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5/19/2020 - 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-2019) - Weekly Update #24 – May 15, 2020

2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-2019) Weekly Update #24 – May 15, 2020

Mental Health Spotlight: New Jersey Hopeline

From time to time when life becomes stressful, we all need someone to talk to. The specialists at the NJ Hopeline are always available to provide confidential telephone counseling, support and referrals to local resources to help you get through these difficult times.

In addition to being able to reach an NJ Hopeline specialist by phone, they also offer web-based support services as well. Live Chat enables you to communicate one-on-one with a specialist who understands what you are going through and is there to help you cope. To learn more about the NJ Hopeline visit:

Drive In, Drive By? Safe Celebrations

As we begin to enter the season of celebrations including graduation, it is important to stay safe during this joyous time. Car gatherings do not violate the Governor's ban on gatherings under Executive Order No. 107. Examples of such car gatherings include but are not limited to drive-in movies, religious services, or drive-through farms or safaris. Car gatherings will be subject to the restrictions in the Order, which include but are not limited to the following:

• Attendees must remain in their same car throughout the gathering, unless 1) an occupant needs to get out of the vehicle for their health or safety or 2) an occupant needs to use the restroom;

• The vehicle must remain closed at all times unless 1) there is six feet of distance between other vehicles or individuals or 2) an officer, public official or guard requires the vehicle to open. There is a further exception allowing the opening of the vehicle if necessary for health or safety;

• Individuals organizing the gathering who are not in vehicles must follow social distancing and wear cloth face coverings; and

• To the degree that a gathering requires pre-payment, or seeks donations of any kind, contactless options for pre-payment or donation, such as online or by telephone, must be offered wherever feasible.