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

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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Town Covid Update 9/10/20

Covid-19 numbers have held steady at 78 cases and 3 deaths from 9/2-9/10/20 in the Borough. However, the County Department of Health announced 46 additional confirmed cases, 18 of which are in the surrounding towns of Pennsauken (930/23), Cherry Hill (1,365/166) and Camden (2,693/75) Merchantville's most recent cases include adults under age 30, teens and adolescents. Protect Your Circle, Merchantville. The Danger Is Invisible. As Mayor Brennan says, "Let’s be part of the solution; wear…
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Most NJ Schools Going Remote

The list of New Jersey school districts asking the state to let them start the school year with all-virtual classes is growing as local officials reconsider their plans in the wake of Gov. Phil Murphy’s announcement that the state is revising its reopening guidelines. Murphy said Wednesday the state’s nearly 600 districts can ask to delay the start of in-person classes if they can prove to the state Department of Education that they can’t meet…
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Travel to NJ Restricted

As of 7/28/20, travelers from 36 states and two territories who are arriving in New Jersey are asked to self-quarantine and/or get a COVID-19 test. The list includes frequently visited states like Maryland, Delaware and the District of Columbia. People arriving in New Jersey from a state with a COVID-19 positive test rate higher than 10 infected people per 100,000 residents, or a state with a 10-percent-or-higher positivity rate over a seven-day rolling average, are…
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NJ, CT & NY Lead

All 50 states have moved to reopen their economies, at least partially, after shutting down businesses and gatherings in response to the coronavirus pandemic but, only 3 states meet these basic criteria to reopen and stay safe. They need to ensure the SARS-CoV-2 virus is no longer spreading unabated, the testing capacity to track and isolate the sick and their contacts and, the hospital capacity to handle a potential surge in Covid-19 cases. A Vox…
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Returning to Normal

As consumers are crowding back into stores, restaurants and other places of business as states ease pandemic-related restrictions, a full return to normal isn’t likely to happen until November 2021, according to Ezekiel (Zeke) Emanuel, vice provost for global initiatives and chair of the Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy at the University of Pennsylvania and Wharton professor of health care management. Emanuel said strict adherence to non-pharmacological interventions work better than haphazard compliance…
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Experts Agree on Masks

New Jersey is one of only three states that are on track to contain Covid-19. Gov. Phil Murphy has been adamant about the importance of wearing masks during the pandemic, mandating on Wednesday, July 15th, that they be worn outdoors nearly at all times. New Jersey flattened the curve with masks. Other states didn’t. The premise behind wearing masks is that they contain small respiratory droplets, making it less likely you could spread the virus…
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Current Covid Stats

Until yesterday, there had been no increase in Merchantville’s Covid-19 report for 7 days. However, three additional cases of the virus were identified on Wednesday and Thursday - two males in their 30's and a female in her 20’s. During the same time period the Camden County Department of Health announced 152 additional confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and 13 deaths between July 11th and July 13th. This brings the aggregate number of…
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Freeholders Allocate Millions to Towns

The global pandemic caused by COVID-19 has had a significant financial impact on municipalities throughout Camden County. Local governments across the board have been under pressure to purchase vital personal protective equipment (PPE), hand sanitizer, and a variety of other tools for essential employees since the start of this public health crisis. To alleviate some of these costs, the Freeholder Board received, and is allocating, federal funding for towns which will be used to supplement…
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Expanded Mask Wearing Ordered

On July 8th, Gov. Phil Murphy signed a new executive order mandating people wear a face covering outdoors in public when social distancing is difficult. New Jersey has required people since early April to wear a mask at indoor public places, such as stores, eateries, and government buildings. This order broadens current orders to include outdoor places. The order mandates that you wear a mask if you’re in an outdoor setting with large gatherings and…
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