Update on the Coronavirus July 10, 2020 - Little Falls COVID-19 Update

UPDATE - July 10, 2020, 6:00 p.m.

ALL CONDITIONS SUBJECT TO CHANGE

Little Falls now has a total of 146 cases, with 8 COVID-19 related deaths. New information related to recoveries is now provided in the spreadsheet. Please see the attachment (at the end) for more information. Please note that there may be additional pending cases in the State and County system that may not be reflected in these numbers. Please note that updates will be provided on Fridays unless emergent information needs to be provided.

On 7/8/2020, Governor Murphy signed Executive Order 163, mandating that face coverings are now REQUIRED in outdoor public spaces when social distancing is not possible.

Exceptions include children under two years of age, eating and drinking at an outdoor restaurant, and situations where wearing a mask would inhibit health or safety.

Three more states have been added to the State’s travel advisory: Delaware, Kansas, and Oklahoma. If you are traveling to New Jersey from any one of the highly impacted states, including: Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Idaho, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Nevada, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Utah, you are urged to self-quarantine for 14 days. This means that you should NOT leave your home, hotel, or other lodging, except to seek medical care/treatment, or to obtain food and other essential items (while practicing the appropriate precautions).

For information on MVC’s extended deadlines for driver’s licenses, non-driver’s IDs, vehicle registrations, temporary tags, and inspections, please visit: https://www.state.nj.us/mvc/pdf/about/FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS.pdf

As a reminder to residents, this pandemic is NOT over. We cannot become complacent, especially as the number of COVID-19 cases continues to increase in other states. It is crucial that residents continue to practice these important precautions:

  • Practice handwashing regularly for at least 20 seconds
  • Wear a face covering in public settings
  • Cover your cough and sneeze with a tissue
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces
  • Stay home, especially when you are sick, and avoid close contact with people who are sick  

In addition, be sure to practice the following social distancing measures:

  • Keep a distance of at least 6 feet with other people
  • Avoid unnecessary physical contact, such as handshaking
  • Avoid attending crowded events and social gatherings. Consider replacing in-person gatherings with video chatting, voice messaging and phone calls

The updated testing schedule can be found at this link: http://covid19.nj.gov/testing.

The Passaic County Board of Chosen Freeholders is offering free COVID-19 testing at home in partnership with Vault Health. This program is available to Passaic County residents only. Health insurance is not required. For more information, or to register, please check out this link: https://www.passaiccountynj.org/government/departments/health/at-home_covid-19_testing/index.php.

As a reminder, if these locations choose to reopen and if activities are to be resumed, health and safety protocols must continue to be in effect.

ST. AGNES FOOD PANTRY

  • St. Agnes food pantry will be open the first and third Saturday from 8:30 until 12:30 p.m. If you require assistance outside of these days, please contact Bob Dombrowski at 201-247-5009.
  • St. Agnes Food Pantry is also still asking for donations as well as anyone in need of donations to contact Bob Dombrowski.

LITTLE FALLS UMC FOOD PANTRY

  • The Little Falls United Methodist Church would like to make our food pantry available to those in need. Little Falls UMC Food Pantry offers dry goods only. We are located at 139 Main Street, Little Falls and will be open on Wednesdays from 10 am to 12 pm.
  • Please contact us 973-256-0993 with any questions or concerns. Valid ID is required to complete the application.

A Message From the Little Falls Domestic Violence Prevention Committee:

If, during these stressful and unusual times, you feel that you or someone you know is in danger of physical or mental abuse, the following services are available to you. Please check in on someone who may be vulnerable during this crisis.

  • The Passaic County Women’s Center: (973) 881-1450
  • NJ Domestic Violence Hotline: (800) 572-SAFE (7233)
  • In an emergency, as always, please call 911.

You are not alone.

Little Falls Municipal Building

  • The Little Falls Municipal Building will remain open with regular summer hours from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 Monday through Thursday and 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon on Friday, with the tax office closing 30 minutes prior to closing time each day.
  • The Municipal Building will be reopening to the public starting on July 20, 2020.
    • No more than 10 members of the public in the building at any one time.
    • No more than 1 person in an office at one time
    • Public must have facial covering.
    • Hand sanitizer available for all who come into the building
  • All municipal offices will continue to be open for information by telephone, (973) 256-0170 or fax (973) 890-4501 or e-mail obtained on the Township Website. Please be patient as some departments are continuing to be run on limited and remote staff.
  • You may be asked some screening questions at the time of requesting access to the Municipal Building such as:
    • Do you have any respiratory Symptoms, Fever, Cough, Shortness of Breath, Sore Throat?
    • Have you been in contact with anyone who is COVID Positive?
    • Have you worked in locations or otherwise with recognized COVID cases?
      • An affirmative response in any of these questions keeps you out of the building.

Little Falls Police Department

  • The Police Records and Dispatch windows will be open for all emergent matters. Please ring the bell located near the outside door

Little Falls Municipal Court

  • Municipal Court is having limited video and telephonic sessions. Tickets can be paid by accessing the New Jersey Court Payment system at www.njmcdirect.com.

Tax Office

  • A tax collection drop box window has been installed on the exterior of the Municipal building near the rear entrance.
  • Tax payments can be made by mailing them to the Tax Collector at 225 Main Street Little Falls NJ 07424. Please mail in copies of your tax bills along with your checks.
  • Instead of coming to Town Hall for our Tax Collector to fill out your Verification of 2018 and 2019 Property Tax form PTR-1A and/or PTR-2A, you will need to mail the Verification of Tax form PTR-1A and/or PTR-2A to our Tax Collector with a self-addressed stamped return envelope to be filled out and returned to you. A window drop box exists in the rear of town hall building inside of the Tax Collector’s window that you can place this form in a sealed envelope. All should be addressed to the Attention of Tax Collector along with a self-addressed stamped return envelope and it will be mailed back to you after completion.

Building/Fire/Electric/Plumbing Inspections

  • All required inspections for new construction, new additions and any work on the exterior or outside of any occupied building will be performed as normal. Inspections can be scheduled by calling 973-256-6182 and will be scheduled on Wednesdays only.
  • Contractors may report construction activity, such as rough inspections, in existing occupied buildings with photos or other documentation for the time being. Documentation can be emailed to the Construction Official via email at jdimaria@lfnj.com
  • Items listed as Minor Work at N.J.A.C. 5:23-2.17A require only a final inspection. This includes inspections of replacement items such as a residential heater, air conditioner and/or water heaters. These inspections will be deferred to a later date.
  • Permits and other correspondence may either be mailed or placed in the Building Department Drop box located in the Lobby of the Little Falls Police Department. Permit payment and pick up will be arranged after the Permit is approved.
  • Inspections related to closings will be handled using a Certificate in Lieu of Inspection form filled out by the current owner. Once the inspection form is received along with an application for a certificate of Compliance a property review will be conducted. If the property does not have any open permits or new or outstanding property maintenance violations a certificate will be generated within three business days. All required forms can be obtained by emailing James DiMaria at jdimaria@lfnj.com.
  • Temporary Residential Closing Packets can be downloaded from the township website by visiting http://www.lfnj.com/ > Building Department > Applications > Closing Applications

Senior Citizen Programs

The Little Falls Senior Group Activities have resumed outdoors.

  • The senior bus will continue to service food shopping, prescription pick up, and well doctor visits only. If you are sick DO NOT ride the bus.
  • The bus driver can be contacted directly at (201) 994-6831.
  • Applications for the bus are being WAIVED during this time so long as all other requirements to qualify for the bus are met.

Little Falls Public Library

  • The Library is opened to the public with only a limited number of people permitted to enter at any given time.
  • No fines will be issued as a result of any late returns.
  • The Little Falls Public Library has suspended all group activities and events.

Little Falls Recreation Center & Facilities

  • Effective June 22, 2020, additional recreation activities are reopening:
    • Some sports will be permitted to resume limited practice with specific guidelines.
  • The Tennis Courts at the Little Falls Recreation Center and Amity Park are now open from 8 AM to 8 PM.
  • The Basketball Courts at Amity Park & Louis St. Park - REMAIN CLOSED.

            PLEASE OBSERVE THE RULES:

  • This will be on a trial basis, providing all social distancing and other special rules to limit the spread of COVID-19 are followed.
    1. Maintain social distancing (no closer than 6’ to other player). If this does not occur, courts will be closed.
    2. Singles only, no doubles. Only 2 players allowed per court.
    3. Court hours will be 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM
    4. One hour maximum court time use. Players must vacate court after playing if someone else is waiting.
    5. Players must stay on their side of the court; do not switch ends.
    6. Please consider using your own hand sanitizer before and after play, especially after touching the gates, fence, nets, etc.
    7. Consider spraying tennis balls briefly with a disinfectant spray at the conclusion of play or use new tennis balls the next time you play.
    8. When entering a court, if other players are present, wait until a point has finished, announce that you are entering, and then proceed onto the other court while maintaining 6’ social distancing.
    9. Do not congregate near court opening when waiting to play.
    10. It is recommended to wear a face covering prior to and after playing.
    11. If you or family member have displayed any symptoms or have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, please stay home.

Important Note: Once construction commences at Duva Fields, the Recreation Center complex will be closed in its entirety. We will send out another notice when this date becomes available.

  • For information please call (973) 256-3884.
  • Township parks are reopening. There are guidelines in place for the cleaning of the parks.

DPW, Solid Waste & Recycling

  • All solid waste, recycling, bulk waste and vegetative waste pickup will maintain its normal schedule until further notice.
  • The DPW Office will be open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Please call (973) 256-0309 for any additional information.
  • The Township Recycling Center will be modified as follows (additional temporary closures may be necessary):
    • Monday through Friday: 7:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and from 12:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
    • Saturday, Sunday and Holidays: 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
  • No physical contact or face to face contact will be allowed. Minimum of (7) seven-foot distance between employees and residents will be maintained, if any contact is required.
  • Please note that the recycling center is open to Little Falls Residents ONLY!

Little Falls and Passaic Valley Public Schools

  • The Little Falls Public Schools and Passaic Valley High School have begun virtual learning effective March 16, 2020. Please continue to view the school’s website and informational postings for additional information.

Township Council Meetings

  • The regular scheduled Township Council meeting of June 8, 2020 will be held however no public will be allowed to attend. The meeting will be live streamed on the Township’s YouTube Channel which can be accessed via our website at http://www.lfnj.com/ or directly from this link. (If conditions permit, this remains subject to change).
  • Public Participation at the meeting will take place as follows:
    • All public comments shall be made by email to the Clerk ckraus@lfnj.com
    • The meeting agenda will allow for a 10-minute recess at the time of the public comment, to allow the public to have 10 minutes to send their comments or questions to the Clerk via email. All emails shall have the person’s Name and Address affixed to the email or the email comment will not be considered.
    • At the end of the 10-minute recess the meeting will be reconvened, and ALL the proper emails received will be read into the record.
    • The Council President will determine if a response is needed, and, if so, will direct said response accordingly.
    • Once this process is completed the meeting will return to the regular order of business.

Proper Hygiene Practices

  • Wash hands with soap and water for a minimum of 20 seconds following skin contact or after a cough or sneeze.
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose or mouth.
  • Cover your nose and mouth while sneezing or coughing and dispose of tissues into the trash.
  • Stay at home if you are sick or experiencing flu like symptoms.
  • Avoid contact with sick people or large gatherings of people.
  • Older adults and persons with chronic medical conditions should stay at home whenever possible.

Visit the following websites for additional information:

Please sign up for Email Blast Notifications by visiting https://www.lfnj.com/ and please continue to follow all precautionary steps as outlined by the CDC and the Clifton Health Department, who provides health services to the Township of Little Falls.

Associations at the Mill and Inwood

Both The Mill and Inwood would like to remind residents that their grounds are private and are not open to the Public.

CASE-BY-CASE BREAKDOWN

Reporting
Date
Case # Hospitalized? Healthcare
Worker?
Age Gender Status (Blank box means in Progress)
3/20/2020 Case 1 N N 50 F  
3/20/2020 Case 2 N N 57 M Recovered
3/25/2020 Case 3 Under Investigation Under Investigation 71 M Unknown/No Response
3/26/2020 Case 4 N N 23 F Recovered
3/26/2020 Case 5 N N 51 F Unknown/No Response
3/26/2020 Case 6 N N 55 F Recovered
3/26/2020 Case 7 N N 59 M Recovered
3/26/2020 Case 8 N Y 58 F Recovered
3/27/2020 Case 9 Deceased Deceased 49 M Deceased
3/28/2020 Case 10 N N 25 M Recovered
3/29/2020 Case 11 N N 64 M Recovered
3/30/2020 Case 12 N N 30 M Recovered
3/30/2020 Case 13 N N 15 M Recovered
3/30/2020 Case 14 Y N 67 F Recovered
3/30/2020 Case 15 N N 80 M Recovered
3/30/2020 Case 16 N Y 70 F Recovered
3/30/2020 Case 17 N N 36 F Recovered
3/30/2020 Case 18 N N 45 M Recovered
3/31/2020 Case 19 N N 42 M Recovered
3/31/2020 Case 20 N N 39 M Ill
3/31/2020 Case 21 Y N 78 M  
4/1/2020 Case 22 N N 46 M Recovered
4/1/2020 Case 23 N N 40 F Recovered
4/1/2020 Case 24 N N 57 F Recovered
4/1/2020 Case 25 N N 37 F Recovered
4/1/2020 Case 26 N Y 23 M Recovered
4/2/2020 Case 27 N N 80 F Recovered
4/3/2020 Case 28 N N 51 F Ill
4/3/2020 NOT LF UNKNOWN UNKNOWN 9 F  
4/3/2020 NOT LF UNKNOWN UNKNOWN 51 F  
4/3/2020 Case 29 N N 19 F Recovered
4/3/2020 Case 30 N N 54 F Recovered
4/3/2020 Case 31 N N 67 M Recovered
4/3/2020 Case 32 N Y 35 M Recovered
4/4/2020 Case 33 N Y 36 M Recovered
4/4/2020 Case 34 N N 67 M Recovered
4/4/2020 Case 35 N N 22 M Recovered
4/4/2020 Case 36 N N 21 M Recovered
4/4/2020 Case 37 N N 52 F Ill
4/4/2020 Case 38 N N 60 F Recovered
4/4/2020 Case 39 N N 33 M Recovered
4/5/2020 Case 40 N N 49 F Recovered
4/5/2020 Case 41 N N 48 M Recovered
4/5/2020 Case 42 N N 63 F Recovered
4/5/2020 NOT LF UNKNOWN UNKNOWN 31 M  
4/5/2020 NOT LF UNKNOWN UNKNOWN 30 M  
4/6/2020 Case 43 N Y 50 F Recovered
4/6/2020 Case 44 N N 65 M Recovered
4/6/2020 NOT LF UNKNOWN UNKNOWN 90 F  
4/6/2020 Case 45 N N 37 M Recovered
4/6/2020 NOT LF UNKNOWN UNKNOWN 64 M  
4/7/2020 Case 46 Y N 47 M Recovered
4/7/2020 Case 47 N Y 64 F Recovered
4/7/2020 Case 48 N N 49 F Recovered
4/7/2020 Case 49 N Y 34 F Recovered
4/7/2020 Case 50 N N 33 M Recovered
4/7/2020 Case 51 N Y 51 M Recovered
4/7/2020 Case 52 N N 28 F Recovered
4/8/2020 Case 53 N N 40 M Recovered
4/8/2020 Case 54 N N 27 F Recovered
4/9/2020 Case 55 N N 51 M Recovered
4/9/2020 Case 56 Y N 52 M Recovered
4/10/2020 Case 57 N N 51 F Recovered
4/10/2020 Case 58 N Y 61 F Recovered
4/11/2020 NOT LF UNKNOWN UNKNOWN 36 F  
4/11/2020 Case 59 Y N 79 F Recovered
4/12/2020 Case 60 N N 64 M Recovered
4/12/2020 Case 61 N N 58 F Recovered
4/12/2020 Case 62 N N 42 M Recovered
4/13/2020 Case 63 Deceased Deceased 64 M Deceased
4/13/2020 Case 64 N N 46 F  
4/13/2020 Case 65 Deceased Deceased 59 M Deceased
4/13/2020 Case 66 N Y 60 F Recovered
4/14/2020 Case 67 Y N 39 F Ill
4/14/2020 Case 68 N N 48 M Recovered
4/14/2020 Case 69 N Y 48 F Recovered
4/14/2020 Case 70 Under Investigation Under Investigation 57 F Unknown/No Response
4/14/2020 Case 71 N N 70 F Recovered
4/14/2020 Case 72 N Y 63 M Recovered
4/14/2020 Case 73 N N 10 F Recovered
4/15/2020 NOT LF UNKNOWN UNKNOWN 35 F  
4/16/2020 NOT LF UNKNOWN UNKNOWN 61 M  
4/16/2020 Case 74 N N 23 M Recovered
4/16/2020 Case 75 N Y 54 F Unknown/No Response
4/16/2020 Case 76 N N 27 F Recovered
4/16/2020 Case 77 Y N 70 M Recovered
4/16/2020 Case 78 N N 56 M Recovered
4/16/2020 Case 79 N N 49 M Recovered
4/16/2020 Case 80 N N 43 F Recovered
4/16/2020 Case 81 N N 18 M Unknown/No Response
4/16/2020 Case 82 N Y 51 M Unknown/No Response
4/18/2020 Case 83 Deceased Deceased 78 F Deceased
4/18/2020 Case 84 N N 33 M Asymptomatic
4/19/2020 Case 85 N N 39 M Recovered
4/19/2020 NOT LF UNKNOWN UNKNOWN 62 F  
4/19/2020 Case 86 N N 58 F Recovered
4/19/2020 Case 87 N N 56 M Recovered
4/19/2020 Case 88 N N 28 F Recovered
4/19/2020 NOT LF UNKNOWN UNKNOWN 25 M Recovered
4/19/2020 Case 89 N N 50 M Recovered
4/20/2020 Case 90 N Y 27 F Recovered
4/20/2020 Case 91 N N 54 M Recovered
4/20/2020 Case 92 N N 42 F Recovered
4/21/2020 Case 93 Y N 64 M Recovered
4/21/2020 Case 94 Y N 93 M  
4/21/2020 Case 95 Y N 78 M Recovered
4/22/2020 Case 96 N Y 43 F Recovered
4/22/2020 Case 97 N N 61 M Ill
4/22/2020 Case 98 N Y 60 F Recovered
4/22/2020 Case 99 N N 50 M Recovered
4/22/2020 Case 100 N N 54 F Recovered
4/23/2020 Case 101 N Y 53 F Recovered
4/23/2020 Case 102 N N 51 F Recovered
4/23/2020 Case 103 N N 65 F Recovered
4/23/2020 NOT LF UNKNOWN UNKNOWN 41 F  
4/23/2020 Case 104 N N 47 F Recovered
4/23/2020 Case 105 N N 69 M Recovered
4/23/2020 Case 106 N N 33 M Recovered
4/24/2020 Case 107 Y N 82 M Recovered
4/24/2020 NOT LF UNKNOWN UNKNOWN 59 F  
4/24/2020 NOT LF UNKNOWN UNKNOWN 78 F  
4/24/2020 NOT LF UNKNOWN UNKNOWN 85 F  
4/25/2020 NOT LF UNKNOWN UNKNOWN 33 M  
4/26/2020 Case 108 N N 56 M Recovered
4/26/2020 Case 109 N N 51 M Recovered
4/26/2020 NOT LF UNKNOWN UNKNOWN 62 F  
4/26/2020 Case 110 N Y 33 F Recovered
4/27/2020 Case 111 Deceased Deceased 93 M Deceased
4/27/2020 Case 112 N Y 49 F Recovered
4/28/2020 Case 113 N N 52 M Recovered
4/28/2020 Case 114 N Y 33 M Asymptomatic
4/28/2020 Case 115 Deceased Deceased 90 M Deceased
4/28/2020 Case 116 N N 68 F Recovered
4/28/2020 Case 117 N N 54 M  
4/29/2020 Case 118 N N 33 F Recovered
4/29/2020 Case 119 N Y 55 F  
4/30/2020 Case 120 N N 51 F  
4/30/2020 Case 121 Deceased Deceased 56 M Deceased
5/1/2020 Case 122 N Y 33 M Recovered
5/6/2020 Case 123 N N 78 F Recovered
5/7/2020 Case 124 N N 68 F  
5/8/2020 Case 125 N N 33 M Recovered
5/11/2020 Case 126 N N 38 M  
5/13/2020 Case 127 N N 37 M Asymptomatic
5/13/2020 Case 128 N N 23 M Recovered
5/13/2020 Case 129 N N 48 M Recovered
5/18/2020 Case 130 N N 61 F  
5/18/2020 Case 131 Deceased Deceased 98 F Deceased
5/19/2020 Case 132 N N 55 M Recovered
5/19/2020 Case 133 N N 29 M  
5/19/2020 Case 134 N N 37 F Asymptomatic
5/20/2020 Case 135 N N 53 F  
5/23/2020 NOT LF UNKNOWN UNKNOWN 33 F  
5/27/2020 Case 136 N Y 41 M  
5/27/2020 Case 137 N N 20 M  
5/28/2020 Case 138 N N 49 M Recovered
6/10/2020 Case 139 N N 71 F Asymptomatic
6/12/2020 Case 140 N N 32 M Asymptomatic
6/13/2020 Case 141 N N 36 F Asymptomatic
6/19/2020 Case 142 N N 47 F Recovered
6/19/2020 Case 143 N N 54 F Asymptomatic
6/30/2020 Case 144 N N 56 F  
6/30/2020 Case 145 N N 37 M  
7/1/2020 Case 146 N N 48 M Recovered