March 20 Update: Useful Information and Links on COVID19
Please see useful links and phone numbers for residents from U.S, New Jersey, County, and local resources, including medical safety, local financial, business, and personal resources. Also, free lunch deliveries for kids will commence on Monday, March 21 (see below for details). We will continue to add to this list as new information becomes available.
One of the most important things residents can do to protect themselves against all risks is to keep up to date on information.
Twenty-four Hour Phone Hotline
If any non-clinical person has questions, a multi-language 24/7 public call center has been opened at the NJ Poison Information and Education System (NJPIES) and can be reached at 1-800-222-1222.
On-Line Information Resources for Residents and Businesses
The two best places for information are:
The New Jersey Department of Health website:
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website:
Specifically, they have guidance
Useful Federal /State / County Information
- On March 16, 2020 the White House announced a program called “15 Days to Stop the Spread,” which is a nationwide effort to slow the spread of COVID-19 through the implementation of social distancing at all levels of society. This is a massive preventive response to slow the spread and reduce the impact of the disease in our communities. People are being asked to stay home as much as possible and practice social distancing. This includes canceling or postponing gatherings and closing schools.
- Visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website athttps://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/summary.html
- State of New Jersey posts updates on their website: www.nj.gov/health
- NJ 211 has been activated to assist with handling COVID-19 calls from NJ residents. Residents can also text NJCOVID to 898-211 to receive text information and to stay informed. To receive live text assistance, residents can text their zip code to 898-211.
- For an update of cases by county, the New Jersey Dept of Health (NJDOH) has set up a dashboard with information: https://www.nj.gov/health/cd/topics/covid2019_dashboard.shtml
- If the NJ public has questions, they should contact the call center: 1-800-962-1253. Call center is open 24/7 and has multi-language capacity. The call center is not able to diagnose individuals, provide testing appointments or results, or give specific medical recommendations. Callers who need medical advice should contact their healthcare provider.
- The NJ Department of Human Services operates a toll free “warm line” which is a resource for people seeking mental health service. The warm line is activated during events that impact the mental health of New Jersey residents. The warm line is available 24 hours and has language access; (877) 294-HELP (4357). NOTE: The “warm line” does not replace 911 and is not used to report emergencies.
Is Municipal Water Safe to Drink During COVID19 Outbreak?
“The US Centers for Disease Control has stated that the virus has not been detected in drinking water. "Conventional water treatment methods that use filtration and disinfection, such as those in most municipal drinking water systems, shouldremove or inactivate the virus that causes Covid-19." Please see below link for additional information about this and other related topics from the CDC.
Other Useful links during COVID19 Outbreak
Web, Phone, Virtual NA Meetings
Web, Phone, Virtual AA Meetings
Free Meal Packages for Kids at Clarkson and Barclay Tot Lots on Mondays and Wednesday at 3 pm at Clarkson Tot Lot and at 3:45 at Barclay Tot Lot
On Monday, March 23, 2020, Food Bank South Jersey will begin delivering free meals to Burlington children. The program will continue for as long as schools are closed.
They will distribute pre-packaged Grab'n'Go meals on Monday (x2 days) and Wednesday (x3 days). These healthy, high-quality fresh meals will arrive cold.
Meals will be packaged together, so we can hand children one package with all breakfast (can be a pm snack) and lunch (same as our supper menu) components included for a few days' consumption.
Packages do not have to be handed to a child specifically; a parent can pick them up.
Stop 1: York and Clarkson Tot Lot Playground
Parking lot next to park; Time: 3:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Stop 2: Barclay Street Playground
On Street next to park; Time: 3:45 -4:15
Celebrating 35 Years as South Jersey’s leading hunger relief organization, providing food, nutrition and hope. DONATE TODAY! at www.fbsj.org. #EndHungerinSJ
COVID-19 Update for Utility Assistance as well as Housing Assistance from BCAP
Burlington Community Action Program (BCAP) Inc. has decided to close their offices to the public for walk-ins and on-site services, effective March 17, 2020 until further notice.
Although the Board of Public Utilities has issued a 60-day suspension of all utility shut offs as of 3/13/20, during this time, BCAP will continue to accept applications for Utility Assistance and emergency assistance with appropriate verifying documents during our normal business hours of Monday-Friday 9a-5p. They also will accept applications for Housing Assistance (targeting Rapid Rehousing for those currently displaced or homeless or assistance with security deposit and 1st month’s rent. Please use the following methods:
-Drop off documents to a secure box outside of the facility that will be checked and gathered daily
Questions or follow up with your applications continued to be welcomed during our offices hours by calling 609-747-4743 or 609-747-4741
OTHER Burlington County Housing News and Resource Updates:
-As of 3/16/2020 all Sheriff's sales have been postponed
-Scheduled Evictions are currently postponed until further notice
-Burlington County's Housing Hub is closed to the public however residents may still contact the hub for resources via phone 609-265-5185 or email firstname.lastname@example.org during their business hours Monday - Friday 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
-NJ211 continues to be a resource outside of BCAP’s regular office business hours
(Call NJ211, Text NJCOVID to 898-211, Email - email@example.com)
-Burlington County Board of Social Services is closed to the public but accepting applications:
Online at http://www.njhelps.org/ or call 609-518-4839 or Toll Free 1-800-342-0047 ext 4836,
Janessa Rivera, Chief Program Officer, BCAP
Burlington Community Action Partnerships, Inc.
718 Route 130 S., Burlington, NJ
Ph: 609-239-4008. Fax:6097477863. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Official Agency Website: http://www.bccap.org/
Local COVID19 Testing Centers
Please call before going to any of these locations, as they may be by appointment only. The locations that were publicized in the media as offering drive-thru testing include:
- Holy Name Medical Center: 201-833-3000, must have primary doctor approve patient for testing and then doctor must call HNMC Emergency Dept. for appointment for patient.
- Hudson Regional Hospital: 201-388-1097
- Riverside Medical Froup (for current patients of Riverside Medical only) 201-865-2050
- Immediate Care of Marlboro: 855-925-5467, must make appointment
- InFocus Urgent Care: 609-799-7009, must make appointment, 64 Princeton Hightstown Rd, Princeton Junction and 100 Campus Town Circle, Suite 100, Ewing