Updated 4-1-20: COVID-19 Information


2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

(Updated- April 1, 2020)

Residents with questions or concerns about COVID-19 and resources available to them can call 2-1-1. NJ 211 is New Jersey’s statewide, comprehensive, information and referral service operated by United Ways of New Jersey. 2-1-1 is available from 7am-11pm daily

Residents with medical questions about COVID-19 can call 1-800-962-1253 (24/7)

Residents can also text NJCOVID to 898-211 to receive text information and stay informed. To receive live text assistance, residents can text their zip code to 898-211.

As of 3/21/20 New Jersey has a new website for COVID-19 Information. 

2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Symptoms:

The 2019 Novel Coronavirus may cause mild to severe respiratory symptoms like:

  • cough
  • fever
  • trouble breathing and
  • pneumonia

The CDC believes at this time that symptoms may appear in as few as 2 days or as long as 14 days after exposure to the virus.

How Does Novel Coronavirus Spread?

Exposure to 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) can occur in the following ways:

  • Via the air by coughing and sneezing
  • Close personal contact, such as touching or shaking hands
  • Touching an object or surface with the virus on it, then touching your mouth, nose, or eyes
  • In rare cases, exposure to fecal matter of an infected individual

Public Health Recommendations:

  • Follow good respiratory hygiene recommendations.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or sleeve, not your hands.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water. Use alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
  • Stay home if you are sick and avoid sick people.
  • Practice social distancing


Due to the rapidly changing situation, travel recommendations and countries with various levels of travel alerts are subject to frequent updates. Stay up to date with CDC’s travel health notices related to this outbreak at the following link: CDC Travel Health Advisories.

Current List of Closures and Restrictions

  • Effective March 17th Borough Hall will be closed to public access. We will remain staffed and will provide services via phone, email, postal mail, the Borough’s website, and by utilizing our drop box located in the vestibule on West Central Ave. For information on contactless business options and a packet of information on Town Hall services you can still use during this closure click here
  • Wharton Public Schools are closed.- Student breakfast/lunch is available for pick up each weekday at the school between 9:00 am - 11:00 am.
  • The Wharton Library is closed.
  • The Police Records Department is open but is asking anyone with requests to make them via phone 973-366-5893 or email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. All responses will be faxed or emailed if possible. You can also make non emergency police reports online here.
  • Wharton Municipal Court sessions scheduled prior to April 28th have been suspended. The Wharton Court in Mt. Arlington will be closed to walk ins and will only be available via phone.
  • As of March 18th all public and school owned playgrounds, basketball courts and tennis courts have been closed to the public.

Morris County

  • Effective March 19th Morris County has ordered closed any indoor public or private recreational bathing facilities, indoor recreational facilities (such as trampoline parks, miniature golf, batting cages, racquetball/tennis centers, and ice rinks)
  • Playgrounds and all playing fields within Morris County are closed. Parks may remain open for only passive recreation. No organized or directed activities are allowed.
  • Effective March 20th, all adult day health service facilities are closed.

Statewide- For more information on any State Regulations visit-https://covid19.nj.gov/

  • Many State agencies including the NJMVC and Unemployment are not open for public access. Check the website of the agency you need for information on each specific one.
  • All gatherings of persons such as parties, celebrations, or other social events, unless otherwise authorized by the Executive Order are prohibited.
  • All public, private, and parochial preschool programs, and elementary and secondary schools, including charter and renaissance schools, will be closed beginning on Wednesday, March 18th.
  • Institutions of higher education will cease all in-person instruction beginning on Wednesday, March 18th and shall cease such in-person instruction.
  • All casinos, concert venues, nightclubs, racetracks, gyms, fitness centers and classes, movie theaters, and performing arts centers will be closed to the public beginning on Monday, March 16th at 8:00 p.m.
  • All restaurant establishments, with or without a liquor or limited brewery license, are limited to offering delivery and/or take out-services only.
  • Starting March 17th at 8 p.m. all indoor shopping malls, amusement parks, and amusement centers are closed. Restaurants in indoor malls can still do take-out and delivery only.
  • Starting March 19th at 8 P.m. all personal care businesses such as barbershops, hair salons, nail salons, tattoo parlors and massage parlors are closed.
  • Many grocery stores have restricted hours and many have set aside specific times for older adults only to shop. Check with your store for their hours prior to heading out.
  • Starting March 20th at 8 P.m. all municipal, county and State public libraries, and all libraries and computer labs at public and private colleges and universities are closed.
  • Starting March 21st at 9 p.m. all non-essential businesses are closed and a statewide stay at home order has been issued. For more information on what this entails click here.
  • Starting March 27th at 5 p.m. all "elective" surgeries performed on adults, whether medical or dental are suspended in New Jersey
  • Effective April 1st all Child Care Centers, unless serving children of essential workers will be closed.

Resources for Businesses:

  • New Jersey has put together a website to offer guidance for businesses impacted by COVID-19. Click here to visit it.
  • On 3/26/20 The New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) Board approved a suite of new programs designed to support businesses and workers facing economic hardship due to the outbreak of the novel coronavirus COVID-19. You can find out more information here
  • You can also visit the US Small Business Administration here for information on applying for SBA economic injury disaster loans.
  • The Small Business Owner's Guide to the CARES Act.

Resources for Employees:

  • New Jersey Department of Labor has put together information for employees impacted by COVID-19. Click here to visit their website.
  • The State of NJ has set up a jobs portal for those looking for work. Click here to visit it.

Other Resources:

  • The Borough of Wharton will not be doing any water shut offs for non-payment during the state of emergency.
  • For information on housing and rental assistance and mortgage relief click here.
  • To see if you are eligible for food assistance, cash assistance, and health insurance through the State of NJ click here.
  • The deadline for filing New Jersey individual income taxes and corporate business taxes has been moved from 4/15/20 to 7/15/20.

For more information:

Visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/summary.html

Visit the New Jersey Department of Health website at https://www.state.nj.us/health/cd/topics/ncov.shtml

Visit Morris County's website at https://health.morriscountynj.gov/coronavirus/ for information on the testing center at Morris County College and on the number of Morris County cases of COVID-19.

Wharton Borough contracts with the Township of Mount Olive Health Department. For more information from them click here.

Follow us on social media for more updates. You can find our facebook here and our twitter here

We have put together a packet of information for Senior Citizens who may not have internet access and have provided paper copies to the Senior Building. If you know a Wharton Senior who does not live in the Senior Building and does not have internet access, you can download a copy for them here or contact us at 973-361-8444 and we will mail them one.

Resources for the Public:

According to the World Health Organization and the CDC there is no threat to the drinking water supply from the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). For more information on water click here.


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