WYCKOFF, NJ — The coronavirus outbreak continues to have an impact on communities in New Jersey and across the nation. Wyckoff is no exception, as many businesses and schools remain closed.
Here are the latest updates from Wyckoff:
- As of 1 p.m. on Thursday, June 11, Bergen County has 18,719 positive cases of the coronavirus. 1,646 have died.
- 63 long-term care facilities in Bergen County have reported outbreaks. Resident cases have risen to 3,225 and staff cases have risen to 1,673. Resident deaths have risen to 921, and there have been 11 staff deaths.
- Wyckoff has reported 335 cases as of Wednesday, June 10.
- In a letter to families, Wyckoff announced that the district was currently planning for end of the year events, but no official decision has been announced. Read more: Wyckoff Cancels Memorial Day Parade, More Due To COVID-19
- Ramapo College has created video content and social media initiatives to celebrate the class of 2020. An in-person graduation is still in the plans for the future. Read more: Ramapo College Takes To Internet To Celebrate 2020 Grads
- Holy Name Health Center multimedia specialist Jeff Rhode has been documenting the hospital's handling of coronavirus pandemic from inside. Read more: Photos Show Holy Name Coronavirus Patient's Final Moments
- Patch has begun collecting stories of the heroes in your community that are making a difference in these uncertain times. Consider sharing a story about the people in your life making a difference. Read more: Wyckoff Hero Creates Virtual Care Hub For COVID-19 Patients
- The Bergen Community College SGA donated 200 meals to front-line healthcare workers at The Valley Hospital in Ridgewood. Read more: Bergen Community College SGA Donates Meals To Valley Hospital
- Wyckoff has extended the second quarter tax payment grace period until June 1. Read more: Wyckoff Extends Tax Payment Grace Period
- We recently put out a call to local businesses hoping to update our readers on their status. We've compiled a list of those responses.
Hospitals and Testing:
- The Valley Hospital in Ridgewood announced it was transitioning six of eight COVID-19 units back to their original use after deep cleaning and disinfecting. Read more: Valley Hospital In Ridgewood Closes Majority Of Coronavirus Units
- Mobile testing will now be in more Bergen County communities thanks to a new initiative from the county and Bergen New Bridge. Read more: Bergen County, Bergen New Bridge Announce Mobile COVID-19 Testing
- Bergen County now offers drive-thru testing at Bergen Community College for any New Jersey resident with coronavirus symptoms of COVID-19. Tests are given first come, first serve from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sundays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.
- Passaic County also offers drive-thru testing.
- Hackensack Meridian offers COVID-19 testing at its nine urgent care centers in Monmouth and Ocean counties.
- Immediate care of Marlboro is offering a drive-thru COVID-19 test in the Marlboro Medical Arts site located at 479 Rt 520 in Marlboro. Testing is by appointment only at (855) 925-5467 ext 0.
- The PNC Bank Arts Center is a regional FEMA drive-thru test location and is open for testing every other day from 8 a.m. to 4pm for up to 500 persons per day. Click here for PNC Arts Test Center info and schedule.
- On every Saturday, the PNC Bank Arts Center site will be dedicated to symptomatic health care workers and first responders -- police, fire, and EMS -- with valid credentials only. The general public will not be able to access this site on Saturdays.
- Central Jersey Urgent Care is testing up to 80 patients daily at Eatontown, Howell and Marlboro.
- Bergen New Bridge Medical Center is now offering saliva tests for COVID-19 patients. Read more: Bergen New Bridge Medical Center To Offer COVID-19 Saliva Tests
How It Spreads:
The virus that causes COVID-19 is spreading from person-to-person. Someone who is actively sick with COVID-19 can spread the illness to others. That is why CDC recommends that these patients be isolated either in the hospital or at home (depending on how sick they are) until they are better and no longer pose a risk of infecting others.
There is currently no vaccine for COVID-19.
While the best way to prevent illness is to avoid virus exposure, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention always recommends taking preventive actions to contain the spread of viruses. This includes:
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipes.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.