number of cases, each day, for some period of time. 

    • Updates/New Information 

  • Federal Response: This morning, I, along with 17 other Mayors, participated in a call with Congressman Pascrell, during which he provided us with updates regarding the federal bills which are being considered. During the Q&A period, all of us drove home to the Congressman the importance of ensuring that individuals and small businesses get the economic help they need, immediately, in order to ensure that the continued economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic is, to the greatest extent possible, mitigated. We also reinforced the need for the Federal government to provide urgent supplies (like personal protective equipment and sanitizer) directly to our communities, for use by our first responders. The Congressman clearly heard our message, and will be working to ensure that economic programs and availability of necessary supplies are addressed as quickly as possible.

     

  • Drive-Up Testing Center:  The first drive-up testing center in New Jersey will begin operation on March 20, 2020. The center is operated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (“FEMA”); details regarding testing requirements, etc. are as follows:  
    • Location:  Bergen Community College, Paramus, NJ
    • Opening Time:  The center will open at 8:00 AM daily
    • Requirements:  In order to be tested, you must meet the following requirements:
      • New Jersey residents only (must have proof of residency with you)
      • Must have active symptoms (fever, runny nose and cough); those who are asymptomatic (i.e. the “worried well”) will be turned away
      • Testing priority will be given to health care workers and first responders
      • You do NOT need a prescription from your healthcare provider
    • Appointments:  No appointment is needed; however, you MUST meet the requirements described above, or you will be turned away.

    If you are experiencing symptoms or are feeling unwell in any way, your first course of action should always be to call your healthcare provider. There is little doubt that there will be long lines and significant wait times at the testing center (especially during its early days of operation); exercise common sense when making the decision about whether or not to visit the drive-up testing center.

     

  • Urgent Items (WE NEED YOUR HELP):  In order to ensure that we have the equipment and supplies we need to ensure your health and safety, we are asking all Leonians who either have any of the items in the list below, or who might have access to these (through their professional affiliations), to let us know:
    • Hand sanitizer (minimum 60% alcohol concentration)
    • Hand sanitizer wipes (minimum 60% alcohol concentration), or bleach wipes
    • Surgical masks
    • NIOSH-approved particulate respirator (i.e. N-95 or higher respirator)
    • Disposable medical-grade examination gloves
    • Eye protection (goggles or disposable face shield fully covering the front and sides of the face)
    • Disposable isolation gowns or Tyvek full body coveralls

      The Borough of Leonia will purchase these items if you know of vendors who have them available or, if you have extras that you are willing to donate, we would be happy to accept them. If you have any of these available, or know where we can procure them (meaning, you know that one or more of these items are in stock and available for immediate purchase), please email us at COVIDsupplies@leonianj.gov 

  • Emergency Services Protocols: It is critically important that we ensure the continued health and safety of our first responders (police, volunteer fire, and emergency medical services personnel). Please remember the following important guidelines:
    • Please avoid rushing up to first responders when they arrive at your home; even in an emergency, you MUST follow proper social distancing protocols, and stay six feet away from each other.
    • When calling 911 and/or when first responders are arriving at your home, you should be prepared to answer questions about the health of the members of your household. This is permitted under the current State Health Emergency, and is being done to ensure that the first responders are wearing the proper personal protective equipment when responding.
    • Not everyone who responds to a call may necessarily enter your home or “actively” participate; please don’t get close to first responders who don’t seem to be immediately engaged in the emergency, as again, doing so puts both your health, and theirs, at risk. 
  • School “Snow Day:” As you know, Leonia Public Schools are closed through April 10, 2020 (at the earliest), and distance learning is now taking place at all three schools, utilizing protocols communicated to all students directly by the school district. In order to allow teaching staff at all three buildings the ability to continue to refine their teaching and lesson plans, the district will have a “snow day” on Wednesday, March 25; there will be NO distance learning on this date.

     

    NOTE: This does NOT mean that students should congregate with one another, either in private homes or in public areas. The need for social distancing continues to be of critical importance, becoming more so with each passing day. Those who are suggesting that social distancing is not necessary are, quite simply, wrong; every Leonian needs to do their part to stem the tide of COVID-19, and the best way to do this is to stay in your homes unless it is absolutely necessary for you to venture out. 

  • Business Closures:  As indicated in yesterday’s update, all nail and hair salons were directed to close as of midnight. Governor Murphy has directed the same for these businesses (as well as other “close contact” businesses, such as spas, massage parlors, and tattoo parlors), statewide, as of 8:00 PM today, March 19, 2020.
  • Bergen County Executive Order 2020-1B: We received word today that the Executive Order issued by the Bergen County Executive, which was to have gone into effect as of 8:00 AM on Saturday, March 21, has been rescinded. As indicated above, this does not in any way mean that it is “business as usual;” while some businesses in Leonia (and other communities) remain open, you should visit these only if necessary (remaining at home at all other times). Most businesses that are open will also have reduced hours of operation; please contact the businesses directly to obtain the latest information. 

Important Information and Reminders

Following are important reminders and information:

  • Quarantined:  All Anna C. Scott School students and Staff, as well as Leonia Middle School students who attend SACC at ACS, and SACC staff working at ACS, should be in a self-quarantine period, through March 27, 2020.
  • Shelter in Place:  While not mandatory, it is HIGHLY recommended that all other Leonians shelter in place in your homes, limiting your time outside, and practicing proper social distancing and sanitary procedures.
  • Social Distancing: When you are not in your home, you should remain at least six feet away from any non-family member not living with you.
    • If you want to go for a walk or run with your neighbor or friend, that’s fine; however, make sure that you remain six feet away from them at all times.
    • Playing catch, using neighbor’s play equipment, or using anyone else’s items for shared exercise should be avoided. For example, if you are standing six feet away from someone, but playing catch, you are sharing with each other whatever is on the ball that you are using (including, potentially, the COVID-19 virus), which completely negates the effectiveness of social distancing.
  • School Updates: The Leonia Public Schools have been doing an excellent job keeping their school community updated; all updates regarding the Leonia Public Schools will continue to come through those channels.
  • Foreign Travel:  If you have, within the last 14 days, returned from travel to South Korea, Japan, Iran, Italy or Mainland China, and have not already been in contact with the Leonia Public Health Department, you are STRONGLY requested to immediately contact the Public Health Nurse at (201) 592-5780, x259.

With each passing day, as cabin fever sets in, we are all tempted to leave our homes to shop, interact with others, etc. I participate in multiple calls every day with State, County and local leaders, during which leaders from the healthcare community provide us with the latest updates on research and treatment for COVID-19. One core message remains very clear; the need for social distancing, including, for the time being, staying in your homes as much as possible, is THE MOST IMPORTANT THING we can do to help limit the spread of the virus, and avoid allowing our healthcare facilities to become overrun with cases, resulting in needless fatalities due to lack of equipment or healthcare staff.

The decisions we are making are not easy, and we know that they have a profound impact on both individuals as well as businesses in our community. We are guided by one overarching principle; doing what is best for the health and safety of everyone who lives and works in our community, county state and nation. Please know that I will, as always, provide you with the most accurate and timely information possible, and ask that all Leonians understand the need for what we are asking of you, and for your continued, sustained and complete cooperation with all requirements.

Finally, don’t forget your neighbors; while the Leonia CARES assistance program details are being finalized, call, email or text your neighbors (especially the elderly and those with disabilities), and ensure that they have enough food and medicine, and are not feeling in any way unwell. If this is the case, they should immediately contact their healthcare provider.

Thanks to all Leonians for what you are doing not just for yourselves, but for each other. The strength of this community continues to inspire me as well as all of the other members of our team who are working so hard on your behalf; please, keep it up, knowing that we WILL get through this together.

Judah Zeigler

Mayor

Borough of Leonia

jzeigler@leonianj.gov

 

________________________________________________________________________________

 

Update - March 18, 2020

Fellow Leonians:

This email will include a few updates (including the fact that Leonia has now reported its first positive case of a Leonia resident), as well as providing restating the most important pieces of information from previous emails, in order to ensure that we’re reinforcing these critical elements.

Current Status

  • Current Cases: 
    • New Jersey: As of this afternoon, there are 427 presumptive positive or positive cases in New Jersey; this is an increase of 162 from yesterday.
    • Bergen County: Of the total cases shown above, 114 are reported to be in Bergen County.  This represents an increase of 30 cases from yesterday. 
    • Leonia:  This morning, we received word of our first positive case among Leonia residents.  The impacted individual is a healthcare worker (who works at a healthcare facility outside of Bergen County), and is currently in quarantine at home, in good condition.

    There are a significant number of tests which have been administered by Bergen County’s hospitals, but for which results have not been received. Thus, we can expect to continue to see large increases in the number of cases, each day, for some period of time. 

    Updates/New Information 

     

  • Driver License Expiration and Motor Vehicle Inspections:  The New Jersey Division of Motor Vehicles has provided guidance that New Jersey residents who have their driver’s license or motor vehicle inspection expiring prior to May 31, 2020 will automatically receive two-month extension.  All DMV offices are closed through March 30, 2020 (or longer, as events warrant).
  • Price Gouging and/or Suspected Scams:  Unfortunately, there are those who, at times such as these, seek to unfairly profit from others, or who break the law through new scams.  If you suspect either price gouging (defined as charging a price that is more than 10% higher than what would typically be charged for something), or that someone is attempting to scam you, please contact the New Jersey Department of Consumer Affairs at (973) 504-6240, or you can report the issue online by visiting www.njconsumeraffairs.gov
  • Leonia CARES Assistance Program:  As described yesterday, we are finalizing the logistics required to roll out a new program designed to ensure that everyone in our community has proper supplies of food and medicine, and is not experiencing unreported health issues.  Since last night’s email, we’ve had a great response to our call for Block Captains; however, we need more assistance if we’re going to be able to cover our entire town!  To learn more, and to express interest in becoming a Block Captain, please visit https://forms.gle/ykQZMLpK4jfJKRmj7. This is a VERY important program to ensure the health and safety of all Leonians; please strongly consider signing up as a Block Captain.

Important Information and Reminders

Following are important reminders and information:

  • Quarantine:  All Anna C. Scott School students and Staff, as well as Leonia Middle School students who attend SACC at ACS, and SACC staff working at ACS, should be in a self-quarantine period, through March 27, 2020. During this period, please take your temperature at least twice per day; if you begin to feel ill in any way, contact your healthcare provider.
  • Recommended Shelter in Place:  While not mandatory, it is highly recommended that all other Leonians shelter in place, and limit time outside of your home. If you wish to take a walk in your neighborhood, or go to Overpeck Park, you should feel free to do so; however, please ensure that you practice proper social distancing protocols (stay six feet away from others, sneeze or cough into your sleeve or a tissue and if a tissue, discard the tissue into an appropriate trash receptacle).
  • School Closure:  All schools are closed through April 10 (at the earliest).  Through April 3, distance learning will occur, according to the protocols previously provided to all students.
  • Ongoing COVID-19 Information:  As a reminder, it is VERY important that people carefully review any information provided to them about COVID-19. It is HIGHLY recommended that you obtain your information ONLY from one of the following sources:
  • Nixle Alert System:  All critical communication from the Borough of Leonia will be issued through the Nixle alert system.  You are encouraged to sign up for the Nixle alert system at https://local.nixle.com/borough-of-leonia/
  • Facebook Page: You are encouraged to “like” the Borough of Leonia’s Facebook page, as notifications are automatically pushed there as well.
  • Prevention Tips:  As with influenza and other contagious diseases, there are a number of actions you can take in order to protect yourself and your families:
  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water.  If soap and water is not available, use hand sanitizer with an alcohol concentration of at least 60%.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands
  • Avoid contact with individuals who are sick
  • Stay home from school or work if you are sick
  • Either with a tissue or with your sleeve, cover your mouth and nose when sneezing or coughing
  • Foreign Travel:  If you have, within the last 14 days, returned from travel to South Korea, Japan, Iran, Italy or Mainland China, and have not already been in contact with the Leonia Public Health Department, you are STRONGLY requested to immediately contact the Public Health Nurse at (201) 592-5780, x259.

We are continuing to do everything possible to ensure the health and safety of all Leonians, and thank each of you for the support you are showing, and for your assistance in ensuring that you are following established guidelines.

 

Judah Zeigler

Mayor

Borough of Leonia

jzeigler@leonianj.gov

 

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Update - March 17, 2020 

There are only a few COVID-19 updates to share with you this evening; I’ve also included information on two new initiatives we’ve started, as well as the most important pieces of information from previous emails, in order to ensure that we’re reinforcing these critical elements.

New Initiatives

  • Multi-Language Communication: I am THRILLED to announce that we have identified a group of Leonia students who have generously agreed to translate my communications regarding the COVID-19 pandemic and our response; therefore, effective with this evening’s communication, the emails being sent through the Nixle system will contain the same language in three languages (scroll down in the email to see the language of your choice): English, Korean and Spanish.

We are working on a way to allow you to identify the language in which you’d like to receive these communications, but this is going to take some time; so, in the meantime, we’ll simply provide the message, in different languages, all in one email file.

I would like to thank the students who have stepped forward to donate their time; we truly appreciate their efforts!

 

  • Leonia CARES Block Program: We are in the process of finalizing the infrastructure to roll out the initial phase of a program that will ensure that all Leonians, especially our seniors and those with disabilities, have food, medication and are in good health, throughout this health crisis.  I have asked Councilwoman Terrell and Councilman Ziegler to spearhead this program; if you are interested in serving as a block captain, you can visit https://forms.gle/ykQZMLpK4jfJKRmj7 to sign up, and to obtain additional information.  This is a VERY important program to ensure the health and safety of all Leonians; please strongly consider participating as a block captain.

Current Status

  • Current Cases: 
    • New Jersey: As of this afternoon, there are 267 presumptive positive or positive cases in New Jersey; this is an increase of 89 from yesterday.
    • Bergen County: Of the total cases shown above, 84 are reported to be in Bergen County.  This represents an increase of 23 cases from yesterday. 
    • Leonia:  At this time, Leonia does not yet have a reported positive case amongst Leonia residents.

    There are a significant number of tests which have been administered by Bergen County’s hospitals, but for which results have not been received. Thus, we can expect to continue to see large increases in the number of cases, each day, for some period of time.

     

  • Drive-Up Testing Centers:  We have been advised that the drive-up testing site being deployed in Bergen County remains on track for completion at the end of this week. We will provide you with as much detail as possible on the new center, as soon as we receive final details from the appropriate Federal, State and County authorities. 

Updates/New Information

  • Bergen County Executive Order:  The Bergen County Executive Order (2020-1B) will NOT go into effect this evening, as originally scheduled. It is now scheduled to be effective at 8:00 AM on Saturday, March 21, 2020.
  • Leonia Closures:  Based on guidance from the Leonia Public Health Officer, I am directing the following closures:
    • Daycare Centers:  Currently closed; will continue to remain closed through March 27, 2020 (we will revisit this classification of business prior to that date, in order to determine if the closure should be extended).
    • Nail and Hair Salons:  All nail and hair salons in the Borough of Leonia are to be closed, effective at 8:00 PM on Wednesday, March 18, 2020.  These are to remain closed until further notice.

     

    Important Information and Reminders

    Following are important reminders and information:

    • Quarantine:  All Anna C. Scott School students and Staff, as well as Leonia Middle School students who attend SACC at ACS, and SACC staff working at ACS, should be in a self-quarantine period, through March 27, 2020. During this period, please take your temperature at least twice per day; if you begin to feel ill in any way, contact your healthcare provider.
    • Recommended Shelter in Place:  While not mandatory, it is highly recommended that all other Leonians shelter in place, and limit time outside of your home. If you wish to take a walk in your neighborhood, or go to Overpeck Park, you should feel free to do so; however, please ensure that you practice proper social distancing protocols (stay six feet away from others, sneeze or cough into your sleeve or a tissue and if a tissue, discard the tissue into an appropriate trash receptacle).
    • School Closure:  All schools are closed through April 10 (at the earliest).  Through April 3, distance learning will occur, according to the protocols previously provided to all students.
    • Ongoing COVID-19 Information:  As a reminder, it is VERY important that people carefully review any information provided to them about COVID-19. It is HIGHLY recommended that you obtain your information ONLY from one of the following sources:
    • Nixle Alert System:  All critical communication from the Borough of Leonia will be issued through the Nixle alert system.  You are encouraged to sign up for the Nixle alert system at https://local.nixle.com/borough-of-leonia/
    • Facebook Page: You are encouraged to “like” the Borough of Leonia’s Facebook page, as notifications are automatically pushed there as well.
    • Prevention Tips:  As with influenza and other contagious diseases, there are a number of actions you can take in order to protect yourself and your families:
      • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water.  If soap and water is not available, use hand sanitizer with an alcohol concentration of at least 60%.
      • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands
      • Avoid contact with individuals who are sick
      • Stay home from school or work if you are sick
      • Either with a tissue or with your sleeve, cover your mouth and nose when sneezing or coughing
  • Foreign Travel:  If you have, within the last 14 days, returned from travel to South Korea, Japan, Iran, Italy or Mainland China, and have not already been in contact with the Leonia Public Health Department, you are STRONGLY requested to immediately contact the Public Health Nurse at (201) 592-5780, x259.

     

    We recognize that everyone is continuing to adjust to the continuing evolving disruptions to daily life; we would like to thank all Leonians for their support and cooperation, and would like to reiterate our municipal government’s commitment to ensuring the health and safety of all Leonia residents.


    ____________________________________________________________ 

 

Update - March 16, 2020

Current Status

  • Current Cases:  As of this writing, there are 178 presumptive positive or positive cases in New Jersey; 61 of those are in Bergen County. 23 of the 70 towns in Bergen County have at least one positive case (13 of the 23 were advised of their first case within the last 24 hours). At this time, Leonia does not yet have a positive case amongst Leonia residents.

There are a significant number of tests which have been administered by Bergen County’s hospitals, but for which results have not been received. Thus, we can expect to continue to see large increases in the number of cases, each day, for some period of time. 

  • Drive-Up Testing Centers:  We have been advised that the first drive-up testing site in New Jersey will be in Bergen County, and will be located at Bergen Community College. The current plan is to have the center up and running by the end of this week; at scale, the site will have a planned capacity of 200 tests per day. The National Guard is assisting with the establishment of the site (providing logistics and security support); FEMA is also sending mobile units to the site.  NOTE:  If you believe that you need a test, you should NOT go to the testing site without a doctor’s order; you MUST get a doctor’s test order first, or you risk being turned away.

State of New Jersey and Bergen County Executive Orders

 

  • New Executive Order – State of New Jersey:  This afternoon, New Jersey Governor Murphy issued Executive Order 104, which established new statewide restrictions:
    •  All preschools, public and private elementary, middle and high schools, colleges and universities are to be closed, effective Wednesday, March 18; no date for reopening has yet been established.
    • All gatherings over 50 people are to be canceled.
    • The following are closed until further notice:
      • Casinos
      • Racetracks
      • Gyms and similar fitness facilities
      • Movie theaters and all other performance venues
    • All restaurants and other foodservice establishments statewide must limit their offerings to curbside, takeout or home delivery; dine-in services are prohibited
  • New Executive Order – Bergen County:  Also this afternoon, Bergen County Executive Tedesco issued a new Executive Order (2020-1B), which is far more restrictive.  The new restrictions are effective as of 11:00 PM on Tuesday, March 17, 2020, and are as follows:
    • All businesses (retail or otherwise) within Bergen County are to cease operations as of with the following exceptions:
      • Food stores (but the number of shoppers is limited to the maximum that will still permit proper social distancing protocols)
      • Pharmacies
      • Gas stations
      • Healthcare facilities (NOTE:  Dental offices have been ordered closed unless the dentist is completing an emergency procedure)
      • Law firms, but only to conduct activities pertaining to current Superior Court trials or other “emergent transactions.”
      • Banks
      • Funeral homes
    • All utility works is suspended, with the exception of emergencies
    • No groups of more than four (4) people, with the exception of those living in the same household, may congregate on any public street or area.
    • A curfew will be in effect in Bergen County between the hours of 8:00 PM and 7:00 AM, for "all public outdoor activities.

Clearly, there are some conflicts between the State and County Executive Orders; however, in order to ensure, to the greatest extent possible, the safety and security of all Leonia residents, I have directed the Leonia Police Department and all other Borough Departments to be guided by Bergen County’s restrictions, as described above.

 

Current Status of Schools, Borough Facilities, Borough Parking Ordinances and Other Leonia Entities

The following is the most up-to-date status of Borough Facilities, buildings operated by the Leonia Board of Education, and other facilities operating within the Borough of Leonia. The status of non-governmental facilities can change without our knowledge; therefore, it is suggested that you check directly with that facility if you have questions:

  • Leonia Public Schools:  Closed through April 10, 2020 (at a minimum), with distance learning occurring, based on the protocols provided by the Leonia School District. All extracurricular and/or school sponsored activities are also canceled.
  • Borough Hall, Recreation Center, Public Library and DPW:  All Borough facilities are closed to the public.  We have limited staff working in our facilities (as well as remotely). The public is encouraged to contact employees via email or phone, and visit www.leonianj.gov for additional information regarding online form availability, as well as a staff telephone directory.
  • Borough Parks/School Playgrounds:  All Borough parks and school playgrounds are closed until further notice.
  • Parking Ordinances:  Ordinances encompassing alternate side parking as well as residential hangtag restrictions have been suspended during the period when school buildings are closed.
  • Borough Board, Commission and Committee Meetings: All non-essential Board, Commission and Committee meetings are canceled until further notice.
  • Mayor and Council Meetings: Meetings of the Mayor and Council will be virtual; the public will be provided with information on how to access the meetings, and will have the opportunity to ask questions during the public portions (which will also be virtual).
  • Borough Businesses, Restaurants, etc: As you know, all foodservice establishments in Leonia were, effective at 3:00 PM yesterday, limited to takeout, curbside, or home delivery services.  This will continue until further notice.  Most other businesses, with the exceptions noted in the Bergen County Executive Order as described above, will be closed beginning at 11:00 PM on Tuesday, March 17.
  • Houses of Worship:  Most houses of worship have suspended in-person services and activities. Some are conducting online services; please contact them directly for the most up-to-date information.

Quarantine Information

  • As announced on March 15, a staff member at Anna C. Scott School has tested positive.  Many have expressed frustration at not being able to obtain the name of the staff member, or other information. Please note that it is a violation of Federal HIPAA law for this information to be given to anyone, and in fact, most of us don’t even know the identify of the individual in question. However, even if you knew the name of the individual, the required quarantine protocols would remain the same, as shown below.
  • All Anna C. Scott school students and staff should begin a period of self-quarantine, extending through Saturday, March 27, 2020. This means that you should remain in your homes, and monitor yourself for any symptoms. If you are feeling unwell, you should contact your physician.
  • All Leonia Middle School Students who attend the SACC program, and all SACC staff who work at Anna C. Scott School, are also to immediately begin the same self-quarantine period, extending through March 27, 2020.
  • The urgent quarantine requirements described above do not extend to the family members or caregivers of the population segments described above; those who potentially came into direct contact with the affected staff member, either directly or through touching an infected surface, are the ones who are required to abide by this.
  • Quarantine guidelines:
    • Do not interact with anyone other than those living in your household, for the duration of the quarantine period.
    • You are permitted to go outside; however, you must avoid any interaction with others.
    • Do not invite guests into your home.
    • If you are getting food or other deliveries, have them left at your front door.
    • Do not travel, locally or otherwise.
    • Take your temperature twice per day, to ensure that you do not have a fever.
    • In the event that you begin to develop any type of illness or fever, contact your healthcare provider immediately; do NOT simply go to the hospital/ER.
    • Remember to follow proper sanitary guidelines (wash hands for at least 20 seconds, avoid touching your face).
  • NOTE:  All Borough residents are STRONGLY encouraged to limit their interaction with non-family members not living with you, as well as others, and limit any unnecessary local and other travel.  This includes visits to other Borough residents, unless necessary. If you would like to check on your neighbors, please do this via telephone, email or text.

Emergency Response

Please note that if you require police, fire or emergency medical services response to your home, you may be asked to provide the health status of all members of your household. This is permitted under the current Federal and State States of Emergency, as well as the State Health Emergency, and these questions are being asked in order to ensure that the individuals who are attempting to render aid are utilizing the proper personal protective equipment in order to ensure that they do not unnecessarily expose themselves to COVID-19.

Latest COVID-19 Information

As a reminder, it is VERY important that people carefully review any information provided to them about COVID-19.  It is HIGHLY recommended that you obtain your information ONLY from one of the following sources:

You are encouraged to sign up for the Nixle alert system at https://local.nixle.com/borough-of-leonia/.  This is the system that we utilize for all official updates. You are also encouraged to “like” the Borough of Leonia’s Facebook page, as notifications are automatically pushed there as well.

As a reminder, listservs and private bulletin boards are NOT official communication mechanisms but rather, are private sites. The Borough of Leonia cannot guarantee that official announcements or communications will appear on these sites; you are encouraged to visit the Borough website to obtain official Borough information.

Prevention & Foreign Travel

  • Prevention:  As with influenza and other contagious diseases, there are a number of actions you can take in order to protect yourself and your families:
    • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water.  If soap and water is not available, use hand sanitizer with an alcohol concentration of at least 60%.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands
    • Avoid contact with individuals who are sick
    • Stay home from school or work if you are sick
    • Either with a tissue or with your sleeve, cover your mouth and nose when sneezing or coughing
  • Foreign Travel:  If you have, within the last 14 days, returned from travel to South Korea, Japan, Iran, Italy or Mainland China, and have not already been in contact with the Leonia Public Health Department, you are STRONGLY requested to immediately contact the Public Health Nurse at (201) 592-5780, x259.

I know that this is a great deal of information to read and understand, which is why I had hoped to cover it instead in a conference call. However, it is very important that you have the latest information as soon as possible, and so we have chosen to provide it in written fashion, rather than wait until the call is rescheduled.

We are together facing a new reality, and one that will, almost without question, continue for an extended period of time. All of us will have to learn to do things differently, to put up with numerous inconvenient changes to the way we live our lives, and to deal with frustration as the situation changes rapidly, and new or revised requirements are put in place.

Through it all, I ask all Leonians to remember that we are, first and foremost, a community of neighbors who deeply respect and care about one another. Our municipal government, working in collaboration with the Leonia Board of Education and School District Administration, is committed to doing everything possible to provide you with the latest, most accurate information, as well as guidance on how best to ensure that you and your families are safe and secure. We won’t get everything right, but we will make decisions based solely on what we believe to be in the best interest of our community as a whole.  We ask for your support, we ask for your commitment to ensuring that you are adhering to the requirements and recommendations that are in place, and we ask for you to be patient and flexible, recognizing that we are all working VERY hard to ensure your continued health and safety.

Leonians are strong and resilient, and so is our community as a whole; I look forward to partnering with all of you to face these challenges together, and to emerging even strong, once this pandemic is behind us.

Judah Zeigler

Mayor

Borough of Leonia

jzeigler@leonianj.gov

 

Update - March 15, 2020

We have been advised today that a member of the Anna C. Scott School staff has tested positive for COVID-19. In order to ensure the health and safety of all Leonians, we are taking the following immediate actions:

  • All Anna C. Scott school students and staff should immediately begin a period of self-quarantine, extending through Saturday, March 27, 2020. This means that you should remain in your homes, and monitor yourself for any symptoms. If you are feeling unwell, you should contact your physician. 
  • All Leonia Middle School Students who attend the SACC program, and all SACC staff who work at Anna C. Scott School, are also to immediately begin the same self-quarantine period, extending through March 27, 2020.  
  • The Leonia School District buildings will continue to be closed through Friday, April 3, observing the distance learning protocols previously provided to all students. Spring break is already scheduled for April 6 through April 10; therefore, the current plan is to reopen Leonia School District Buildings on April 13, 2020 (subject to conditions at that time). 
  • As a result of the latest developments, the distribution of computers from the Leonia School District will be delayed until Monday afternoon (March 16), or Tuesday morning (March 17). Details will be communicated directly from the Superintendent of Schools.
  • For families that participate in the Leonia School District lunch program, the pickup location has been changed to the front entrance of Leonia Middle School (pickup will NOT be available at Anna C. Scott school). For families that chose home delivery, the process will remain unchanged. 
  • All Borough restaurants have been directed to offer takeout or delivery service only; no dine-in service is permitted at any Borough food establishment, until further notice. 
  • All Borough parks are closed and off-limits to everyone, until further notice. 
  • Borough Hall, the Leonia Recreation Center and the Leonia Public Library are closed to the public; staff are available via telephone and email. Please visit www.leonianj.gov, for an employee directory as well as available online services.
  • All non-essential Borough Board and Commission meetings are to be postponed.
  • All Borough residents are strongly encouraged to limit their interaction with non-family members not living with you, as well as others, and limit any unnecessary local and other travel. This includes visits to other Borough residents, unless necessary. If you would like to check on your neighbors, please do this via telephone, email or text.

We recognize that these new requirements represent significant inconvenience; however, they are being taken out of an abundance of caution, in order to ensure the health, safety and security of all Leonians.

Our municipal government and Board of Education are working together to ensure that we are doing everything possible to proactively and responsibly address the current situation; we thank you for your anticipated full support and cooperation with the new requirements, and hope that all Leonians stay safe during this difficult period.

 

Update - March 12, 2020

Current Status

  • Current Cases:  As of March 12th, 2020, there are 29 presumptive positive or positive cases in New Jersey, of which 13 are in Bergen County.  At this time, Leonia does not have any presumptive positive or positive cases.
  • Testing by private laboratories has now begun, which means that there will be a significantly greater number of tests being performed.  This will result in a rapid increase in the numbers of cases being diagnosed. 
  • New Jersey State of Emergency/Bergen County State of Emergency:  On March 5, Governor Murphy issued both a State of Emergency (Executive Order 103) and a Health Emergency (NJSA 26:13-1).  On March 10, County Executive Tedesco issued a State of Emergency for Bergen County.

It is worth noting that these actions are taken primarily to ensure that costs that are incurred by State, County and/or local governments can be reimbursed, depending upon whether or not the U.S. Government also declares a State of Emergency for New Jersey.  This does NOT mean that there are plans for any large-scale social distancing or quarantining initiatives, or that any other large-scale action is being taken.

 

Current Priorities

  • COVID-19 Task Force:  The Borough has convened a COVID-19 Task Force, consisting of Mayor Zeigler, Councilwoman Davis (as Board of Health Liaison), our Emergency Management Coordinator, our Borough Administrator, and the leaders of all of the essential services departments within our Borough, which include emergency services, DPW, and our Board of Health. Representatives of Englewood Hospital are also participating. The Leonia School District is also represented, both by the Superintendent of Schools and by the Buildings and Grounds Supervisor.
  • Continuity Planning:  Our priority is to establish a comprehensive continuity plan, in order to ensure, in the event any large-scale social distancing or quarantine initiatives are required, that we maintain essential services for all Leonians. As you can imagine, there are a great many details that must be considered, and we are working as quickly as possible in order to ensure that we identify what is needed, and to have in place a plan that will allow us to ensure the continued safety of all Leonians. It is important to note that at this time, no social distancing or mandatory quarantine initiatives are being contemplated; however, we must be prepared in the event that such measures become required. Leonia's COVID-19 Task Force is meeting very regularly to review the latest information, as well as to discuss upcoming events in Leonia, in order to issue guidance to various organizations regarding whether or not events should be postponed or canceled.
  • Protection of Vulnerable Population Segments:  We are focusing decision-making on ensuring that the most vulnerable segments of our population are not in an environment wherein they are potentially exposed to COVID-19.  These segments are:
    • Those with ages 60 and higher;
    • Those with autoimmune disorders;
    • Those who have other underlying medical conditions that would make recovering from exposure to COVID-19 more difficult. 

 

Resources and Information

  • As you can imagine, information regarding COVID-19 changes constantly; the Mayor has been and will continue to participate in calls with Governor Murphy and State Health Commissioner Persichelli, and our Board of Health leadership is in constant contact with their counterparts at the County and State levels of government. To get the latest information on the situation, it is recommended that you bookmark the following websites and take note of the State’s COVID-19 hotline:
  • Nixle System:  The Borough of Leonia utilizes the Nixle system for emergency announcements; in order to sign up for the system, follow please complete the following steps:
    • To receive both email and text alerts, go to https://local.nixle.com/city/nj/leonia/ and follow the instructions provided to sign up for the Nixle messaging service. This method allows you to customize your locations and the type of  alerts you receive.
    • To receive only text messages to you cellular phone, you may register by texting “07605” to the number 888777. You will receive a reply text from Nixle. Reply “YES” to receive messages from Nixle. This method allows for fewer options and no customization, but you can always log onto the Nixle website later on to set your preferences.

 

Upcoming Events & Borough Facilities

  • Event Cancellations:  Guidance from the CDC and State of New Jersey is that any event planned that involves vulnerable populations, or events of over 250 people in total, be canceled or postponed.  Additional guidance from hospitals and other health system experts is that events over 20 should be reviewed, in order to determine if they should be canceled or postponed.  Based on this, the following events have been canceled or postponed:
    • Senior Programs:  All programs for senior citizens are suspended until further notice.
    • Recreation Basketball Program: Playoffs scheduled for March 14th have been postponed to a future date TBD.
    • Knights of Columbus Pancake Breakfast:  Postponed (check with Knights of Columbus regarding whether or not this will be rescheduled).
    • St. John’s Altar Society Fish Fry:  Postponed (check with St. John’s Altar Society regarding whether or not this will be rescheduled).
    • Lee Clark Scholarship Final 4 Fundraiser:  Canceled 

We are continuing to review upcoming events in order to determine which, if any, should be canceled or postponed.  Please check with the organization responsible for each event for the latest status.
 

  • Recreation Center:  Effective at 4:30 PM on Friday, March 13, all remaining winter programs and activities at the Leonia Recreation Center will be cancelled. The Borough of Leonia will provide updates as to when the Borough of Leonia will reopen.
  • Leonia Public Library:  At this writing, the Library is operating under standard hours.  If this changes, the public will be notified by the Borough of Leonia.
  • Jury Duty:  The Bergen County Executive has advised us that those who are feeling unwell or are a member of one of the vulnerable population segments described above, and who are concerned about participating as a Juror, should contact the Bergen County Courts at the telephone number provided on the Jury Notice, and you will be excused.
  • Municipal Court:  At this writing, municipal court operations are proceeding as normal.  If this changes, the public will be notified by the Borough of Leonia.

 

Preparedness for Individuals and Families

  • Prevention:  As with influenza and other contagious diseases, there are a number of actions you can take in order to protect yourself and your families:
    • Wash your hands frequently, each time for at least 20 seconds, and using soap and water. If soap and water is not available, use hand sanitizer with an alcohol concentration of at least 60%.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
    • Avoid contact with individuals who are sick.
    • Stay home from school or work if you are sick.
    • Either with a tissue or with your sleeve, cover your mouth and nose when sneezing or coughing.
  • Face Masks:  The CDC does NOT recommend the use of face masks for those who are not exhibiting symptoms of illness. Face masks should be worn by those who are ill (in order to prevent the spread of germs to others). 
  • Shopping and visiting other public places:  There have been anecdotal reports of a significant drop in business being experienced by businesses in Leonia and across the area. Again, no social distancing or mandatory quarantining initiatives are contemplated, and there is no reason to think that shopping at Leonia businesses puts anyone at any greater risk than not doing so. By following the guidelines above, you can minimize your risk to exposure not just to COVID-19, but to the other common respiratory illnesses also present in our area.  There is no reason to avoid patronizing our local businesses.
  • Travelers from High-Risk Areas:  If you have recently returned from travel to China, South Korea, Italy or Iran, the CDC recommends that you self-quarantine for a period of fourteen (14) days from the date of departure from that country, and conduct self-monitoring during that period. Please contact the Leonia Board of Health at (201) 592-5780, x259; the Public Health Nurse will be able to provide you with additional assistance.
  • Individuals with symptoms:  As with any other illness, if you begin to feel ill, you should seek medical attention immediately. Symptoms can be found on the CDC and/or New Jersey Department of Health websites (links above).

 

Price Gouging & Potential Bias Incidents

  • Price Gouging:  Unfortunately, there are individuals who seek to unfairly profit from situations like this.  If you find a retailer charging a price for something that is higher by 10% or more of the price you would typically pay, you are encouraged to report this to the Bergen County Office of Consumer Affairs at (201) 336-6400.  The Bergen County Executive has advised us that all reports will be fully investigated, and those who violate the State’s price gouging law will be prosecuted to the fullest extent.
  • Bias Incidents:  Even more unfortunate is that at times like these, people sometimes unfairly lash out at selected ethnic, religious or other groups, and in recent days there have, in Bergen County, already been increases in these types of incidents.   If you experience or are witness to something like this, you are encouraged to contact the Leonia Police Department at (201) 944-0800.  The Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office has advised us that they will fully investigate all reports of potential bias crimes; to be clear, the Borough of Leonia has zero tolerance for such behavior. 

 

Ongoing Updates

  • Borough Updates:  We will update information on the Borough website as frequently as is appropriate; this will also push to the Borough’s Facebook page. We will also push urgent information and updates through the Nixle system. Listservs or bulletin boards are not official communication mechanisms; as such, while we will try to include these in our communication distribution, you should not rely on them. Instead, make sure that you are registered with the Nixle system, and sign up to receive updates from the Borough website.
  • School Updates:  Any updates to the Leonia Public School community will be made by the Superintendent of Schools and/or representatives of the Leonia Board of Education. We are of course working in close cooperation with the Board of Education and the school administrative team; however, if they have district-specific information to share, they will do so based on their established protocols.
  • Town-Wide Conference Call:  We are in the process of setting up a town-wide conference call, during which Leonia residents will be able to ask questions, and we will be able to provide you with the latest information on the COVID-19 situation.  We will advise you when the call has been scheduled, and provide you with dial-in information at that time.

Please be assured that we are doing everything possible to properly prepare to ensure that we are able to properly serve all of our residents, and will continue to keep everyone updated as new information is provided to us. We encourage everyone to utilize the online resources highlighted in this email, as they will provide you with the most up-to-date information.

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