2019 Novel Coronavirus Outbreak (COVID-19)

COVID-19 Testing Center

The County of Morris, in partnership with Atlantic Health, is offering drive-thru COVID-19 testing at the County College of Morris, Center Grove Road, Randolph, NJ 07869, in parking lot 1.

In order to be tested, you MUST

  • have a COVID-19 test prescription from your healthcare provider
  • read and accept the consent form
  • have an appointment

Sign up for an appointment online – visit the COVID-19 testing page for details.


Morris County COVID-19 Cases

Note: Case numbers are updated in the afternoons on Monday-Friday. For statewide numbers, visit the State of NJ COVID-19 Dashboard.

Cumulative COVID-19 Cases (as of 3:39PM, 5/29)
Municipality 5/20 5/21 5/22 5/26 5/27 5/28 5/29
Town of Boonton 101 101 101 101 101 101 101
Township of Boonton 77 79 80 88 94 95 95
Borough of Butler 86 86 86 88 88 89 90
Borough of Chatham 54 54 55 55 55 55 54
Township of Chatham 115 115 117 122 122 125 127
Borough of Chester 7 7 7 7 7 7 7
Township of Chester 43 43 43 43 43 43 43
Township of Denville 147 150 150 150 152 152 152
Town of Dover 643 643 645 660 660 660 661
Township of East Hanover 130 130 130 131 133 133 133
Borough of Florham Park 121 121 121 124 124 125 125
Township of Hanover 178 179 179 179 179 179 179
Township of Harding 24 24 24 24 24 24 24
Township of Jefferson 209 209 210 211 212 214 214
Borough  of Kinnelon 68 69 69 69 69 69 69
Borough of Lincoln Park 316 319 320 333 334 337 339
Township of Long Hill 44 44 44 44 45 45 45
Borough of Madison 131 130 129 131 131 130 132
Borough of Mendham 66 66 66 66 66 65 65
Township of Mendham 38 38 38 38 39 39 39
Township of Mine Hill 59 60 61 61 61 62 62
Township of Montville 215 215 215 215 216 216 217
Borough of Morris Plains 55 56 57 57 59 59 59
Township of Morris 277 277 279 279 281 281 281
Town of Morristown 503 506 506 515 533 536 541
Borough of Mount Arlington 44 44 44 45 45 45 46
Township of Mount Olive 240 243 245 254 254 252 255
Borough of Mountain Lakes 19 19 19 19 20 20 20
Borough of Netcong 29 29 29 29 29 29 29
Township of Parsippany 715 716 719 721 741 744 746
Township of Pequannock 194 197 198 199 200 200 200
Township of Randolph 257 257 258 262 264 263 264
Borough of Riverdale 38 38 38 38 38 38 39
Borough of Rockaway 95 95 95 95 96 96 97
Township of Rockaway 238 238 238 237 237 239 239
Township of Roxbury 240 240 242 243 244 244 245
Borough of Victory Gardens 33 33 33 33 33 33 33
Township of Washington 110 111 111 113 115 115 117
Borough of Wharton 151 151 151 153 153 152 152
TOTALS 6110 6132 6152 6232 6297 6304 6333

The figures reflect COVID-19 positive cases as of the date and time indicated, some cases which may be pending, or have yet to be entered into the system.

Please note the following limitations and provisos related to the data above:

  • COVID-19-related deaths are not included in this data. Visit the State of NJ COVID-19 Dashboard for a summary of death totals.
  • Pursuant to HIPAA, specific identifying health information of persons testing positive or who have passed due to the virus will not be released.
  • Data reflects COVID-19 positive cases on dates and times indicated; some cases may be pending and are not yet entered.
  • Data may not include cases with incomplete or incorrect street addresses or PO boxes. Such cases require additional investigation by local health officials.
  • Figures do not include persons under quarantine/isolation due to exposure and who have not tested positive.
  • The numbers, especially higher numbers, do not necessarily reflect community spread in a specific town. Various factors may be related to high numbers, such as increased testing and facilities with high-risk populations.
  • This data should not be used to gauge if heightened precautions are needed in specific towns. Social distancing, hand hygiene, and preventive steps must be followed at all times regardless of the number of cases in a municipality.

Updates from Morris County

Announcements

For older announcements, visit the COVID-19 Announcements page.

Cancellations and Service Updates

Courts & Legal

Library

  • The Morris County Library is closed. All programs and use of conference and public rooms are canceled through June. For updates, visit the library website.

Human Services

  • The Office of Temporary Assistance asks residents to apply online or by phone for enrollment to programs. Due to COVID-19 and a rise in applications, you may experience longer wait times. Read more at the OTA website.
    • Extended Hours service at OTA is temporarily suspended.
    • OTA Dover office is closed.
    • OTA main office on West Hanover Avenue in Morris Township is open but public access is limited. Staff will be at the front door to answer questions.
    • All applications will be taken by phone, mail or online. A drop box will be placed at the OTA main building for completed applications and mail.
    • Information regarding applications, re-certification and more can be found at https://hs.morriscountynj.gov/ota/
    • Main Office Phone: 973-326-7800
    • Dover Office Phone: 973-682-4990
  • Senior Home Delivered Meals are still in operation. The Congregate Meals have been converted to home delivery or takeout.
  • Morris Area Paratransit System: MAPS continues to operate by providing rides to persons with ongoing life-sustaining needs, medical appointments, and employment. We encourage persons with active symptoms of coughing, fever, or shortness of breath not to utilize these vehicles, as we want to continue to provide support to those with ongoing needs.
  • The Morris County Veterans Services Office is continuing operations throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Though the office is closed to the public, we are assisting veterans and their families with claims to the VA, via phone, email, fax, and mail, and are still providing flags for veterans’ graves. If you wish to contact the office, call 973-285-6866 or email [email protected].
  • Veterans Affairs Medical Clinic: The Morris View location is closed. The VA is conducting video-to-home and telephone visits.
  • One Stop Career Centers: Both the One-Stop Center at 1 Medical Drive in Morris Plains and the One-Stop Center in Randolph, at 13 Emery Avenue, are closed to customer walk-ins. For individuals seeking career counseling (resume, interviewing, job search and labor market support), please call 862-397-5600 for an appointment to visit with an Employment Counselor. For a list of available job openings, please visit the State of New Jersey Hiring Portal at https://covid19.nj.gov or the Department of Labor site at https://usnlx.com/.
  • SNAP recipients: If your case is due to be recertified in April and you were unable to get your paperwork to us or complete your interview, your case will not be closed. You will receive your benefits on the usual day. Your case will be recertified in the future, once this public health crisis has settled. In the meantime, you will continue to receive SNAP benefits. Visit the State of NJ site for more details.
  • All scheduled Navigating Hope stops are canceled until further notice.

Law & Public Safety

  • The Morris County Sheriff’s Office will place a hold on all Sheriff’s Sales until at least June 11. Please check the Sheriff’s website for updates.
  • Due to the COVID-19 outbreak across the nation and state, changes have been made to visits to the Morris County Correctional Facility:
    • Inmate visits with family are temporarily suspended until further notice.
    • Non-contact visits between attorneys and inmates can occur through glass partitions on an emergency basis only. Attorneys and inmates will otherwise communicate via video-conferencing.
    • Professional visits to inmates are limited to emergencies only, and must be approved by a Facility Security Captain.
  • Hope One resumes its public schedule at the end of May. Visit the Hope One schedule for more information.
  • The Morris County Prosecutor’s Office is suspending all reception desk services and in-person contact to mitigate the potential spread of COVID-19. If you have questions, contact the Prosecutor’s office at 973-285-6200 or [email protected].
  • All classes at the Morris County Public Safety Training Academy are suspended. For updates, visit the Academy website.

Elections

  • The Morris County Board of Elections is closed. All voter registration applications and/or change of party affiliation forms should be mailed to the Board of Elections. Questions can be emailed to [email protected]. Visit the State’s  candidate petitions page for information on where to email or mail petitions.
    • Announced May 15: The July 7 primary will be a primarily vote-by-mail election. All registered Democratic and Republican voters will receive a postage-paid vote-by-mail ballot. All unaffiliated and inactive voters will receive a postage-paid vote-by-mail ballot application. A limited number of in-person polling places in each county will be open to ensure that everyone can exercise their right to vote. As Morris County works out election logistics, we’ll update you.
  • The Morris County Clerk recommends that all documents for Registry be filed and recorded by mail or using e-filing. A drop-off box is available in the Administration & Records Building (10 Court St, Morristown). The following departments are closed to the public: Records/Vault, Election, Notary, Passport, Wedding Services, ID Cards. Get more updates from the Clerk.

Schools

  • The Morris County School of Technology is closed until further notice. A distance learning plan has been created.  View their COVID-19 page for more information.
  • The Morris County Chamber of Commerce has gone virtual! Our physical offices may be closed, but the chamber staff is ready to help you. Call 973-539-3882 or visit https://www.morrischamber.org/chamber-team.html to contact us.  If you need a Certificate of Origin, please contact Dina O’Keefe at [email protected]. Our in-person meetings are postponed until further notice, but we have a full schedule of virtual meetings and events.
  • The County College of Morris campus is closed. CCM classes have moved online and the college is working remotely. Summer Session classes will be conducted online. Visit www.ccm.edu/covid-19-information-center for up-to-date information and resources.

Parks & Culture

Other County Services

  • The Board of Chosen Freeholders will hold two meetings on May 27: a work session meeting at 4:30, and a regular public meeting at 7:00pm. Both meetings will be held via Webex:
  • Board and commission meetings are canceled or being done remotely. Please check the county calendar for updates.
  • Open Space Trust Fund applications are now due July 10. Please see the Open Space application page.
  • The Morris County Soil Conservation District is closed.
  • All Planning & Preservation staff have been sent home indefinitely. Public access to the office is restricted. The Land Development Review Section will continue to process applications and issue reports within the 30-day statutory period and may request an additional 30-day extension if necessary.
  • Open Public Records Requests may be delayed. Governor has modified the deadline for responses to requests for government records during the emergency period. Go to our OPRA page for more information.
  • The Housing Authority continues to operate but is closed to the public. Anyone wishing to apply for public housing can do so on the website. Public housing tenants, Section 8 participants and landlords, should email assigned caseworkers. If unsure, call 973 540-0389 or email [email protected].
  • If you wish to place a public bid on county contracts, you are encouraged to not attend bid openings in person – use the mail or a dropbox at the Administration Building. Read more about bid openings.
  • The Morris County Municipal Utilities Authority continues to provide essential services during the pandemic. Phone service is limited, so please contact the MCMUA by emailing [email protected]. Visit the MCMUA homepage for information about Household Hazardous Waste Disposal days and other status updates.

Executive Orders

According to Executive Order No. 107, as of March 21, 2020, all NJ residents shall remain home unless they are:

  • Obtaining goods or services from essential businesses
  • Obtaining takeout
  • Seeking medical attention
  • Visiting family members as a caretaker or romantic partner
  • Reporting to or performing their job
  • Engaging in outdoor activities (social distance permitting)
  • Leaving home for an educational, religious, or political reason
  • For safety
  • At the direction of law enforcement or a government agency

Executive Order No. 142, signed on May 13, allows the following, as long as proper guidelines are followed:

  • Starting 5/18: Non-essential retail can open for phone, online ordering, curbside pickup
  • Starting 5/18: Non-essential construction work can restart
  • Starting immediately: Drive-thru gatherings allowed

View all executive orders from the Governor’s office.

Morris County Emergency Declarations

Per the emergency declarations, the following types of businesses are ordered closed, within the geographic borders of Morris County, effective 8 p.m. March 19:

  • Any Indoor Public or Private Recreational Bathing Facilities regulated by local health departments
  • Indoor Recreational Facilities, including but not limited to those providing amusement activities, trampoline parks, miniature golf, batting cages, racquetball/tennis centers, and ice rinks
    • The following are now allowed to open as per Executive Order 147: Archery ranges; Batting cages; Golf driving ranges; Horseback riding; Shooting ranges; and Tennis clubs.

The following restrictions also go into effect immediately:

All playgrounds and all playing fields within Morris County shall be closed immediately;

  • Municipal Parks may remain open for only passive recreation, with the following restrictions to be enforced;
    • no organized or directed activities are allowed;
    • all park activities that bring together large groups of individuals (other than direct family members) are prohibited, including playgrounds, dog runs, amusement rides, and stables (except for the care of horses at stables).

FAQ

What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms or combinations of symptoms may have COVID-19:

  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

Or at least two of these symptoms:

  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Repeated shaking with chills
  • Muscle pain
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • New loss of taste or smell

For more information, visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html.

When should I seek immediate medical attention?

If you have any of these emergency warning signs* for COVID-19 get medical attention immediately:

  • Trouble breathing
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • New confusion or inability to arouse
  • Bluish lips or face

*This list is not all-inclusive. Please consult your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning to you.

Can I wear gloves instead of handwashing?

Gloves are NOT a substitute for proper handwashing and sanitation. While gloves can be a preventative measure, you can still touch your face wearing gloves, and if you don’t take them off properly you can spread the virus. For more information on hand hygiene, visit https://www.cdc.gov/handhygiene/.

How many cases are there in Morris County?

View our estimate of the cumulative cases by town in Morris County. However, due to how cases are reported, from medical practitioners to local health departments, then to the state, we do not have a fully accurate count of the number of cases. The New Jersey Department of Health has an interactive dashboard that gives a rough estimate of the number.

I’m having trouble coping, what can I do?

This is an unprecedented time, and taking care of our mental health is important. You can call the NJ Mental Health Cares hotline at 866-202-HELP (4357) for immediate support, and follow our list of ways to cope for suggestions: keeping a schedule, limiting news consumption, connecting with family and friends online, and more.

I have questions about caring for my pet – are animal hospitals open? How does pet licensing work?

For information about pets and COVID-19, read the pets Q&A list from the Department of Health.

Where should I go for information about coronavirus?

Visit the CDC or New Jersey Department of Health websites for the most accurate, up-to-date information. For more local information, contact your health department.


What You Can Do

Steps you can take to prevent spread of flu and the common cold will also help prevent coronavirus:

  • Wash hands often with soap and water. If not available, use hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick
  • Stay home while you are sick and avoid contact with others
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or sleeve when coughing or sneezing

Currently, there are no vaccines available to prevent novel coronavirus infections.

Morris County residents should contact their local health departments with their questions and concerns.

For more information, visit the following:

Novel Coronavirus Public Call Center (NJPIES): 1-800-222-1222

Get Employment Help

Did you lose your job or have your hours reduced as a result of COVID-19? Businesses across New Jersey need thousands of workers for immediate hire. Learn more about who is hiring in your community: visit the State of NJ COVID-19 Jobs and Hiring Portal.

Read the Department of Labor’s Coronavirus FAQ for information about unemployment insurance, eligibility, paid leave, and more.

For unemployment information, visit myunemployment.nj.gov.

Find a Service Provider

Read the 2020 Morris County Resource List for information about services providers in Morris County, including childcare, healthcare, transportation and more. Service may be halted by individual providers due to COVID-19, so call to confirm what services are available.

Get Food Assistance

If you are in need of food during difficult times, use this list of available food services to get the resources you need. The list includes food pantries, volunteer shopper organizations, meal delivery services, and take-out meal services that serve Morris County residents. We will keep this list as up-to-date as possible.


Information for Businesses

For information regarding financial assistance, please visit the State of New Jersey’s website for businesses and COVID-19 or call 1-800-JERSEY-7. To apply directly to the Small Business Administration for a loan, visit the SBA online loan application.

Note for restaurants: From the governor’s office – We can confirm that places can continue their delivery/take-out services beyond 8 PM; whatever their normal business hours are. Get more information about business operations.

Read The Small Business Owner’s Guide to the CARES Act, which was signed into law on March 27, 2020.

Printouts

Business owners are encouraged to print and hang these flyers for the safety of their staff and the public:

Chamber of Commerce Webinars

The Morris County Chamber of Commerce is presenting a series of virtual seminars with topics that are relevant to the new reality of life with COVID-19. Learn more about these free webinars and sign up today!

Chamber of Commerce Facebook Groups

Join these Facebook groups to share resources and hear directly from the Chamber of Commerce:


Information from the CDC