The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention initially discouraged people from wearing face masks unless they had COVID-19 and were showing symptoms but, that guidance changed on April 3rd, after studies found that the virus can be spread by asymptomatic individuals, or before symptoms start to show. Now, the CDC recommends that nearly everyone wear a facial covering in public and in areas where social distancing isn’t possible. There are numerous studies that suggest if 80% of people wear a mask in public COVID-19 transmission could be halted so, until a vaccine or a cure for COVID-19 is discovered, a cloth face masks might be the most important tool we currently have to fight the pandemic. The low cost of wearing masks – which can be made at home with no tools – and the potential to slow COVID-19 transmission with wide scale use should motivate everyone to protect themselves and others by wearing a mask in public.
Merchantville encourages everyone in our community to protect themselves and others from COVID-19 by masking up. NJ DEP (Department of Environmental Protection) has launched a public awareness campaign that strongly encourages the public to "mask up" and keep their mouths and noses covered when visiting the state's parks, beaches, forests and other open spaces, especially where it is difficult to maintain a 6-foot distance from others. This Dropbox link contains print and social media downloads for anyone to use and post including "Beach" Mask Up!, "Open Space" Mask Up, "Risk" Mask Up! and "Trail" Mask Up! posters and signs from the digital download center for New Jersey’s “Mask Up!” campaign.
If anyone is interested in a career in public safety or law enforcement, the New Jersey Civil Service Commission is accepting applications now through August 31, 2019. The list includes: Municipal Police Officer, County Police Officer, Campus Police Officer Recruit, Police Officer Recruit Human Services, Sheriff’s Officer, County Correction Officer, State Correctional Police Officer Recruit, and a Correctional Police Officer Recruit, Juvenile Justice Commission. Also available on this site is information pertinent to the Entry-Level Fire Fighter examination process.