Updated 3-31-20: Letters from Mayor Chegwidden and the Borough Council re: COVID-19

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3/31/20 

To All Wharton Residents: 

Today we have received word of additional confirmed cases in the Borough, bringing our total to 21. We would like to reiterate that this increase should not cause panic, because more cases were expected due to the expansion of testing state-wide. At this point, the State and Morris County have taken over the tracking of case numbers per town. You can find regular updates here-https://health.morriscountynj.gov/coronavirus/#cases

We wish all of the patients and their families the best during this difficult time.

We are proud of the efforts of our community to do our part to help "flatten the curve." Please continue to stay home and follow the instructions of the State and Local Health Departments and the CDC. 

We would like to take a moment to thank our residents who are healthcare workers, emergency services personnel, and other essential workers. Your courage and sacrifice is inspiring and we cannot thank you enough for the part you are playing in helping to address this pandemic. Thank you to everyone who has donated, volunteered, or helped others. Thank you for continuing to support our local businesses where you can. 

We are continually updating our website and social media to help keep you informed. Please check them regularly for new information. You can also visit the State’s website for COVID-19 information here- https://covid19.nj.gov/

We have been trying to share information about opportunities for people to help where they can. We have also been trying to share ideas about things you can do at home. Now we would like to hear suggestions from our residents of either safe ways to help or ideas to keep everyone occupied at home. Please email your suggestions to us here-  http://www.whartonnj.com/index.php/contact-us and we will choose some to share with your fellow residents.

Stay safe, we will get through this together.

Mayor William Chegwidden and the Borough Council


3/27/20 

To All Wharton Residents:

Today we have received word of an additional confirmed case in the Borough, bringing our total to 5. We should not panic about this because the increase in the number of cases was expected due to the expansion of testing state-wide. As a community it is vital that we continue to do our best to “slow the spread.” Please stay home, unless absolutely necessary and continue to follow the recommendations of the Health Department, State Health Department, and CDC.

I would like you to know that our police, fire and emergency services as well as other town employees continue to serve you during these trying times.

We’ve noticed many residents who are at home taking advantage of the nice weather doing yard work. We’ve decided to move up the yard waste pickup to this Monday March 30th to jump start the season.

Wharton is a family and I’m proud of the response of our community thus far. I am happy to see our residents doing whatever they can to help stop this virus and help each other where they can. I know things are tough right now, but we will get through this together.

We are continually updating our website and social media to help keep you informed. Please check them regularly for new information. You can also visit the State’s website for COVID-19 information here- https://covid19.nj.gov/

Mayor William Chegwidden


3/25/20 

To All Wharton Residents:

The Borough of Wharton Health Department, in conjunction with the New Jersey Department of Health, has confirmed one additional case of COVID-19 (coronavirus) in the Borough. The individual is isolated, and Borough health officials are following all appropriate NJ Department of Health and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention protocols in conducting efficient and comprehensive follow up. Close contacts of this case are being quarantined. If you had come into close contact with an individual with a confirmed case you would have been contacted.  Their health status is being monitored by health department staff. To protect the private medical information of the individual, the Wharton Borough Health Department will not be releasing additional information about this case

We wish the individual well and their family the best in this difficult time. 

This is not a time for panic. We have expected additional cases to be announced state-wide as testing becomes more widespread. I cannot stress enough the importance of social distancing and following the guidelines of the Centers for Disease Control, the State of New Jersey and our public health officials. Please stay home unless absolutely necessary.

Residents with questions or concerns may contact the Health Department at 862-419-4300. Wharton Borough contracts with the Township of Mount Olive Health Department. You can also call the NJ COVID-19 Information Public Call Center: 1.800.222.1222, 2-1-1, text NJCOVID to 898-211 or visit New Jersey’s new website-https://covid19.nj.gov/

Thank you for your continued cooperation. Please continue to keep you and your families safe and healthy. We will get through this together.

Mayor William Chegwidden

3/21/20 

To All Wharton Residents:

The Borough of Wharton Health Department, in conjunction with the New Jersey Department of Health, has confirmed two additional cases of COVID-19 (coronavirus) in the Borough. The individuals are isolated, and Borough health officials are following all appropriate NJ Department of Health and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention protocols in conducting efficient and comprehensive follow up. Close contacts of this case are being quarantined. If you had come into close contact with an individual with a confirmed case you would have been contacted.  Their health status is being monitored by health department staff. To protect the private medical information of the individuals, the Wharton Borough Health Department will not be releasing additional information about this case

We wish the individuals well and their family the best in this difficult time. 

This is not a time for panic. We have expected additional cases to be announced state-wide as testing becomes more widespread. I cannot stress enough the importance of social distancing and following the guidelines of the Centers for Disease Control, the State of New Jersey and our public health officials. Please stay home unless absolutely necessary.

Residents with questions or concerns may contact the Health Department at 862-419-4300. Wharton Borough contracts with the Township of Mount Olive Health Department. You can also call the NJ COVID-19 Information Public Call Center: 1.800.222.1222, 2-1-1, text NJCOVID to 898-211 or visit New Jersey’s new website-https://covid19.nj.gov/

Thank you for your continued cooperation. Please continue to keep you and your families safe and healthy. We will get through this together.

Mayor William Chegwidden


3/20/20

To All Wharton Residents,

The Borough of Wharton Health Department, in conjunction with the New Jersey Department of Health, has confirmed the first case of COVID-19 (coronavirus) in the Borough. The individual is isolated, and Borough health officials are following all appropriate NJ Department of Health and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention protocols in conducting efficient and comprehensive follow up.   Close contacts of this case are being quarantined.  Their health status is being monitored by health department staff. To protect the private medical information of the individual, the Wharton Borough Health Department will not be releasing additional information about this case

We wish the individual with confirmed case of the virus well and their family the best in this difficult time. We also remind the community to remain vigilant in following the guidance provided by the Centers for Disease Control, the State of New Jersey and our public health officials when it comes to social distancing, hand washing, covering coughs and sneezes and disinfecting common areas.

Residents exhibiting any symptoms of COVID-19 should consult their personal doctor by phone to discuss treatment options. For additional information regarding COVID-19 or the latest information from the Borough regarding this health emergency, residents are encouraged to check the CDC’s COVID-19 website, the NJ Department of Health’s COVID-19 website, and the Borough’s website.

Residents with questions or concerns may also contact the Health Department at 862-419-4300. Wharton Borough contracts with the Township of Mount Olive Health Department. You can also call the NJ COVID-19 Information Public Call Center: 1.800.222.1222, 2-1-1 or text NJCOVID to 898-211

Thank you for your continued cooperation. Please continue to keep you and your families safe and healthy. We will get through this together.

Mayor William, J. Chegwidden


 3/16/20

To All Wharton Residents,

The Borough of Wharton is working to provide service for our residents and ensure the safety of Borough employees and members of the general public during the current national health pandemic.

Effective, Tuesday March 17th, and until further notice, Borough Hall will be closed to all public access. Only employees and officials will be allowed to enter. We will remain staffed during normal business hours and will provide services via phone, email, postal mail, the Borough’s website at www.whartonnj.com, and by utilizing our drop box located in the vestibule on West Central Ave.

Borough Phone Numbers

Main Line- 973-361-8444

Fax- 973-361-5281

  • Receptionist- 973-361-8444 x2710
  • Public Health Nurse- 973-361-8444 x2715
  • Construction Department- 973-361-8444 x2719
  • Housing/Zoning- 973-361-8444 x2721
  • Tax Collector- 973-361-8444 x2714
  • Water/Sewer Collector, Registrar, Planning Board- 973-361-8444 x2712
  • Borough Clerk- 973-361-8444 x2713
  • Borough Administrator- 973-361-8444 x2711
  • Finance- 973-361-8444 x2718
  • Police Department Records- 973-366-5893
  • Public Works Department- 973-361-8444 x2758

Borough Email Addresses

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  • Water/Sewer Collector, Registrar, Planning Board- This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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  • Police Department Records- This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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Visit our website for forms including construction permits, online payments, to look up what you owe for tax, water, or sewer, and information about COVID-19.

All recreation sponsored activities and events are postponed.

The Senior Bus is still running with precautions. 

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

The Council, Staff, and I will continue to monitor the situation on a daily basis and provide updates to operational procedures as needed.

Thank you for your continued cooperation. Please continue to keep you and your families safe and healthy. We will get through this together.

Keep informed by obtaining information from trusted and reliable sources, including the CDC, NJDOH, and the Wharton Borough Health Department:

Mayor William J. Chegwidden


3/15/20

To All Wharton Residents, 

I want to reassure you that the health and safety of our residents are always our top priority in Wharton. During this particularly unique and challenging time, our Borough staff are working diligently to monitor the rapidly evolving situation regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, inform our residents of precautions and safety practices and stay vigilant.

  • We are closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation on a local, county and national level.
  • Our public health department is in regular communication with county and state health officials and has up-to-date information about the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Wharton Public School announced that they will remain closed until March 27th.
  • The Wharton Library is closed until March 27th.
  • We are cancelling or postponing all non-essential events for the next 2 weeks and discourage organizations from hosting large group events.
  • Town hall remains open for business and borough services have not been interrupted. However, it is strongly recommended during this health emergency that residents opt to conduct business via telephone or e-mail instead of face-to-face interaction. You can find a list of ways in which you can conduct business or make contactless payments here.
  • 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.
  • The Wharton Municipal court sessions scheduled between 3/16 - 3/27 have been suspended. The Wharton Court in Mt. Arlington will be closed to walk ins until 3/27 and will only be available via phone.
  • The Borough’s water supply system is functioning normally and has emergency generator backup if necessary. According to the CDC and the WHO there is no threat to the drinking water supply from COVID-19. There is no need to fear that our water supply will be affected during this event.

As our medical experts advise, basic sanitary practices are critical to minimizing the spread of the coronavirus. We can all take everyday preventive actions, such as:

  • Wash your hands frequently
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
  • Practice social distancing
  • Stay home when you are sick
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces
  • Avoid sharing personal items
  • If you do become sick, stay in contact with others by phone or e-mail

Keep informed by obtaining information from trusted and reliable sources, including the CDC, NJDOH, and the Wharton Borough Health Department:

Mayor William J. Chegwidden

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