COVID-19

Coronavirus Messages from Mayor Brennan

April 7, 2020 - The pandemic of coronavirus is causing disruption to the lives of people throughout the world and Merchantville is no different. I want to assure the residents of Merchantville that throughout this pandemic, the Borough is committed to and has put into place certain contingencies to ensure the continued provision of essential services to the community including police, fire and other first responders, along with public works and other essential services. We are working with our partners at the County, State and Federal levels on contingency planning to obtain resources and to implement effective planning. Residents should rest assured that those services will continue, and residents can expect the same exceptional service and response from those essential services during this unprecedented time. Residents are also reminded that our community is built upon our relationships and now is a time to show courage and calm, avoid panic and care for ourselves and our neighbors by taking measured actions such as social distancing. 

Coronavirus Message from Mayor Brennan - March 13, 2020

Closure of Borough Facilities to the Public - March 15, 2020

Additional Closures and Actions - March 19, 2020

Letter to the Business Community - March 21, 2020

Small Business Resources - March 21, 2020

Help Our Business Community - March 21, 2020

A Message to the Community - March 30, 2020

Mayor's Covid-19 Message - April 6, 2020

Borough Park Closures and Additional Actions - April 7, 2020

Vaccination Where? When?

Currently in New Jersey, vaccines are available to paid and unpaid healthcare workers, residents and staff of long-term and congregate care facilities, first responders including sworn law enforcement and fire professionals, individuals over 65, and individuals 16-64 with certain medical conditions that increase the risk of severe illness from the virus, as defined by the CDC. If you are eligible to receive a vaccine, there are multiple ways to get vaccinated: pre-register and make an…
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Vaccines for Vets

The Camden County Office of Veterans Affairs and the Corporal Michael J. Crescenz VA Medical Center in Philadelphia are teaming up to create a pop-up vaccination site for 588 South Jersey veterans on Saturday, January 30th. Vaccinations will be provided at the Harry Williams Community Center located at the intersection…
Published in Camden County, COVID-19

Infections After Vaccination

In case you're wondering how someone can become infected with COVID-19 after vaccination the answer is simple - immunity doesn't kick in right away. It takes time for vaccines to build up immunity, and the two authorized coronavirus vaccines both require two doses, given several weeks apart, to train the body's immune system. People can be exposed to coronavirus right before being vaccinated, or right after, and there won't be time for the body to…
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December COVID Numbers Climb

Merchantville added 59 resident cases of COVID-19 in December and a total of 203 cases since March. Most recent cases include young adults under 40 and teens. Please protect yourself and others - wear a mask, stay physically distant from those you don't live with and not gathering in social groups. Camden County provided a breakdown of cases through December 31st. The aggregate number of confirmed positive cases to date is 28,768 in Camden County…
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County Vaccine Roll Out

The following information contains the the updated vaccine roll out plan for Camden County and the State of New Jersey. Please note timelines and dates may change. Click here to download the updated vaccination plan for Camden County. Category 1A (Limited Vaccines) Persons in Health Care Settings; Category 1B Essential WorkersVaccination will begin 1/20/21; and Category 1C Vaccination will begin 2/20/21. Health Care Workers who currently fall into Category 1A in the Camden County vaccine…
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Download the COVID Alert NJ App

COVID Alert NJ is New Jersey's free and secure mobile app that anonymously alerts users if they have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. The app also provides users with up-to-date information on New Jersey reopening news, key COVID-19 metrics, and a user-friendly symptom tracking tool. COVID Alert NJ uses Bluetooth proximity technology. The app will never record any identifying data. All users will remain anonymous. When your app…
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Remote Learning Continues

In-person learning is increasingly being put on hold at school districts throughout the state because staff and students are testing positive for coronavirus or coming into close contact with people who have. Here’s the most comprehensive list yet of N.J. schools teaching remotely because of COVID-19. On September 30th NJ launched a dashboard that identifies counties, number of schools and cases that were transmitted in school buildings or through school activities. Currently, 88 schools have…
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Boro Covid Cases Rise

Merchantville COVID-19 case total since March 2020 is 178. We have seen a marked increase of confirmed cases during the first two weeks of December, growing from 148 to 178 cases. This past weekend, the Borough added 10 cases: four on Saturday, 12/12 - a male in his 50s, a male in his 40s, a male in his 80s and a male in his 20s; five on Sunday, 12/13 - a male in his 30s,…
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Cases Surging

Like most of New Jersey COVID-19 cases are climbing in Merchantville. Last weekend our numbers rose to 104 cases of Coronavirus and another six (6) this week. This represents an increase of fifteen (21) resident COVID-19 cases in less than two weeks. These new Borough cases includes every age group, especially teens and young adults in their 20s, 30s and 40s. The virus is beginning to spread again at an alarming rate and can only…
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Death Cases Reconciled

On September 23rd, members of the Borough's Public Health Department and OEM, Joan Brennan and Jon Paul Beauchamp, sent a request to Camden County Health Officer & Public Health Coordinator, Dr. Paschal Nwako, to ask for a reassessment of the sudden increase in Covid-19 deaths identified in Merchantville between Friday, September 18th and 21st. Merchantville suspected that the county had accidentally attributed deaths to Merchantville residents rather than Pennsauken residents who shared our 08109 zip…
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CDC States Masks Critical to Health

The CDC director and several other government officials testified before the U.S. Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies and reported that face masks may provide more protection than coronavirus vaccine. Face coverings are “the most powerful public health tool” the nation has against the coronavirus and might even provide better protection against it than a vaccine, the head of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention told…
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COVID-19 herd immunity: where are we?

Herd immunity is a key concept for epidemic control. It states that only a proportion of a population needs to be immune - through overcoming natural infection or through vaccination - to an infectious agent for it to stop generating large outbreaks. A key question in the current COVID-19 pandemic is how and when herd immunity can be achieved and at what cost. Herd immunity is achieved when one infected person in a population generates…
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NJ Youth Driving New Cases

According to WHYY, New Jersey reported another 518 cases of coronavirus on Friday, September 11th, bringing the cumulative total over the last six months of the pandemic to 195,888 positive cases. The state also reported another nine deaths related to the virus, bringing the total to 14,234 confirmed fatalities and 1,789 probable deaths from COVID-19. The state’s rate of transmission was 1.08, meaning for every 100 people testing positive, the virus spreads to 108 more…
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Protect Your Circle

Help Camden County educate others and spread the word about protecting their circle of friends. Camden County provides digital images for your social media pages & feeds on their website. Upload a Facebook Frame: Click the Camera Button next to your profile image on Facebook, choose “Update Profile Picture”, then choose “Add Frame” and search “Camden County – Protect Your Circle”. What you need to know: In general, the more closely you interact with others…
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