HIMANSHU R. SHAH
TOWNSHIP OF OLD BRIDGE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 20, 2020
Himanshu R. Shah
Old Bridge addresses growing concerns over Coronavirus outbreak
Old Bridge Township, NJ – Even before the first reported case in Old Bridge, Township officials began preparing for the inevitable growing spread of COVID-19, also known as Coronavirus. Discussions began on March 11th, 2020 when Mayor Owen Henry and Township Business Administrator, Himanshu Shah, hosted an in-person meeting to discuss preparation measures for the Township in response to COVID-19 global pandemic. As a precautionary step, Township officials took swift action in closing the senior center, Silver Linings at Old Bridge, on March 12th based on the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and state and local health officials, who noted that older adults are more susceptible to this virus.
“The decision to close the center and suspend services was not made lightly,” stated Mayor Henry. “As a result of increased concern over the Coronavirus outbreak and in an abundance of caution, we believe this is the right step to protect the health of our members and the community at large,” said Mayor Henry.
Since then, officials have hosted daily conference calls with the Office of Emergency Management (OEM), School Superintendent David Cittadino, Old Bridge Police Department, Department of Public Works, Council President Mary Sohor, and when possible, a representative from the hospital and Middlesex County Health Department.
“Our number one concern is the safety of our residents and our employees. We are working diligently with our emergency officials to make sure that we are taking the right precautions to prevent the spreading of the Coronavirus,” said Mayor Henry.
To that end, the Township closed all township buildings, to the public, beginning March 17th, to encourage residents to stay home and to ensure that employees are able to remain safe by practicing social distancing. Offices are staffed and residents are encouraged to communicate by phone or online. Although many programs are suspended, the Township is committed to continuing to serve the public.
As of Thursday, March 19th, 2020, there are four (4) confirmed cases of the virus in the Township of Old Bridge. Notifications of confirmed cases are disseminated by the Middlesex County Department of Health to the Mayor and Business Administrator per federal and state requirements.
“We encourage our residents to follow federal, state and local directives and recommendations and practice social distancing,” emphasized Mayor Henry. “The weeks to come may not be easy but we will get through this together.”
For a directory of all township departments and for more information on how departments are still conducting business, please visit www.oldbridge.com.